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Guide to Buying a Wedding Band

When shopping for a wedding ring, it's easy to be swayed by heightened emotions, idealised examples from movies, magazines and the marketing of the diamond industry. Under such pressures, you might end up with wedding rings that aren't right for you. Before you start shopping, read these tips on how to buy a wedding ring that fits your budget, style, and taste.

Decide on your budget

Generally, wedding rings should account for 3% of your wedding budget. So, a £30k budget means that the two of you might spend about £900 on both rings. But if one of you wants a wedding band encrusted diamonds or the metal to be say platinum, you will need to negotiate where that money will come from. All in all though, there is no hard and fast rule as to what you should budget for you wedding band as a wedding ring is only a token of your love, not a measurement of how much you love someone.

A wedding band signifies that you are married to the one person you love unconditionally (well most of the time), therefore whilst a budget is important to help channel your efforts, we stress, it is not a measurement of how much how little you love someone.

Decide if he should have a wedding band too

Lets me honest, not all men wear wedding rings and the decision is one that many couples disagree on. He may not be used to wearing jewellery, or feel uncomfortable with a ring, the reason could be anything. Whatever the reason its best to agree on it in advance, as if the decision is not to wear one then that only leave more to spend on one wedding band.

Think about your style

Do you want a really classic wedding ring like a simple gold band, or a wedding band that is encrusted with sparkling diamonds? Or do you prefer to have something modern and unusual? The simpler the wedding band the more shopping options you will have and the more cost effective the wedding band purchase will be. But remember, since this the one single piece of jewellery you’re planning to wear for the rest of your life, you will want to make sure it’s a style that can grow with you.

Decide if you want matching wedding rings

Although many women want to coordinate their wedding ring (wedding band) to their engagement ring, I know many men who would rather that their wedding ring matched their spouses. The symbolism of matching simple bands helps to convey the eternity of your bond together. But if your taste runs to simple and streamlined, while he likes more ornate and detailed jewellery, it may be better to not worry about matching.

Do your homework on diamond buying

If you have decided to have diamond wedding rings, you will want to make sure that you're smart shoppers. There are many "deals" available, but not all of them are really bargains as some jewellers pose off diamond weddings using other stones or sell rings with cloudy or slightly yellow diamonds. It is therefore extremely important that you learn and understand the importance of the 4-cs.

At RPS Jewellers we offer a wide range of wedding rings. From simple wedding bands in platinum or silver to wedding rings with diamonds or other precious or semi precious stones.