Wedding season is almost upon us! Whether you're planning a wedding at a large venue with all of your friends and family (when things have calmed down and opened up again) or eloping with your significant other, you're going to need to get your wedding ring. Brides usually have a lot of questions about wedding bands that can complement their engagement ring, including a timeline for when they should get one given their wedding date. Our aim is to answer those questions for you.
Tips for Shopping for Wedding Bands
Shopping for your wedding ring is one of the best parts of planning your wedding! All of the sparkle and glam adds to your level of excitement. In the process, it's important to keep in mind that you want to choose something that is realistic for your lifestyle, is within budget, and you feel is a wonderful representation of your personality and your love. Here are some tips for you:
- Start shopping for your wedding ring well in advance: It's typically recommended that you start shopping for your wedding ring roughly three months before your wedding day. This gives you plenty of time to look around, find the perfect band, and have it sized to you before the wedding day. If you are planning on having a custom wedding band made, then you'll want to start the process even sooner!
- Do some research before you start shopping: You don't want to rush wedding ring shopping or make a decision without doing research ahead of time. This will help ensure that you don't get overwhelmed when you walk through the doors of a jewelry store. Set a budget for yourself and figure out what your preferences are. Maybe you'll like options you're already finding during your research, or maybe you'll decide to do something custom.
- Browse online and in-store: You'll get a very different experience browsing in-store than you will online. Plus, it's a good idea to get a feel for jewelry in-person, if possible. It can be hard to gauge size and color from pictures online. Preliminary research online is great, then we recommend coming in-person to look at what you've liked online to ensure it's what you want. If coming in isn't an option, you do have the option of buying online and then returning if it's not what you needed.
- Get your finger sized: You'd be surprised how many people guess their ring size incorrectly! Before you start looking for a ring, and definitely before you buy one, you'll want to get your finger sized. This is a much quicker process than buying a ring that's the wrong size and having to send it into a jeweler to get it resized for you.
- Make sure it matches: Another great reason to go in-store to find a wedding band is that you'll want to make sure it matches your engagement ring! How disappointing would that be if you purchased a wedding band online, got it delivered, tried it on and then found that it doesn't match your engagement ring (and you're a week out from your wedding). Ouch! Not a fun scenario. However, this is a VERY rare scenario. As long as you pay attention to metal types, you should be good to go buying online.
- Don't be afraid to ask the jewelers questions: Shopping for a ring can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! Jewelers are always standing by to answer your questions and are happy to do so. Let them know your preferences and ask if they can find something that fits those preferences. If you aren't sure about something (like cut, color, metals, etc), just ask!
Who Usually Buys the Wedding Bands?
Traditionally, the bride purchases the wedding band for her groom and the groom purchases the wedding band for his bride. Many choose to go to a jewelry store together to do this, but you can also do so separately to surprise each other if you want to get a little more romantic and spontaneous with it! Although, he might be a little more okay with the unknown than she is. Just something to keep in mind.
Are You Searching for Wedding Bands?
We have a great selection of wedding bands for women, men, and to celebrate anniversaries!
Check out our wedding bands online, or come into one of our jewelry stores near you to see them in person when we open our physical doors again.