Congratulations, you’re getting married! You’re probably enjoying all the benefits of engagement. Like proudly showing off your beautiful engagement ring and looking forward to a bright future with the one you love. Now the fun really begins.
Perhaps you’re just starting your wedding “To-Do” list and realizing the many things you need to get checked off prior to walking down the aisle. These, of course, are all part of the amazing adventure you’ve just started together, but in today’s blog we’re going to look at one “to do” that sometimes gets overlooked – securing the wedding rings. More specifically: Matching Wedding Rings to Engagement Rings.
Now, you might be asking yourself “does my wedding ring actually need to match my engagement ring?” Well, yes OR no. It really depends on you. We think the question is more easily answered with a quick read through these 5 helpful tips. Take a look and let us know your thoughts.
Tip 1: You’ve Got the Look
This might require a closer examination of your engagement ring. What kind of style does it have: contemporary, vintage, modern, abstract? And how about the band metal. Is it yellow gold? Solid sterling silver, white gold, or platinum? Maybe rose gold? All of these things contribute to your engagement ring’s overall look. Consider this when you are shopping for wedding rings if you think you might want something complementary.
Tip 2: There’s Weight in Those Stones
Most engagement rings have precious stones. A large percentage of those stones are diamonds, but not all. Some have alternative precious gems or even no stones at all. If your engagement ring doesn’t have stones, you can skip this tip and go to Tip 3. But if it does, weigh whether you would like your wedding ring to feature the same stones. It’s an easy way to match up both rings, even if they have contrasting styles.
Tip 3: What’s He Going to Wear?
Considering the groom is a good way to go when thinking about matching bands. Does he have his wedding ring yet? Are you shopping for them together? Perhaps your wedding rings – His and Hers – could match, keeping the engagement ring completely out of the equation. In fact, many modern-day brides choose to wear their engagement ring as a “stand-alone” expression, keeping it on a different hand than her wedding ring.
Tip 4: How Do YOU Feel About It?
In many of our discussions about wedding etiquette, this one always comes up. In all honesty, it is the most significant tip of all: how do YOU feel about it? The decision to match or not match your wedding and engagement rings can feel very important. To a lot of people, it is. Which is exactly why the choice should always be yours. It’s your wedding. It’s your big day. And it’s your expression of love. You and your future spouse should do what you want to do and let any concerns for matching remain secondary.
Tip 5: Do Everything at Once
Maybe you’ve decided to get married but don’t have your engagement ring yet. No worries at all because wedding ring sets are most definitely a thing. AND, they include both bands! In fact, The Bradford Exchange has a great selection of these sets, many of them with a wedding band for him as well. Of course, if you go this route, you won’t have to worry about matching at all because it’s already been done for you. And that’s why we saved this tip for last.
Thank you so much for reading! Did we help you figure out how to proceed with wedding ring shopping? We certainly hope so. And by the way, best wishes to you and your sweetheart for a life-long marriage of joy and happiness.Top Tips: Matching Wedding Rings to Engagement Rings by The Bradford Exchange