The proposal received a "yes", and now there is a wedding to plan for. However, one of the most important decisions regarding the wedding will be choosing the wedding bands. Wedding bands are intended to be worn every day for the rest of your life. This is why this decision shouldn't be made lightly. You and your spouse will want to have wedding bands that look great and that you both can comfortably wear every day. Here are some tips for choosing the best wedding bands:
Start Shopping Right Away
Since your wedding bands play such an important role in your wedding and your marriage, you don't want to put off shopping until the last minute. If you do this, then you may end up accepting the wedding bands that are 'good enough' because you aren't able to find the perfect ones. This is why you should start looking as soon as you know you're going to be married. This puts you in the best position to find you and your spouse the best bands possible. If you can't find the right wedding bands, starting early leaves you time to determine you want custom bands. This also allows you some time to have them designed and completed for the wedding day.
Shop With the Engagement Ring
You don't want to make the mistake of thinking a wedding band will work with the engagement ring, only to find out you were wrong, and the two can't be worn together. This is why you should bring the engagement ring with you and try bands on with it. The band should fit nicely against the engagement ring without pinching your skin, and they should look great together.
Decide Whether Matching Bands is Really Important
Some couples decide to get matching bands and some decide not to. It's a personal decision, but the two of you should discuss how you feel about wedding bands that match. If you feel this is an important aspect, then you have just narrowed down your search to matching sets. If you decide you each want your own style wedding band, then you are more free to find one that is perfect for each of you.
Choose the Metal Wisely
If you don't do a lot of manual labor with your hands, and you aren't hard on jewelry, then you can typically go with most types of metals. However, if you work with tools, and you know you are going to knock the wedding band around, then you should choose a stronger metal. If you want gold, then you don't want to go softer than 14K, and 10K would be even better. If you're open to other metals, then you might want to consider Tungsten because it is a very hard metal that will be extremely difficult to damage.