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It’s pretty safe to say that buying a wedding band is one of, if not the most important, jewelry purchases you’ll make in your life. You want to get all the details right before the big day.
You don’t have to feel stressed out, though. By starting the process early and keeping a few things in mind, you can find wedding bands you and your spouse will love almost as much as each other!
The team at Steven G Designs is here to help – learn all about it below.
You’re probably planning on your marriage lasting a good long time, and you should think about your ring in a similar way. Don’t just think about how the band looks shiny and new - think about how it will look in 5, 10, and 20 years.
Gold and silver look fantastic new, but they are both soft metals and easily scratch. You may find yourself going to the jeweler every few years for a tune-up.
If that doesn’t sound like something you’re up for, consider more durable options like platinum, ceramic, or tungsten rings. You may also want something on the tougher end if you use your hands a lot at work.
There are times when guessing a size is okay, like impulse buying a cute t-shirt or picking up some costume jewelry. Buying a wedding ring is a whole other kettle of fish.
Knowing your ring size ahead of time can help you avoid the time and expense of a ring exchange. It is best if you find a seller who can offer you a wide range of sizes in case an exchange is needed.
Thankfully, it is not difficult to find your correct band size. Most jewelers are happy to help you get sized free of charge. Or you can purchase a finger ring sizer set online for a minimal cost and measure the ring size you need by yourself at home.
Be aware that home methods, such as, the string or paper methods very rarely work. We also do not recommend the use of online printable ring sizers, as the sizes vary from printer to printer.
If, after you get your band, the sizing still doesn’t feel right, take it or send it back to the company you purchased it from and request and exchange to a different size. It’s worth getting a perfect fit – comfort should be a top priority.
Once upon a time, you were more or less expected to have a similar style of wedding band to your spouse. At the very least, you both had to share the same metal.
Those days are gone! You and your beloved should feel free to match (or not) as you want to. You can also consider mixing colors or materials - perhaps one spouse has a band of silver tungsten with a blue stripe while the other has a black tungsten band with a rose gold interior. There are a lot of ways to coordinate your bands without being too matchy-matchy.
And you can always coordinate your rings, if you want, with meaningful inscriptions on the inside of the bands.
Thinking your rings have to match is just one example of how we feel overly tied to certain expectations about weddings. With so much history and cultural baggage surrounding one tiny piece of jewelry, it’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed!
So let’s be clear - your wedding ring doesn’t need to please your parents, your grandma, or some long-gone etiquette writer. You and your intended are the only ones who get to have an opinion.
If you want to have a wedding band with meteorite in it then go for it! If you want to save money and add a modern flair by opting for a tungsten band, do it! Don’t start off your marriage with a band that makes you any less than elated.
You mustn’t treat buying your wedding band as if it’s a last-minute rush to the grocery store – it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Give yourself plenty of time to explore your options and pick a ring that really speaks to you. Be aware that you may also have to wait a while for the ring you really like to be created.
You’ll also have to factor in time for shipping if you’re ordering a ring online. And there might be extra days involved if you ordered the wrong size and need to have the ring exchanged.
Your wedding ring is a symbol of the new life you’re starting with your spouse. Be sure to give the process the time and care it deserves.
Part of the reason you want plenty of time is to check out all of your options. There are so many places to shop - your local jewelers, online retailers, and even big box stores are all in the wedding band business.
If you don’t know what you are looking for then it is best to ask friends or family who might have already purchased a wedding band. And be sure to check out the company that you want to deal with. Read their online reviews, find out how long the company has been in business and how many years they have been making wedding bands. You can also test their customer service by contacting the company with a question and see how long it takes them to respond and what is the quality of their answer. At Steven G Designs we have over 1,000 5-star reviews!
Keep a list of potential wedding bands as you do your shopping and be alert to patterns you notice. Do you gravitate to a rose gold finish? Are you eyeing tungsten rings with a combination of materials, such as wood or deer antler?
Once you have a list of bands that really speak to your heart, you can go through the list to pick ones that fit your budget and make sense with your lifestyle.
Speaking of budgets, do you know yours? Shopping for a wedding band without one is a dangerous business. It’s easy to get seduced by fancy styles that are way above your price range.
It’s easier than ever to find attractive, long-lasting rings that don’t break the bank. Many styles even look like pricey gold or platinum but cost much less, such as, a gold plated tungsten wedding band.
Consider your lifestyle, too. If you’re prone to losing items, you may not want the pressure of an expensive ring. If you work outside or with children, you may not want to risk damage to pricey jewelry.
Whether you’re tying the knot at City Hall or just trying to save up for a killer honeymoon, there’s an affordable wedding band out there for you.
Buying a wedding ring will always be a little stressful. But with plenty of time, a clear budget, and a good sense of what you want, you can come out with the perfect token to commemorate the start of your marriage.
If you’re looking for affordable band options, check out the selection of tungsten carbide bands from Steven G Designs!
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