After you've exchanged your "I do's", the last of the champagne has been drunk and the cake devoured, one of the most enduring keepsakes of your big day other than your treasured memories, will be your wedding rings. After all, it is a piece of jewellery that you will wear for the rest of your life and the ultimate symbol of your commitment to one another. As such, it is vital to do your research when it comes to choosing his and her wedding bands.
Agree on your style
It's important to discuss the basic look you would both prefer before you embark on your search. If you envisage a delicate platinum ring with diamons and your groom-to-be has a plain yellow gold band in mind, you're going to need to compromise.
Start the search early
Once you have a basic idea of what you want, it's time to hit the jewellery stores. Gives yourselves at least two months to browse, research, price and revisit rings that catch your eye. Allow even more times if you're looking to have your wedding bands custom made.
Have a budget and stick to it
As with any purchase, the desire to spend just that little bit extra is tempting, even after outlining your overall wedding budget. Ensure you stay firm and do as much research as you can.
Keep your engagement ring in mind
Your wedding band preference will have to be largely dictated by your engagement ring. You need to select a band that will both complement and fit comfortably with the sparkler you're already sporting. Opt for the same type of metal, whether it be platinum, yellow gold, white gold or titanium.
Choose a ring that reflects your lifestyle
Your wedding band should not only reflect your personalities - whether you prefer the simple, no-frills look or something with a little more sparkle - it should also suit your lifestyle. If you often work with your hands, spend a lot of time playing sports or are an outdoors-loving person, look for a streamlined solid metal ring free from any diamonds or stones that could catch or come loose.
Go for comfort
Given its something you will wear everyday, finding a comfortably fitting ring is a must, and ultimately, comesd down to two factors - shape and width. A popular choice is a ring made with a comfort curve, so it is curved on the inside of the band.
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