As the ultimate symbol of eternal love and commitment - a wedding ring is the first step to beginning a new chapter of your life with your partner.
Deciding how to choose the perfect ring can be a daunting process, with so many options from different widths, shapes and sizes to precious metal types, the experience should be a truly personal one.
You may already be familiar with the old tradition where the bride buys the groom’s ring and likewise, the groom buys the bride’s. It is, however, becoming more popular for couples to choose their wedding rings together - this is also a great idea for those who wish for their rings to match. There is no correct answer as to who should buy the wedding rings, but it is a good idea to make this decision together ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Your wedding day is likely to be one of the most memorable and precious moments of your life, with so much time spent planning the big day it could be that you may not have considered the wedding rings. It is a good idea to include the cost of the rings within your wedding budget so you are fully prepared. Whether you have a tight or slightly more generous budget, rings generally cost anywhere from £200 to upwards of £3000, meaning there is a style out there for everyone.
If you have a slightly tighter budget, spending somewhere between £200 - £400 will still allow you to buy a stunning ring. A good choice would be a 9kt white gold band which is both elegant and practical.
There are many stunning options if you are looking to spend between £400 - £600. This type of budget is ideal for those wishing to choose either yellow or rose gold, as you will be able to opt for 18kt which has a higher percentage of gold content making the ring appear brighter and richer.
If you are looking at beautiful diamond-adorned or durable platinum wedding rings, it is good to note these styles will set you back anywhere upwards of £600.
Brides tend to have an unlimited selection of wedding bands to choose from. Traditionally wedding bands tend to be plain, however, rings adorned with diamonds have become increasingly popular for those looking for a little extra sparkle (see our diamond education guide).
Many brides tend to opt for a wedding band which matches their engagement ring. If you wish to do so, try coordinating the metal type of the band and the overall style as closely as possible. For those with an unusual shaped or particularly large diamond engagement ring, you may wish to consider the shape of the wedding ring so it fits beautifully around the diamond.
Another thing to consider is the width of the wedding band which will have an impact on the design, so those with longer fingers may wish to opt for a thicker band. Similarly, those with a larger or unusually shaped diamond engagement ring may wish to choose a thinner wedding band for a more comfortable fit.
The material you choose for your wedding band will determine the complete look and feel of your design. It is important to consider the band material carefully based on your lifestyle, type of jewellery you currently wear (if any) and the material of the engagement ring.
As you will be wearing your wedding ring every day, it is important to consider your lifestyle. For those who play instruments or work with their hands often, you may wish to opt for a slimmer band with rounded edges for maximum comfort. If you are particularly active you may want to avoid gemstones so they do not get dirty or damaged, and opt for a durable metal such as platinum to avoid scratches or wear.
Platinum - a durable metal which pairs perfectly with diamonds and coloured gems.
Yellow gold - a traditional precious metal great for those who tend to wear gold jewellery every day.
White gold - possibly the most popular gold metal type due to it’s elegant and versatile tone.
Rose gold - a fashionable metal which has become increasingly popular due to it’s pretty blush hue.
Visit our metal guide for further information.
If you would like both your engagement and wedding ring to match harmoniously in both shape and style, why not consider bridal sets. Bridal sets are where both the engagement and wedding rings have been created together so that the size of the diamond, the shape, the colour of the band, and the fit are carefully considered to create a beautifully fluid design.
Insurance is advised for any precious piece of jewellery, particularly those deemed high in value. Before spending any money on your wedding, including your rings, it is advised to consider taking out wedding insurance. Once married, it is a good idea to include both wedding and engagement rings within your home insurance for further protection.
Discover our selection of wedding bands for further inspiration.