You know what they say: if you like it put a ring on it! Before putting a ring on each other's finger on your wedding day, it is important to ensure that the wedding rings you have picked are truly perfect for you and your partner. As the symbolic jewelry that defines your lifelong bond, the rings have to be both beautiful and suitable to your personality.
With that said, let us take you through the three tips we think will really help to pick a pair of rings that are truly you in every aspect. Scroll right down to see it!
Mind your budget
First things first, set a budget for the wedding rings. This will really help to narrow down options, both for you and your wedding ring vendor. Set aside a good amount for the rings and if you want, it is totally reasonable to splurge on this one. If you're having a budget friendly wedding, you don't have to worry as there are ways you can trim spending for your wedding rings while still getting a beautiful pair you love. Take a look at the factors below, which can directly affect the cost of your wedding rings.
The most common material for wedding rings is gold. Different gold carats will affect its price per gram so you can adjust this accordingly to your budget. If you want something more economical, platinum, palladium, or silver can be your alternative. The weight of the metals will also determine its price. A gold ring with thin band will of course be a lot cheaper than one with a thicker band. So choose wisely.
Diamonds or other embellishments
Some couples wish to have diamonds on their wedding ring. International-style wedding rings even have diamonds all around its band, as a seat for the engagement ring. Traditional Indonesian weddings have different beliefs on this one. For example, the Javanese customs believe that a wedding ring shouldn't have any embellishments including diamonds, symbolizing a smooth marriage. However, if you wish to add diamonds or other precious stones to your wedding ring, we say it's totally fine.
Now the diamond's characteristics will determine its price, which will affect your overall wedding ring price. The 4C standard is the globally-accepted standard for determining diamond quality and adjusting it properly will help you cut cost on your wedding rings. If in the end the total cost still goes over your set budget, we suggest skipping the diamonds or other precious stones altogether.
Don't forget to calculate the additional costs that may be hidden such as engraving or delivery cost. Different stores have different policies on this one so be sure to check that the price you're paying already covers everything.
Choose the right model
Up next, is picking a model and this is where it gets tricky. With so many models to choose from, anyone can easily be overwhelmed. Don't panic. Take a look at the Infographic below to get acquainted with the basics.
Now that you know some of the basics, you can easily voice what you want to your vendors. Some additional tips, first, think about the ring's timelessness. It may be one that seems trending at the moment but will it still be relatable 3 to 5 years from now? Remember, it's a ring you're going to wear everyday so be sure that its model stands the test of time.
Also, you don't have to have the exact same ring your partner has. The ring is made to convey your personalities after all so having a pair that is not wholly identical is definitely fine. Explore on mismatched wedding band inspirations to get ideas on this area. Last but not least, prioritize comfort. A bride I know chose a model that's too edgy and unconventional that it feels uncomfortable for daily use. As a result, she often took the ring off and finally lost it. Choosing a ring that's sized perfectly also promotes comfort. Don't choose a size too small or too big in hopes of losing or gaining weight after the wedding day. If a ring is not rightly sized, it will be an uncomfortable fit and not too pleasing to the eyes as well.'
Photo: Elizabeth Medina Photography
Make it truly yours
Finally, make the ring truly yours by personalizing it. Creating a custom engraving is one way you can customize the rings. If you wish to go the extra mile, ask your jewelry vendors to create a pair of rings that's designed according to your personality. This way the rings will uniquely be yours and wearing it will remind you every day of the beautiful union you and your partner has.
Above all, choosing a wedding ring should be a process that you and your partner enjoy. Choose a pair that you both like and are comfortable with. Don't conform to anyone's expectations and be confident with your choice. It is okay to ask for opinions but the final decision is in your hands.
Tell us about your dream wedding ring in the comments section below and don't forget to share this article to other brides-to-be who might need it. Good luck!