If you prefer to be surprised by the engagement ring, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make a decision. For example, if you have a unique engagement ring, you may want a simple, no-fuss band, whereas a simple engagement ring may call for the added sparkle of a diamond pavé band. Also think about how the rings fit together. If you’re planning on wearing your engagement and wedding ring side by side, 24/7, look for a contour or shadow band designed to interlock with the matching engagement ring. If you’re planning on wearing your wedding ring alone, you may want a more intricate style that will look great with or without your engagement ring. Talk to your jeweler about finding a band that works with your ring (some can even create both at the same time).
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You’ve got the engagement ring (after dropping a few hints of course), now it’s time to pick out the perfect wedding ring to go along with it—and we’ve got all the help you’ll need. Before saying “I do” to the perfect wedding ring, check out our guide on every important factor to consider.
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Diamonds or gemstones, platinum or gold—narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming, but don’t panic. Just take it one step at a time. Start with style: Are you envisioning a simple band or one with embellishments? Do you want your wedding ring to be the same metal as your engagement ring? Do you think you and your partner’s rings should match? Work out these kind of questions beforehand so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for, then start shopping around.
Everyone is always keeping up with the Joneses (which is the original expression, you guys — this is not a spinoff of the Kardashians), looking sideways to see how much other people spend on things like cars, houses and vacations. So a new study about weddings that reveals the average cost of an engagement ring will be of interest, especially to those of you who might be considering ring-buying, or might have a ring bought for you in the near future. Or just hope to participate in the tradition someday.
WeddingWire made public today the findings of its 2015 Newlywed Report, an analysis of 6,000 couples, including same-sex marriages. First off, they found that the average engagement ring costs $4,758, which is — not cheap. There are different conventions about how much to spend on such a ring, often based on how much the person proposing makes in a year — there’s the one month’s salary rule of thumb, for example, or the two month’s salary rule, or the do-your-thang rule. There is even an engagement ring calculator out there.
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If your partner wants to go halfsies on a ring with you, this gets a green light, according to the Today show. As reported by Brides, it is becoming increasingly common to split the cost of a ring with your future husband or wife, and though that may be not ideal to some, it’s completely acceptable and sometimes quite desirable. Professional matchmaker Samantha Daniels told Today.com, “I think it makes for a better connection between the two people.” There you have it.
The Emory study found that you’re 39 percent less likely to get divorced if you and your partner dated for three or more years before you tied the knot, reports MarketWatch. So — yes, consider carefully how much you spend on the ring, and think before you reach for the credit card. But the ring is definitely not the only factor that determines a successful marriage.
Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the “comfort fit”) may make the most sense. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt. If you’re super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn’t actually wear away).
According to an expert-fueled report on Brides.com, the purchaser should spend about three full months’ salary on the ring. This is more a rule of thumb, however, and if the person buying the ring is “heavily in debt or concerned about job security,” he or she might want to scale back a bit.
You may have heard the more prevalent rule of thumb that a person should spend about a month’s salary on the ring—and you have diamond manufacturer De Beers to thank for that little wisdom nugget. Back in America’s Depression era, De Beers started running an ad campaign suggesting that buyers spend one month’s salary on the ring to save money, and the idea stuck.
In our minds—and we assume the minds of many recession-strapped Americans—the amount spent on an engagement ring should be 100% up to the person buying it. Of course, the input of the intended is always welcome, but if you aren’t the person actually making the purchase, at the end of the day, it’s not really up to you. “A lot of women wouldn’t want their fiancé to spend that much money on a ring,” Kit Yarrow, a former jewelry dealer turned professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, told AskMen.com. “Make it a personal decision.”
You may love the idea of a braided rose gold ring or a diamond eternity band, but once you get to the store, try some rings that aren’t on your inspiration board. Chat with the jeweler, then let them make suggestions based on what you like and don’t rule anything out. Just like with wedding dresses, you may end up loving something you never thought you would. Wear it around the store for a few minutes and while you have it on, try writing and texting as a comfort test.
Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning (you retain water from the night before), right after you’ve exercised (fingers swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold (which can cause your hands to expand and shrink).