If you go wedding ring shopping without a plan, the chances are you’ll find yourself overwhelmed very quickly. Follow our simple tips below and find the perfect rings for your big day — and, of course, the rest of your lives.
Start looking now
You might think now is too early to start shopping for your wedding rings, but whether you have six months, a year, or longer before your special day, it is always better to start looking as soon as possible. This will give you plenty of time to find the wedding bands of your dreams, and get them custom made or resized if need be. Don’t leave it too late, panic, and buy rings you aren’t completely in love with, just because you don’t have time to think about it.
Starting the search early also gives you opportunity to save more money for your rings — after all, these rings are for life, so it’s worth spending a little more than you would on your usual jewellery.
Set a budget
Before you start shopping for your wedding rings, set a budget — this is often a certain percentage of your overall wedding budget. This way, you can tell the jeweller your budget, forget about the monetary side of things, and concentrate on choosing the perfect rings for you both.
Decide on a metal
Deciding on a metal will narrow your choices down considerably, which can be helpful when you are feeling overwhelmed by all the options available to you. Some people opt for their all-time favourite metal, some for the metal of the season; others choose based on what best complements their skin tone, and some go for the strongest, most robust metal that will stand the test of time. Of course, the bride will probably want her wedding ring to match her engagement ring, but the groom doesn’t need to coordinate with the bride if that’s not what you want. Popular materials for wedding rings include platinum, gold, white gold and palladium.
Shop as a couple
While the purchase of an engagement ring is often a solo activity, it can be fun to shop for your wedding rings together as a couple. It is traditional for the groom to buy the bride’s ring and vice versa, so why not shop together and enjoy trying on different styles and shapes of ring.
Size it right
It is important to order rings based on your average finger size, rather than the size of your ring finger when your hand is hot, cold or bloated — otherwise you might find your ring doesn’t fit the majority of the time. With this in mind, don’t get measured for your wedding rings first thing in a morning, when you’re pregnant or when you’ve just been exercising.
Are you ready to choose your rings? Explore our wedding ring collection online or visit us in-store for a wide range alongside bespoke options to create a ring as unique as you.