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Congratulations! You’re engaged to be married and the wedding venue is booked.
You’ve already started looking at wedding cakes and finally made a decision on the wedding dress, but have you started looking at wedding rings? If you have a dream wedding ring in mind, then its worth planning as early as possible.
You both want to enjoy the magic of choosing your perfect wedding rings together, all happy and relaxed and not in the last couple of months before your wedding, when there are a million things to do at once.
Relax. We’ve put together some frequently asked questions which should help begin your journey to finding the perfect wedding rings in plenty of time for the big day.
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We hope you’ve found this Wedding Guide useful and are looking forward to the lovely journey that lies ahead.
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It varies depending on culture and religion. Traditionally, every finger had its own symbolism. In some counties, including the UK, the wedding finger is usually the fourth finger on the left hand.
An ancient ritual, it originated from the belief that this finger has a vein running directly through to the heart. Other countries such as Norway, Spain and Greece, for example, wear their wedding rings on the right hand.
Ultimately, it’s your choice. Whether wearing on the traditional left hand or looking for an alternative, it signifies love and commitment. After all, love makes the world go round.
Traditionally, wedding rings were matched as a sign of unity, but it may not be possible to find similar rings due to differing tastes. Hand size and skin tone can also make a difference on what you ultimately choose or prefer. However, this will not change your enduring love for one another, as symbolised in the wedding rings.
Some couples look to match the wedding ring to the bride-to-be’s engagement ring. Whilst it’s not essential, it’s advisable to match the metals to prevent damage For example, a 9ct gold ring is a harder metal than an 18ct gold and will eventually wear the softer metal, making it thinner over the years. The engagement ring will also have been worn when choosing the wedding dress, so the colour of the dress will also be in the bride-to-be’s mind.
The placement of gems on the engagement ring may also influence the choice of metal and shape of wedding ring. That’s why an engagement ring is sometimes chosen at the same time as the wedding rings to ensure they complement each other or the same jeweller is chosen for both occasions.
If you decide on rings that have a different style, then matching up the same colour of metal is an option. From white gold, to yellow gold or platinum options, the choice is yours. However, there is nothing to stop a bride having matching metals for her engagement and wedding ring such as white gold and her partner choosing a yellow gold band, for example.
Some couples may opt for matching designs rather than metals. Others will engrave a special message inside each of their rings as an expression of their love.
Whatever you decide, it’s important to wear what makes you both happy. Ultimately, you may decide to go for a bespoke design. Live the dream!
They have been emblems of love since the Ancient Egyptians created wedding rings from plants available on the River Nile for their brides. A bride is also given a ring on her wedding day during Christian and Jewish wedding ceremonies and therefore still carries great significance today.
Following the exchange of vows is the exchange of rings to seal the promises made to love each other forever. Therefore, an engagement ring is a promise of marriage, whilst a wedding ring makes it official. If the bride has an engagement ring, it will temporarily be moved to the opposite hand until the wedding ring is ‘sealed’ in place.
Wedding rings today are usually made from precious metals such as gold to indicate this love is special and everlasting. They are formed in a circle which is the symbol of perfection, where heaven and earth meet. Your love for each other is like a circle, never ending, being ‘together forever’.
Many couples choose to wear their rings for the rest of their lives and never take them off, signalling to others that they are in a committed relationship and also acting as a gentle reminder of the promises made to each other on their wedding day.
There is a wide choice of different shapes available. The shape of a wedding ring is often referred to as the profile. The profile simply refers to the shape you would see the ring if the ring was viewed as a cross section. You will be wearing your wedding ring for the rest of your life, therefore it’s important that it not only looks good but is comfortable to wear. Amongst the many shapes to choose from, there are three main styles which are popular.
Court – The court shaped wedding ring is a traditional choice for bride and groom because of its comfort level. Often referred to as ‘comfort fit’, they are rounded on the inside and outside, so have no hard edges.
The Traditional Court features a straight band around the top and bottom with is softly rounded on the inside and outside.
Variations of the traditional shape court shape include the Soft Court, with a curve gentler than a Traditional Court, which has a flatter surface at the top.
