6 Tips on How to Pick a Wedding Band that Complements the Engagement Ring
She said yes (or you did)! Now, you’ve got perhaps the most wonderful problem of all: how to choose a wedding band that complements your gorgeous engagement ring.
After all, you’re going to be wearing it for the rest of your life. Therefore, you want to pick a wedding band that will make you happy every time you see it.
Now, you’ve probably started shopping already, which is why you’re here: there are so many wedding bands out there, but finding The Ring is just as hard as, well, finding The One!
Allow us to simplify it for you. Keep reading to learn how to choose the perfect pair!
What is a wedding band?
A wedding band is a ring you choose to wear along with your engagement ring. It’s what you will slip on each other’s fingers during the wedding ceremony.
Wedding bands come in many shapes and patterns, so you can select one you really like! They’re not just there to match; you might want to consider how you can complement your engagement ring with your wedding band for a truly unique look for you both.
Do wedding bands have to match engagement rings?
Not really. In fact, you can choose a completely different wedding ring as you please!
There’s no specific rule for matching your engagement ring and your wedding band so you should go for whatever you think you’ll enjoy wearing more.
What material should the wedding band be made of?
As you might have guessed, the material is all up to you, too. However, there are some rules you can follow to make sure your wedding jewelry doesn’t just look amazing, but is also stylish and fashionable.
For example, it’s a good idea to use similar metals with different finishes. You may also want to keep them balanced in terms of intricacy. If your engagement ring has a massive stone, for instance, you may want to keep your wedding band more on the plain and classic side so it doesn’t overshadow your engagement ring.
Additionally, you also need to consider more than looks. The styles should be comfortable when you wear them at the same time. They should be practical, too: if you work in a physically-demanding job, for instance, you may not want engagement rings or wedding bands with too many stones that can fall off.
6 Tips on Choosing Wedding Bands
Choosing a wedding band is like choosing your soulmate. You want to be absolutely sure that you get it right– and that includes pairing the wedding band perfectly with your engagement ring.
Sounds like a tall order? Not if you have these tips in mind:
1. Know your style
The best way you can avoid a fashion disaster pairing your wedding band to your engagement ring is by knowing what your personal style is.
This means you should pick a wedding band that you know you would choose for yourself if you were out shopping– not one you’ve been talked into buying or think you should have because it matches the engagement ring you already have.
If you have an eye for jewelry, you might want to consider picking your wedding band yourself. But if you aren’t so sure, you may be wise to let your fiance take you shopping or ask a close friend or family member who understands your sense of style to help you.
2. Match the metal
Matching the metal doesn’t mean you have to pick a wedding band made of the exact same metal as your engagement ring, but you should pick ones that are at least in the same family.
For example, you can pair a yellow gold engagement ring with a rose gold or white gold wedding band. If you select a more unusual metal like tungsten you may want to consider matching it with another more conventional metal you know you’ll be happy wearing day in and day out.
3. Match the design
Think complementary, not identical when you’re choosing a wedding band to match your engagement ring.
For example, you might choose a vintage-inspired engagement ring with a modern, geometric band. If you have a solitaire engagement ring, you may want to consider a ring you can wear stacked with it.
Whichever you choose, it’s important to remember to avoid anything too matching or you risk your wedding bands looking like you’ve got two of the same ring on your hand.
4. Consider your lifestyle
When shopping for the perfect wedding band, you should think about how you live and what you need from your rings.
If you’re someone who is very active, you might want to consider picking a harder metal for your wedding ring that’s less likely to scratch.
If you’re not into jewelry you might want to consider a plain wedding ring that’s less likely to get in the way of your daily activities. If you work with your hands you may want a more durable wedding band, and you can always add a little bit of bling to it later.
5. Consider engraving
Engraved wedding bands are popular as you can match your wedding band to your engagement ring and leave a reminder of your love on your finger every day you wear them.
If you’re both getting engraved bands, you could discuss whether you want them to say the same thing or you could have half your wedding band engraved and your fiancé can get you matching earrings to complete your set.
6. Stack for style
If you want to make your engagement ring look more fashion-forward you might consider pairing it with matching stacking bands. This can be a great way of changing up your look without buying an entirely new set or making you choose between two sets you love equally.
You might also choose to stack your wedding band with another you want to wear on an everyday basis. This can be a way of showing you’re happily betrothed without having to give up all the rings you love most in your jewelry collection.
Wedding Band FAQs
- Does the engagement ring have to match the wedding band?
It depends. Many people do decide to match their wedding bands with their engagement rings, but you don’t have to.
It’s really up to you and you will find you can actually pick the perfect wedding band in any style, including solitaires, pave sets or anything you think looks good.
Another option is trying both types of bands on together before you buy them so you can see what they look like together. This gives you the chance to see how you like the look of them when both your engagement ring and wedding ring are on your finger.
- Should an engagement ring and wedding band be the same width?
Again, it depends on you. Many people choose matching widths for their wedding bands but you do have the option of having different width styles if you want to.
If you are worried about your wedding band standing out too much, you could always make it thinner or even choose a colour for your wedding band that blends with your engagement ring.
You could also go the other direction and choose a wider wedding band to make your engagement ring look larger. This often works well if you have a smaller diamond for your engagement ring and you want it to stand out more on your hand.
- How do you know if you are wearing the right wedding band size?
A good fit is when you can move your finger, but not slide the wedding band off. To check if you are wearing the right size you can try on your ring and turn it around. If you feel as if you could slide it off you should go down a size, but only by half a number at most.
It’s important that you’re comfortable even when you’re wearing your engagement ring and wedding band at the same time.
- What are the most popular types of wedding bands?
For instance, the contoured wedding band hugs the shape of your engagement ring. On the other hand, a curved wedding band may or may not sit flush with your ring, but it’s also an elegant option.
Other types are the halo, eternity band, notched ring, classic wedding band, straight wedding bands, stacked, and pointed weddings bands.
Finding the perfect style for your wedding ring should also factor in the cut and shape of the diamond or whatever gem you want in there, whether you want to go with a band set or not, and more.
Find the Perfect Wedding Rings for Your Big Day
Here at Gold Galore Jewelers, we know that so much thought and love goes into finding the perfect wedding ring or engagement ring. This is one of the most important pieces you’ll ever buy or wear, so every detail has to be right.
As Tampa Bay Area’s most trusted engagement rings dealer since 1980, allow us to help you pick the most beautiful wedding band for your engagement or wedding day that also matches your budget.
We offer everything from custom pieces to jewelry replication, modification, and ready-made beauties, and we’re confident you’ll find the right one here at Gold Galore. Visit us today, or contact us and see how we can help!