Wedding ring buying guide
Getting ready to tie the knot? As the ultimate symbol of everlasting love and commitment, your wedding ring should be a truly personal choice. With so many options, from different widths, shapes and sizes to precious metal types, it can be a difficult decision to make. Simply follow our easy guide on how to choose the perfect wedding ring to make the process that much easier.
Who should purchase the wedding rings?
With modern tradition, it is becoming more and more popular for couples to choose their wedding rings together. Another tradition is for the bride to buy the groom’s ring and likewise for the groom to buy the bride’s. No matter what you choose, it is a good idea to make this decision together ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
How to choose the groom’s wedding band
It is common to choose a wedding band which matches or is similar to the bride’s, for example, if they opt for a white gold style the groom may wish to choose the same metal type but in a thicker band width. Although this is a common theme, it is important to remember that personal preference is key, as there are a number of options for the groom when it comes to their ring choice. For example, the metal can be brushed, polished or braided to create a unique effect, or the band may even be adorned with diamonds. Then there is the choice of width, those with larger hands may wish to opt for a thicker band.
How to choose the bride’s wedding band
There tend to be more options for brides when it comes to their wedding band. It is becoming increasingly more popular for the wedding ring to be matched up to the engagement ring, but this decision should be entirely up to the individual. If they do wish for the wedding band to match their engagement ring, try coordinating the metal type of the band and match the overall style as closely as possible. For those with an unusual shaped or particularly large diamond engagement ring, you may wish to consider the shape of the wedding ring so it fits beautifully around the diamond.
Traditionally wedding bands are plain, however, it has become increasingly more popular to select a ring adorned with diamonds (see our diamond education guide), perfect for those looking for a bit of extra sparkle. It is also good to remember the width of the wedding band will have an impact on the design, those with longer fingers may wish to opt for a thicker band. Similarly, those with a larger or unusually shaped diamond engagement ring may wish to choose a thinner wedding band for a more comfortable fit.
What should I consider when choosing band material?
When choosing a precious metal for the wedding band it is important to learn more about the options available, as all metal types have different properties which determine the look and feel of your design. As you will be wearing the ring every day, it is also important to consider your lifestyle. For those who play instruments or work with their hands often, you may wish to opt for a slimmer band with rounded edges for maximum comfort. Those who are particularly active may wish to choose a durable metal such as platinum and avoid gemstones so they do not get dirt trapped in them or damaged.
Platinum - a durable metal which pairs perfectly with diamonds and coloured gems.
Yellow gold - a traditional precious metal great for those who tend to wear gold jewellery every day.
White gold - possibly the most popular gold type due to it’s elegant and versatile tone.
Rose gold - a fashionable metal which has become increasingly popular due to it’s pretty blush hue.
Still unsure? Discover our metal guide for further information.
What are bridal sets?
Bridal sets are a great option for those wishing for both their engagement and wedding rings to match up harmoniously in both shape and style. The size of the diamond, the shape, the colour of the band, and the fit are carefully considered to create a beautifully fluid design.
Should I get insurance for the rings?
Absolutely! Insurance is very important, particularly for precious jewellery. Before spending any money on your wedding, including your rings, it is advised to consider taking out wedding insurance. Once married, it is a good idea to include both wedding and engagement rings within your home insurance for further protection.
Discover our selection of wedding bands for further inspiration.