Now that you have the engagement ring and have started planning your big day, the next step is to choose a wedding band. Before you commit to a ring that you’ll wear for the rest of your life, here are a few tips for finding the right band for you.
Start looking early
Once you’re engaged, it never hurts to shop around. Look up different rings online and get an idea of what style you like best. Once you know what you like, start shopping. Allow at least two to three months before your wedding to find a ring—even longer if you decide on a custom band.
Don’t worry about matching
If you and your partner have different tastes in metals, don’t fret! Your wedding bands don’t have to match in style or color. After all, you will both be wearing these rings for years to come, so you want to choose something you like, even if it doesn’t match your partner’s band.
Know your budget
Wedding bands can include a significant chunk of your overall budget, so know how much you can spend before you start shopping. A plain gold or platinum band can cost around $1,000, while any additional embellishments, like stones or engraving, can send that cost higher. And if you’re on a tight budget, don’t be afraid to shop around and find something that works for you.
Consider your lifestyle
Remember that you will wear your wedding band every day, so think about how your work or hobbies may affect your ring choice. If you work with your hands, you may want to avoid any embellishments and stick with a strong, simple band. If you are highly active, consider platinum, which is one of the most durable metals.
Keep an open mind
You may have photos of your dream ring all over your Pinterest board, but don’t shy away from trying something new. You may fall in love with a ring you wouldn’t expect. Talk to the jeweler, listen to their suggestions, and be open to trying on different bands and seeing how they feel.
Go for classic
Just like with fashion, timeless is better than trendy. Choose a band that will still look good in 30 or 40 years. Of course, you’re not married to the band, so you can always change it or upgrade it for a later anniversary. But be sure to pick something you won’t mind wearing for decades.
Be aware of maintenance
As you look at wedding bands, pay attention to which metals need more maintenance and cleaning. Bands with stones, for example, will require frequent cleaning to stay sparkly. If you’re not into high-maintenance jewelry, maybe opt for a simple gold or platinum band that requires less work.
Get it sized at the right time
Chances are you will wear your wedding band through all seasons and changes to your body, so you want to make sure you get the right fit. Schedule your ring fitting at a time when you are calm and your body temperature is normal. Avoid sizing first thing in the morning, right after you’ve worked out, or when you’re very hot or cold, as these conditions can cause your fingers to expand or shrink.
Above all, choose a wedding band that fits your style and personality and reminds you of the love you and your partner share.