You bought the engagement ring, and your partner said yes! Congratulations! All of the fun is not yet over, of course—now comes the wedding bands, the wedding, and the rest of married life (that's the best part).
Buying wedding bands is fun and romantic because most couples choose to go shopping together—sometimes purchasing matching bands. There’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to purchasing your wedding bands, just as there is with your engagement rings, but there are a few extra things to consider. Of course, your budget and the kind of metal you choose are high on the list. But do you choose to match your wedding band to your engagement rings? Do your rings match each others? Decisions, decisions!
We have found that most couples have an idea of what they’re looking for in a wedding band. If you’re unsure, we encourage lots of window shopping! You can take a look at our wedding bands here, and if you would like any advice, reach out!
If you bought an engagement ring from us, and want a wedding band to match but are not sure if any of the rings in our shop are just right, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will make it happen!
Budgeting for your wedding bands should give you a bit of relief: most bands are not nearly as pricey as engagement rings can be. They can be as conventional or unique as you like, and we have options from around $250 CAD each to $2000 CAD each.
The metal you choose should fit with your lifestyle. For example, 18k gold is softer than 14k gold, and requires more care and repairs—while platinum is stronger than both. Consider things like your hobbies and your occupation—for those working in manual labour, or people who love hiking or playing sports, a tougher metal might be best for you. Of course, with a little care, any metal can be maintained and beautiful for decades—but you don’t want to purchase a metal that you will procrastinate caring for because it doesn’t fit with your lifestyle. Read more about the strengths and weaknesses of 18k gold, 14k gold, and platinum on our metal guide.
Anyone with an engagement ring on their finger will be have to decide if they want their wedding band to match. This is entirely personal preference and there are lots of good reasons not to match the two—maybe your engagement ring is vintage, or a family heirloom, and you want it to stand out. In this case, you might opt for a plainer band that still looks excellent with your engagement ring, but that doesn’t try to keep up with it, per se. On the other hand, we have some gorgeous wedding bands which are designed specifically to match engagement rings in everything from their colour to their shape. These bands are unique and fashionable, and they make your wedding jewellery into a perfect, complete set.
Similarly, matching your wedding band to your partner’s is a romantic tradition—one that you may choose not to follow. To get an idea of what we mean, take a look at our flat edge wedding bands—a "his" and a "hers", one larger and thicker, one smaller and thinner. These rings are sentimental reminders of your closeness in love, and your mutual promises.
Whether your wedding bands are studded in diamonds or sleek metal bands, remember that their purpose is to represent you as a couple, past, present, and future. As long as that intentionality is close to your heart as you're choosing wedding bands, you can't make a wrong choice.