When planning your special day, your to-do list will be loaded with huge tasks to accomplish — booking a venue, finding the perfect dress, picking a caterer; while it’s tempting to start big and work your way down, there’s one little detail you don’t want to save for last: choosing your wedding bands. So, when should you start shopping? Let’s take a look.
Start Looking Early, and Take Your Time
“Window shopping” is one of the joys of wedding planning! Browse casually as soon as you like, and let yourself imagine how different rings would look on you and your partner. The last thing you want to feel is rushed, so a good first step is getting familiar with styles and materials that resonate with you. In general, three to four months before the wedding you should start seriously shopping, with the goal of making a purchase at the six week mark.
Remember that engraving takes extra time, so budget for that if needed. Lastly, custom bands can take anywhere from one to two months, depending on your jeweler. A good rule of thumb is that you want your rings in hand a month before the wedding, which gives you plenty of time to make adjustments as needed.
Decide Together Who is Making the Purchase
While couples traditionally buy each other’s bands, everyone’s situation is different. Communicate with your partner and decide how you will handle the costs, and share what you’re looking for in a wedding band. Set aside a day together and request an appointment at a jeweler. Having a selection in front of you will make everything clearer -- although you can still surprise each other by making your final purchasing decisions separately.
Things to Remember
Keep in mind that while you may fall in love with a variety of styles, you’re looking for a wedding band that fits with your established style and, for brides, your existing engagement ring. It should be timeless, something that you want to wear forever and that symbolizes the important promise you’re making to your partner. Talk with them about what you’re looking for in a wedding band.
His-and-hers matching bands are common, but perhaps even more popular are distinctly different bands that are tied to each person’s unique style and personality. Understated designs are more popular with men, but the wide variety of options means there’s something for everybody.
If you plan on engraving your bands now or in the future, consider the amount of width and space your message will need on the inner band. A sweet message or even just your initials can make a wedding band all the more special, inside and out. Any customization will take additional time, so be sure to make a plan as soon as possible, with a jeweler’s help. Whether you’re adapting a piece of heirloom jewelry or creating a custom design, setting aside extra time and consideration will go a long way.
Where to Buy
The Wedding Ring Shop in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, is not only an incredible setting for romantic expressions, but the ideal place to find his and hers wedding bands in one spot, at a wide range of price points and styles. When you book an appointment or stop by The Wedding Ring shop, one of our trusted advisors will offer you a style consultation, guiding you through the selection of top designers to find the perfect fit for you and your partner.