When shopping for a wedding ring, it's easy to be swayed by heightened emotions, idealized examples from movies, and the marketing of the diamond industry.
Under such pressures, you might end up with wedding rings that aren't right for you. Before you go shopping, read these tips on how to buy a wedding ring that fits your budget, style, and taste.
Decide on Your Budget
Generally, wedding rings should account for 3% of your wedding budget. So, a £20k budget means that the two of you might spend about £600 on both rings. But if one of you wants diamonds or platinum, or feels that wedding rings should be far less expensive, you'll need to negotiate where that money will come from.
Decide If He Should Have a Wedding Ring Too
Not all men wear wedding rings, and the decision is one that many couples disagree on. He may not be used to wearing jewellery, or feel uncomfortable with a ring, but to not wear a ring might be sending the wrong signal. Either way, this is a conversation you want to have before you go begin your search.
Think About Your Style
Do you want a really classic wedding ring like a simple gold band, or a diamond eternity band? Or do you want to have something modern and unusual? The simpler the band, the more shopping options you'll have, as it is easy to buy simple wedding rings. Since this is a ring you're planning to wear for the rest of your life, you'll want to make sure its style can grow with you.
Decide if You Want Matching Wedding Rings
Although many women want to co-ordinate their wedding ring to their engagement rings, I know many men who would rather that their wedding ring matched their spouses. The symbolism of matching simple bands helps to convey the eternity of your bond together. But if your taste runs to simple and streamlined, while he likes more ornate and detailed jewellery, it may be better to not worry about matching.