With much to consider in your wedding planning, from choosing the right venue for celebrating your vows to finding the outfit that will wow your husband-to-be, you won't be short of things to do. But some of these things are only temporary. You will only pay for them once and probably not give them much attention again. That isn't the case with your wedding ring. This is something you will be wearing for life, so due care and consideration needs to be taken when choosing the perfect piece for your ring finger.
For starters, you need to think about your budget. While you don't want something that looks like it came fresh from a Christmas cracker, you still don't want anything that will blow your entire wedding budget. Figure out how much you have to spend, and then narrow down your choices. Avoid looking at jewelers that will only make you go emerald green with envy, and search for a ring online and on your high street in those places that suit your budget.
You then need to choose the metal for your wedding ring. Depending on your budget and lifestyle, some will be more suitable than others. It also needs to sit alongside your engagement ring, so you need to decide whether you want something to contrast or match what you are already wearing. A sliver band is a popular and inexpensive choice, but they can get tarnished easily. Platinum wedding bands are also popular; not only for the elegant look when placed upon the finger, but also for the extreme durability. However, platinum rings are at the top end of the price scale, but if you are in danger of blowing your budget, you could go for a palladium wedding ring, which is of a similar color but at a budget-friendly price tag. Check out this wedding ring metal guide for a more comprehensive overview.
Choose the right gemstone that fits your budget. If diamonds truly are a girl's best friend, then you might want to consider this precious jewel as your gemstone of choice. Using this guide to VVS Diamonds, you will be able to compare the look and prices available to you. Traditionally, diamonds come in round (brilliant-cut) and square shapes (princess-cut), but you can also opt for more glamorous designs when choosing a stone. However, the more unique the diamond shape, the higher the price, so know your spending limits. Of course, you don't need to opt for a diamond at all. Coming in at a range of prices, there are some stunning diamond alternatives, from sapphire to aquamarine that may also take your fancy.
Finally, remember to find a ring that fits your finger. This is a no-brainer, of course, but you need to schedule your ring fitting at the optimal time. External factors, such as the warmer temperature or added weight gain can cause your fingers to swell, so take the advice of the jeweler before purchase. If you do make a mistake, you can still have the ring adjusted at the jewelers after buying, so all isn't lost if you have any problems.
If you are getting married soon, then we hope this advice was useful to you. We wish you every happiness in this exciting new chapter of your life.
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