Part of the reason why married couples wear wedding bands is to symbolize the never-ending love that culminated in their union. The other reason is to give a clear sign to others that they’re off the market.
The wedding bands and engagement rings you choose will be one of the most enduring pieces of your wedding day. Not only are they an important element of becoming married, but they are also a long lasting symbol of your love and commitment.
Therefore, you’ll want to choose jewelry that is timeless and high quality. Ultimately, you’ll also want to be an educated consumer who knows what you’re getting for your dollar.
Follow your instincts with the look and design of your ring, while asking yourself if it will be a design you’ll be comfortable wearing every day for the rest of your life.
The traditional plain gold wedding band will be in style for years to come. If that’s too plain for you, consider a beaded edge or an engraved style. For a slightly flashier look, what about channel-set diamonds? You should also think about whether to engrave your wedding rings, and what they will say.
Ultimately, choose a wedding band that you feel is expressive of your style and personality. I’ve heard of a couple that chose to have wedding bands custom-made that resembled bicycle gears, reflecting their mutual love of bike-riding. There’s really no wrong answer as to what style you should choose.
Many couples choose the metal for their bands by matching it to their engagement ring. However, don’t feel bound to this. A bride can choose to wear her engagement ring on her right hand, and wedding ring on the left.
Style, comfort and your lifestyle matter most. First, pick a style that looks good on your finger. A band that’s narrower in back than in front tends to be more comfortable than one that’s the same width all around. If you actively use your hands all day at work, make sure your ring won’t get in the way by choosing something simple.
Look for bands fashioned from less expensive metals, such as 14k yellow or white gold. You might also consider adding rows of micropaved diamonds to your wedding band. Micropave offers maximum sparkle (it looks like glitter) at very affordable prices.
If you love color, consider a design that includes small semi-precious stones such as aquamarine (blue), citrine (yellow), peridot (green) or amethyst (purple) — stones that are in fashion now.
Today, anyone can design their own rings with the help of a good jeweler, or by looking online at established, brand-name web sites. The easiest way to personalize? Have your jeweler inscribe both your names or initials and your wedding date into your bands.