A wedding ring is the most visible sign of marriage as it represents
eternal life together. These rings have long been a part of history
and have not always been made of metal. Ivory, leather, bone and
glass along with precious metals have in the past been used to
create wedding rings. Shopping for the rings is easily one of the
most enjoyable tasks of planning the event. With so many beautiful
choices it can also become a bit overwhelming.
should be purchased 4 months before the wedding date (wedding
planning timeline). By this time most of the stress inducing
items have been decided which will allow for a brief period of
relaxation. Shopping for the rings should be an enjoyable relaxing
time for the couple to regroup before tensions flare.
Wedding rings are a major purchase because they need to last a
lifetime. It is important to stick to the budget even at this time
as once shopping begins, you will find the perfect ring, and want it
no matter what the price tag says. The rings also need to be
practical and fit well. The ring should be loose, but with enough
resistance around the knuckle so the ring doesn't easily fall off.
Your occupation must be considered, as those that work with their
hands can easily knock loose stones and prongs. If machinery is used
on a regular basis the ring could possibly pose an injury risk if it
is too large.
Trendy rings will be in the forefront at the jewelers, but most
want traditional rings. The rings will be worn for a long time and
trends will not last that long. Consider what both parties like and
remember the wedding band is the only item of jewelry most men wear
so let the groom have some say.
Take both people's preferences into thought. If both prefer white
gold, yellow gold, platinum or a mixture of any of the above let
that help in choice. Gemstones, diamonds, scroll work, and filigree
preferences will also assist in decision making. Many couples choose
simple bands while other prefer cultural rings. Wedding rings can
match or be completely different to show each persons unique style.
The decision is totally up to the couple.
Once the rings have been selected, engraving will need to be
decided. Engraving is a wonderful way to add a personal message to
the ring and it is amazing what can fit into that small space. Be
certain to read the receipt before handing over payment, especially
when special ordering rings or having them engraved. Also ask about
proper care for the rings, and consider insuring the rings.