Six Key Things To Think About When Planning Your Wedding Band
A match made in heaven — and no we are not just talking about you and your partner getting married. We’re talking about your engagement ring and your wedding band. Here are six key points to keep in mind when you're shopping for your wedding band.
Flush fit or Modern Stackable look
There are two directions that you can go when you’re thinking about pairing your engagement ring with a wedding band. Something that fits perfectly flush up against your engagement ring, or allowing for a gap between the rings to embrace the different looks. This truly comes down to personal preference as a style look, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Style-wise, the current trends lean towards an alternate style of engagement ring from the wedding band. Many brides are opting for different shaped gemstones or unique bands for stylish flare. This modern look is called “stackable” — layering many rings on one finger with very little concern for how they fit up against one another.
- The setting of your engagement ring plays a big role. Sometimes it’s not possible for a wedding band to sit flush against your engagement ring — like when you have a fancy halo, or your ring sitting low on your finger in a basket setting. In these instances, if a bride doesn’t want doesn’t wish to see the gap of skin between the rings, they’ll opt for a band that curves around the centre stone or halo.
As shown: Chevron wedding band, Straight wedding band – in yellow gold with a white gold ring.
Gold Color Match
Many brides will think about what color they wear the most in their day to day jewelry and try to match that. Remember: while your style may change over time with trends, your engagement ring and wedding band is forever. With that, keep these things in mind:
- Match the gold color on the band and the engagement ring to create a uniform look.
- Going with a different color gold on the band and the engagement ring, so that no matter what other jewelry you may layer over your lifetime, it will always look good
- Think about the diamonds or gemstone that you’re using. Many jewellers will recommend using white gold or platinum to set diamonds so the yellow or rose color of the gold does not reflect into the diamond — assuming you’ve gone with a white diamonds. But keep your own style in mind, too. If you’ve received morganite, ruby, or another alternative gemstone that goes better with gold, trust your judgment!
As shown: White gold band, white gold engagement ring
To bling or not to bling
It’s key to think about how much bling you want on your finger. Are there diamonds on the band of your engagement ring? Perhaps you want to go without and let the gold color of the band speak for itself. Or, vice versa. Try to picture the rings together as one. I like to look at my hand and squint to see the sparkle to assess whether it feels right, like when you squint at a Christmas tree to see if the lights are spread evenly.
Your partner’s ring
Bride and groom matching rings are on the rise in a big way. Read more about our genderless wedding bands here, or shop genderless jewelry here.
Historically, trends point towards each partner selecting the band that goes best with their personal style. However, many are now matching their partner’s band as a symbol of unity. Even if you don’t want to wear a band that’s the exact same as your partner, there are ways to tie them together like using the same type of gold, engraving something sentimental, or placing matching gemstones on the inside or outside of the band.
Additional bands down the road or wearing your band alone without the engagement ring
While many brides like a wedding band to fit perfectly with the engagement ring, consider whether you’ll ever want to wear your band alone. This is relevant during those big life events, like swollen fingers when you’re having a baby or wanting to travel and not take your (likely) more expensive engagement ring with you. If this is important to you, try wearing them independently to see if you still love the look.
Cleaning your rings
Years – even decades – ago, the style was to fuse the rings together after the wedding ceremony to create one ring. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this for a few reasons. It’s harder to resize the future as our fingers swell or shrink throughout different stages of our lives — and rings become volatile if they’re resized over and over. Fusing rings also makes them harder to clean. If they’re left separately, you’re able to access the various diamonds and ornate design elements to keep it gleaming good as new.