Many couples, especially brides spend their early lives imagining their wedding day. The wedding dress, the walk down the aisle, the exchanging of the rings, all so memorable.
Planning for that big day can feel daunting with hundreds of big and little decisions to make. In the years following your wedding, the significance of many of those decisions will fade over time. Yet, there’s one decision that will stay with you all of your married life (beyond who you choose to marry, of course).
Choosing the wedding bands that you and your spouse will wear is one decision that will be with you, right there on your left hand for the rest of your married life.
You want to make sure you are making a smart choice related to your wedding bands, so they are rings you will love through all of your married life. Read on to learn all you need to know about selecting your wedding bands.
History of the Wedding Band
The wedding band has symbolic and historical significance. The ancient Egyptians were the first to place wedding bands on the third finger of the left hand. They chose to place the ring here because they believed that this finger held what they called the vein of love.
The vein of love traveled from this finger directly to the heart giving it significance. They believed that putting a ring on this finger meant you would achieve everlasting love.
The round shape of the ring is also symbolic. Since there is no start or end to the ring, it represents never-ending love, which is the reason that centuries of people around the world have chosen to exchange rings.
Engagement Rings vs Wedding Bands
In more modern times, brides often were given engagement rings as a sign of the commitment to come. Now, it’s become traditional for a bride to be given an engagement ring at the proposal and then a wedding band at the wedding.
The bride may choose to wear both rings, sometimes they even fit together.
This really is about personal preference versus necessity. Some people prefer to wear just a wedding band to show their commitment to their partner without wearing an engagement ring too.
Ring or Band or Both?
Many will use the term wedding ring synonymously with the term wedding band. Because the wedding band is still a ring, the actual piece of jewelry placed on the left hand is referred to by many using both terms.
Technically though, the wedding ring is usually the engagement ring. This is the ring that contains a stone, often a diamond. While the wedding band is exchanged at the wedding.
Wedding bands can have diamonds or other stones, although many opt for simple bands too.
Shopping for Diamonds, the 4Cs
Again, since this is an investment that you’ll wear the rest of your life you want to have some knowledge about it. Shopping for a diamond, typically for the engagement ring means you need to know about the 4Cs. The 4Cs stand for cut, color, clarity, and carat.
This helps to define the type of diamond you will get, including its value and look.
The cut represents how the diamond is cut which can impact how the ring sparkles. Carat represents the size of the ring. Often the more carats the more expensive the ring. Although, that is not always true when you factor in color and clarity.
Color represents how little or how much color shows in the ring. Diamonds are rated from D to Z. The closer the rating is to D, the less color it has and the likely higher the cost will be.
Clarity addresses if there are any flaws in the ring. Remember, diamonds are stones.
Wedding Band Metals
Beyond wedding rings, you will need to select wedding bands. These are the bands exchanged by the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. Often they are of matching or coordinating materials. Although modern couples are also allowing each partner to select what best fits them.
Most wedding bands are made from one of four metals. This might be yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum. There are different advantages to each material, but often what your wedding bands are made of comes down to personal preference.
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Get the Fit Right
One important consideration to remember when purchasing wedding bands is to get the fit right. Most wedding bands can be sized by your jeweler. You don’t want to wait and have a ring you’re exchanging at the wedding be too big or worse yet, too small and unable to fit the finger.
Rings that you plan to wear the rest of your life need to have a proper fit. Make sure your body temperature is normal when you get them fit, don’t go for a fitting after being in the cold or when you’re warm from say a workout.
The last thing you want to do is lose your wedding band because it didn’t fit properly.
Investing in Wedding Bands
Traditionally, the groom bought the bride her wedding band and she bought the groom his ring. It was a gift that’s exchanged on their wedding day. Many couples now go in together to make this purchase, planning it out as part of the expense of planning a wedding.
It’s worth considering how long you plan to wear this ring. This is a piece of jewelry that will be worn always, so it makes sense to invest in a quality piece of jewelry for your wedding bands.
Choosing the Best Wedding Bands For Your Marriage
Planning a wedding is exciting. You make many decisions about you and your partner will celebrate the beginning of your life together. Choosing your wedding bands is a decision that will stay with you throughout your married life.
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