Once the question has been officially popped, there’s a flurry of things to do before a couple’s big day. First, a wedding date must be decided. That’s probably consideration numero uno. But after that, there’s the guest list, venue reservation, catering, decorations, the wedding party selection and so much more. All of it to ensure the wedding day is one to remember.
Often there is so much preparation going on, it’s easy to forget one of the most significant components of the wedding: the rings. Wedding rings are a symbol of a couple’s bond and an outward showing of the commitment that’s been made. That makes them pretty important to have. Especially if they are going to be part of the ceremony.
But again, if you are engaged and plan on tying the knot soon, shopping for wedding rings can sometimes slip through the cracks. Even when remembered, there are quite a few additional things to think about when the shopping for rings officially begins.
With today’s blog, we want to help people who have wedding bells set to chime in their near future. To do that, we’ve put together this beneficial list of Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Wedding Rings. Please enjoy and feel free to share with your spouse-to-be.
Forgetting to Consider Budget
It’s wise to think about how much you want to spend on wedding rings before shopping. Taking a look at your financial numbers now can help avoid disappointment later. Say you find rings that you both absolutely love but then find out they are far outside your price range. That’s not a fun experience. Decide on your wedding ring budget ahead of time and you will always know what’s available to you. You will probably be looking at your budget already in consideration for all of your wedding expenses. It’s easy enough to make the rings a part of that discussion
Letting Etiquette Limit Selection
There are a lot of wedding “rules” out there. But these rules are okay to break as well. Wedding etiquette – which originally dictated how wedding rings should look and how they absolutely must match – has eased over time. Today, it is perfectly acceptable to go against long-time wedding traditions if they do not feel right to you. In fact, it is encouraged. Because wedding rings are your personal statement to your spouse and to the world, they should certainly reflect your personal style.
Getting the Ring Size Wrong
Size does matter. No one wants to have wedding rings that are too big and that slide off during the ceremony. Or worst yet, don’t fit at all. If you have your wedding rings custom made, this should not be a concern, as long as you know your ring size and there is no fluctuation prior to your wedding day. However, if you are buying existing rings, make sure they are sized to fit by the jeweler in advance of your big day. This is a standard practice and easy to accomplish by a professional, especially if the ring is too large to begin with.
Not Considering Your Partner
Sometimes, in order to ensure it is an actual surprise, engagement rings are not discussed prior to the actual engagement. However, with wedding rings, you and your partner are making many decisions together. Namely, the one to “have and to hold as long as you both shall live”. For that reason, it makes sense that you would make your wedding ring choices together. Select a style (or styles) that you both appreciate, with bands that fit your preferences as individuals, and as a couple.
Time waits for no one. Unfortunately, that also includes those about to enter wedded bliss. Most engaged couples create lots and lots of lists so they don’t forget anything. If you are making a list for your upcoming wedding, put wedding ring shopping at the top of the list, in bold, and draw 2 lines beneath it. As mentioned previously, finding the rings can fall through the cracks easily so it’s sage advice to avoid waiting until the last minute.
Thanks for reading! We hope this blog post helped prepare you for wedding shopping and finding your perfect ring(s). It truly should be a worry- and stress-free experience after all. It’s all very exciting and nothing should quell your enthusiasm, romance, and wedded bliss. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and we wish you both a happily ever after.Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Wedding Rings by The Bradford Exchange