Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How To Choose the Perfect Wedding Ring

Today we have a guest blog from with some helpful advice on selecting wedding bands. This is an area I rarely see any advice on so I love hearing these tips!

So you have set your wedding plans in motion and it's time to get your rings. This is one of the most intimate details of your wedding when you choose a symbol of love to wear on your finger the rest of your lives. However, though the moment might stimulate romantic notions and starry-eyed dreams, there needs to be a reality check before you hit the cash register. Wedding rings mean different things to different people and may be the pinnacle of your ceremony, just be sure that you use some cerebral flexing in between heartbeats. Your wedding rings are a visible sign to inspire and encourage your love, however practicality serves you well in the long run.

1. Choosing the style, thickness, material components and price range is the first hurdle to the alter. If you elect a traditional and simple gold band, you can be sure it's not all that simple. Each partner extends a uniquely crafted hand that will vary in size and shape from the other person, so therefore, your wedding band sets should be a comfortable fit for both of you. Persons with shorter fingers possess a smaller space between their knuckles and may find a thinner band to be the ticket. Conversely, he or she with the larger hand will fare better aesthetically with a wider band. No problem with the band width; you still have a match.

2. Some brides need a little sparkle and want to see a few rocks on their fingers. Wedding bands inlaid with diamonds are popular with both clusters and single stones and can be mixed with her favorite shades of sapphire, rubies, jade or topaz. The trend today is to follow your own way and cut your own path. Traditional rings never go out of style, however, the neo-bride may wish to design her own custom settings and clusters. If you elect to wed this route, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to mull your ideas, experiment with design and find a jeweler that see's your vision. Six months should get you to the alter on time.

3. They say that love is blind, but lets hope you have 20/20 vision when setting the price limit on your rings. The amount you pay for the rings is not a mathematical equation for the depth of your love, but rather a matter of good business sense as to what you can afford. The true value of your wedding ring comes from the sweetheart who will slip it on your finger, and not how many zeros are on your receipt. Save money when you can and be happy with what you get. As the years roll by, your wedding ring will become more precious to you, so no need to spoil the ride with a mountain of debt.