Even though 40% of all marriages are a remarriage, that doesn’t make them any less special. Since your wedding rings will symbolize that specialness for the rest of your lives, it’s important that these be special, too. But with so many options available, how do you decide which rings you and your partner will be happy with for years to come?
Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a stressful decision. By following the tips in this buying guide, you’ll soon be showing off the perfect wedding rings to friends and family.
Know Your Budget
As with any other major purchase, you shouldn’t start looking until you know what you can spend. It’s important to have a realistic picture of what you can afford before you get your heart set on a certain style or feature.
A simple gold or platinum band can cost around $1,000 depending on the retailer and jewelry brand. However, embellishments like engraving, diamonds, and other features can quickly increase the price.
As you might guess, gemstones tend to be costly with the price depending on the value of the stones. The cost of engraving will vary depending on the number of characters, the font, and whether it will be done by hand or with a machine.
Start Your Search Early
Once you know what you can afford, you should start searching for the perfect rings as far ahead of time as possible. Ideally, you should give yourself at least two or three months before the wedding to look for rings.
The more time you give yourself, the more enjoyable the process will be. You’ll be able to take your time trying on different rings, comparing metals and styles, and exploring your tastes and preferences.
If you intend to get custom-made rings, you will probably need even more than a few months to get them made. If you aren’t going the full-custom route but are having some modifications done, such as engraving, you should allow at least one month for the customization.
Buy Your Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands at the Same Time
If you (or your girlfriend) prefer to let the engagement ring be a surprise, this step won’t apply. Otherwise, you should consider buying the engagement ring and wedding bands at the same time.
Since ladies typically wear their engagement ring alongside their wedding band, it’s a good idea to take extra steps to make sure they go well together. If the engagement ring is very ornate and unique, you may want a simpler band to go with it. Conversely, a simpler ring may demand a more elaborate band. If you (or she) will be wearing the band by itself on occasion, you will probably want a wedding band that looks great on its own. If not, you could get one that interlocks with the ring.
Talk with your jeweler for advice and ideas on pairing engagement rings with wedding bands. Some jewelers will even create both rings at the same time.
Buy for the Long Term
It’s never bad to be trendy, but you should probably think long-term and choose rings that will still be stylish in 40 years. However, don’t stress about this too much. You can always update or replace the rings as your income increases or to mark special anniversaries.
You should also keep your lifestyle in mind as you’re comparing different rings. A wedding ring is an accessory you’ll wear every day of your life, so if you lead a very active lifestyle you’ll want a ring that doesn’t get in your way.
If you’re an athlete or musician you may want a comfort fit ring, which is slimmer with rounded edges. If you work with your hands you will probably want to avoid costly gemstones or elaborate carvings, which could either pop out or catch dirt over time. If you’re worried about damaging your ring, opt for a platinum one, because platinum is highly durable and resists scratches.
Try Different Styles
Whether your style is super-hip or strictly traditional, don’t be afraid to try on varying styles and metals while you’re exploring your options. You never know what unlikely option you might fall in love with.
Keep these tips in mind during your search and you’ll be sure to find the best wedding rings for you and your future spouse.