Wedding Rings: How to Choose the Perfect One for You

It may just be a piece of metal – gold, titanium, platinum, tungsten, silver – but a wedding ring with gemstones or diamonds means a great deal more than what it’s worth. Choosing a wedding ring can be a little overwhelming, but with a few tips, any betrothed couple in the middle of wedding planning will find that choosing the perfect ring is easy and fun.

Differences between metals
Before seeking out those fabulous wedding rings, you may first want to be knowledgeable about the different metals – and how they will fit into your budget. Gold rings are determined by color and carat, and the higher the carat, the softer it gets. Silver is perfect for those on a strict budget, but is also a soft metal. Platinum is the most desirable, but is not always affordable.

Even though gold, silver and platinum are popular among both men and women, tungsten and titanium, which are both strong and durable, are growing in popularity for men’s rings.

Tips for men
Some men may have thought they were done with the ring selection, as they already purchased a beautiful engagement ring. However, that is not the case. There are a number of things for husbands-to-be to consider when picking out a wedding ring, including selecting a style that fits their lifestyle.

Before going through the different types of metals and styles, men have to think about what they do for work and what their hobbies are. Those who are mechanics, tradesmen or gardeners, for instance, may want to think about how the ring can affect their work – and which metal may be most appropriate. Also, sports enthusiasts should also take what they play into account, especially if they are planning on wearing their ring while on the field.

How women can find the perfect match
Women already have something to work with when they are choosing their wedding ring, and it is important they match the new band with their engagement ring. Some brides-to-be love the idea of finding a wedding ring that pairs with their engagement ring flawlessly. For example, a princess-cut diamond set in a platinum band would look gorgeous with a platinum diamond eternity band.

However, other ladies may want to opt for gemstone rings, as this can bring a slight, subtle hue to complete the desired look. Also, diamond rings have been very popular to match with engagement rings.

Opt for something unique
Before you say “I do,” think about the event you are planning. Does it follow tradition completely? Are you and your fiance adding your personality into the ceremony and reception? Or are you trying to break free from all wedding mainstays? Answering these questions can better help you decide which ring would be perfect.

For women, finding a unique combination for your wedding ring and engagement ring may be more desirable than the quintessential perfect match. For example, the engagement ring you wear might be beautiful on its own, but a wedding ring with sapphire or ruby stones may give it that extra punch.

Men can go a little outside the box with their design by choosing a ring that is two-toned or has a woven pattern. Those who want to take it a little further can opt for a custom designed titanium ring or select a jigsaw puzzle ring, which is perfect for those who want to stand out.

Finally, no matter what style and metal you choose, make sure it feels right and is comfortable – you will be wearing it for a lifetime!

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