A Premium Court is a heavier and more luxurious version, whilst a Flat Court is a more contemporary choice featuring a flat exterior whilst still retaining the comfort of a curved interior. The Court Profile is also popular because it is often a good match for the engagement ring, which sometimes determines the shape of the wedding ring.
D-Shaped – D shaped profiles are rounded on the outside and flatter on the inside. If you took a cross section of the ring, it would resemble a D shape. This gives the look of a court shape but with a closer fit and more streamlined style.
Shaped – If you have an engagement ring with a large diamond and gemstones, you may need a shaped wedding ring, in order to prevent damage. However, if you have a solitaire engagement ring, you may be able to fit a wedding band comfortably next to it if the stone setting is high enough.
Take your time and enjoy browsing through different wedding rings. Why not look for the perfect ring (link to ring builder) here. Our ring builder enables you to mix and match metals and styles, all in the comfort of your own home. Sit back and relax. It’s all about you!
A wedding ring tends to be a simpler design than an engagement ring with some opting for a pattern rather than a stone if the idea of a smooth wedding ring does not appeal. However, some brides may choose either a pavé or channel set band to complement their engagement ring.
If opting for gemstones, then diamonds are a popular choice and are flattering to all. You may consider putting some small diamonds in if you are not planning on wearing your engagement ring every day. However, coloured gemstones can also be used to reflect your unique style.
It’s also worth considering how your wedding ring will fit into your lifestyle as this could influence your choice. If you have a very active lifestyle or work with your hands, you may opt for a simpler wedding band which is lower maintenance and choose platinum, for example because of its durability.
Whatever you decide, just take your time and enjoy the experience of choosing your lifetime rings. A specialist jeweller is always happy to advise and guide you through your special purchases.
Traditionally, a ring was only given to the bride on her wedding-day and this was the case until around the mid-20th century. Times have changed and although a ring exchange is not a legal requirement, many men want to wear a wedding ring as a token of their enduring love and commitment for their partner.
Following the exchange of vows to each other at a wedding ceremony, there is usually the ring exchange to seal the promises made. It therefore forms an integral part of the wedding ceremony carrying great symbolism of forever love to each other.
Although some men not able to wear their wedding ring constantly for health and safety reasons, such as working in an industrial or healthcare environment, they may still choose to wear one for their wedding day. Ultimately, it’s a decision for each couple to make. After all, it’s your love.
There’s a lot to think about when planning a wedding. From organising the cake to choosing the dress, establishing a budget for the wedding rings is also wise. However, don’t lose sight of your dreams! It’s going to be one of the most important and happiest days of your life, so you can still have fun choosing your rings, without breaking the bank.
The first thing we should say is that it is unique to each couple what they spend on a ring, so don’t panic if you are on a limited budget. David Christopher has rings to suit all tastes and pockets. It’s also easier if you know what you are looking for, but don’t worry if you’re not sure. We can offer guidance to help you on your search for your dream rings.
If your partner already has an engagement ring, then the search could be easier. The metal used for the bride’s wedding ring should match the engagement ring to avoid damage and ensure they complement each other. The most important factor in determining the cost of a wedding ring is the type of metal used. For example, is the bride-to-be’s engagement ring is 18ct yellow gold, then the wedding ring will be 18ct yellow gold than 9ct to prevent damage. 18ct is more expensive that 9ct due to its purity, therefore will cost more. However, there is nothing to stop the groom having a 9ct wedding band in yellow gold if they want to match the colour of the metal and are on a budget.
The amount of metal used also has an impact, so band width is also a factor. And don’t forget the weight of the ring. The heavier the ring, the more metal is used. As a rule, men’s rings are typically wider and heavier than ladies wedding bands. Your chosen style of wedding band will also affect the cost. A plain wedding band will typically cost less than a patterned or bejewelled one. Therefore, whether choosing an existing option or having rings created in a bespoke design, your choice of metal, size, style and weight will all have an impact on the ultimate cost of a wedding ring.
Fixing a budget or even an upper limit, will help make the search to find your dream rings much easier and bring peace of mind. Whatever your budget, choosing your wedding rings should be a joyous occasion and we are happy to help. All of our wedding rings are made to order and we would love to help you in the quest to find your dream rings. We can arrange a telephone consultation in the comfort of your own home.