So you are getting married – congratulations, saying those vows and joining with the one, you love is a big deal. In fact, it’s such a big deal that most people refer to their wedding as the best day of their lives.
While the wedding itself might be the best day of your life, the weeks leading up to it most certainly are not. With so many things to prepare for and get organized, the weeks leading up to your wedding date can be described as just one thing – hell.
For many couples, the most difficult part of preparing for their wedding is choosing the wedding bands. Unlike the rest of the wedding, which will – sorry to say, fade away in a few short years, leaving only happy memories, the rings are for life.
Finding the perfect wedding ring can be a struggle, especially when you both want different things. But there are some things you can do to make choosing the rings easier:
Know how much you have to spend
Going out without a budget in mind is a recipe for disaster. Picture a full on fight between you and your husband-to-be in the jewellery store – not ideal.
Chances are that you and your partner have different ideas about how much is acceptable to spend on wedding rings, which is fine. Just make sure to discuss it at home, before going to the store. That way, you will both know where you stand and how much you have to spend.
Get an idea of what you want
Before taking a trip to your favorite jewelry store, browse online and get an idea of the wedding rings you want. It’s smart to get an idea of what you like before you go ring shopping, so that you know to look for.
Do you want your wedding band to match your engagement ring? Does he want his ring to match his favourite watch? Do you want something classic or modern? Do you want something with diamonds or something plain? Ask yourself these kinds of questions beforehand, so that you know what you want before you hit the shops.
There is no point arguing with your partner over the type of wedding bands you want to get. So what if you want a rose gold ring and he wants platinum one, there is nothing saying your rings have to match.
If you don’t like the idea of having different bands, compromise with a design that blends two metals together. Blended rings are beautiful. If anyone ask why you went for a blended ring, tell them that you wanted to show your two personalities bonded together. Pretty romantic, right?
Think about your lifestyle
You are meant to wear your wedding ring all the time, so it is important to think about your lifestyle when you pick it. There is no point in buying a pretty band that is gorgeous to look at but horribly uncomfortable to wear.
If you work with your hands, opt for a simple, solid ring and avoid gemstones. Gemstones can not only come loose and fall out, but all get dirty easily and are hard to clean. If you play sports or enjoy gardening, opt for a ring with rounded edges, as this will be the most comfortable.
Choosing the perfect ring can be tricky, especially when you and your partner have different opinions. The key to wedding ring success is discussing what you want beforehand and being willing to compromise.