Your wedding ring is likely to be one of the most permanent and visible reminders of your big day. There to show the world you’re taken, and prove to your other half just how committed you are, your ring is an important symbol of your wedded bliss.
Finding the perfect ring will ensure you and your partner will cherish this all important piece of jewellery both on the day, and forever more.
The difference between wedding rings and engagement rings
In general, engagement rings are more embellished than wedding rings. Encrusted with gemstones and often made to elaborate designs, engagement rings are there to show the world you’re taken.
Wedding rings on the other hand are often a little more modest. There as a symbol of your marriage and your commitment, they don’t need to be quite as eye-catching or as showy.
Wearing your wedding and engagement rings together
A lot of people opt for wedding and engagement rings that match or complement each other. This can be a good option if you plan to wear both rings in the future.
If you want to follow tradition, you should move your engagement ring to the third finger of your right hand on your wedding day. Your spouse can then put your wedding ring on the correct finger during the ceremony.
Alternatively, you can opt to wear your rings on the same finger. If you want to do this, it’s a good idea to buy a set of rings that slot together. This will ensure they look great side by side are comfortable to wear.
While engagement rings are often studded with diamonds, wedding rings can be a lot simpler. In many cases, these symbolic pieces of jewellery have no embellishments at all.
Instead, they’re made up of a simple silver or gold band, with the man’s ring often a little wider than the woman’s. If you want to have a few precious stones in your wedding ring, it’s a good idea to keep them small and stylish. Going over the top will make your ring look less like a wedding ring and may make it difficult to wear everyday.
Start shopping early
The key to finding the right wedding ring for you and your partner is to start shopping early. As @theknot says, “Once you have a basic idea of what kind of ring you’d like, it’s time for the fun part: trying them on! Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop.”
This should help to ensure you don’t feel rushed and give you plenty of time to find the rings that are perfect for you.
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