So, you’ve found your perfect match (congratulations!) and you’ve found that perfect engagement ring. Now it’s time to walk down the aisle and say “I do.” However, first, you need to find your engagement ring’s perfect match: your wedding band. But how do you determine which wedding band is the right one for your engagement ring? In this post, we’re giving you all our top tips for finding a wedding band that will look beautiful alongside your engagement ring!
Set Your Budget
The first thing you should do when you shop for your wedding band is come up with a budget that both you and your fiancé are comfortable with. While this isn’t the most exciting part of wedding band shopping, it is a very important part. Get on the same page with your partner about the type of wedding band you may want so you can discuss pricing ranges.
Many people actually work their wedding bands into their overall wedding budget. This can be very useful, as it helps you allocate your budget to the things that are more important to you. You may want to go with a more simple wedding band to have room in your wedding budget for other things. Or, you may find that having a nicer wedding band (that you’ll wear for decades to come) is more important to you than getting more expensive flowers or adding things on to your catering order.
Metals: To Match or Not to Match?
Do you have to match your wedding band’s precious metal to your engagement ring’s precious metal? Definitely not. While we will say that many people prefer matching metal bands for their bridal set, you can select a wedding ring with whatever precious metal you prefer. You can match your metals for a streamlined look or select a different precious metal for your wedding band to get a stylish mixed metal look.
Raised Profile vs. Low Profile Engagement Ring Settings
One thing that many people are concerned about when they search for a wedding band is how it will rest against their wedding ring. Many people prefer that their wedding band sits perfectly flush against their engagement ring. Of course, a wedding band doesn’t have to sit perfectly flush against an engagement ring. But if you want it to, we have some tips on what you should look for when selecting your wedding band.
If you want your wedding band to sit perfectly flush alongside your engagement ring, the first thing you should do is understand what profile your engagement ring has. If your engagement ring has a raised profile (as a cathedral setting or classic raised solitaire setting would), finding a flush-fitting wedding band will be simple. Engagement rings with a raised profile will have space for a standard wedding band to sit right alongside your engagement ring’s band.
If you aren’t sure whether or not your engagement ring has a raised setting, view it from the side. Is there space for another ring to fit under your center stone? If there is, you have an engagement ring with a raised profile. If you can’t tell whether or not another ring could fit flush with your engagement ring just from looking at it, you can also try on other rings with your engagement ring to see whether or not one will sit flush alongside it.
If your engagement ring has a low profile, you can still find many rings that will sit snugly alongside it. However, in this case, you will need to look for a curved wedding band or a band that shares the same unique silhouette as your engagement ring. (Note: Bridal Rings can create custom wedding bands in custom shapes if you have a uniquely shaped low profile engagement ring.)
While we know that many people prefer having a wedding band that perfectly matches the curves of their engagement ring, we do want to mention that having some space between your engagement ring and your wedding band is not inherently bad. Many people love having different some space between their rings, as it can create a more intricate or unique look. The important thing is that you simply consider what type of look you want before selecting your wedding band.
Tips For Pairing Wedding Bands With Specific Engagement Ring Styles
Solitaire engagement rings are chic and simple, which makes it easy to find a wedding band that looks beautiful with them. You can match your solitaire ring’s simple band, go with a diamond band to add a bit more shimmer, or choose a curved band to add some dimension to your wedding ring stack.
Engagement rings with bezel settings often have a low profile, which can make it more challenging to find a wedding band that sits flush against your engagement ring. However, a curved wedding band can often accommodate a low bezel setting. Additionally, if you don’t mind having a bit of a gap, know that simple metal bands also look beautiful with a sleek bezel set engagement ring.
If you want a wedding band that will look cohesive with your halo engagement ring, know that one easy way to get a matching effect is to select a wedding band with similarly sized accent diamonds. Look for a wedding band with pave diamonds that match either the diamonds in your halo or diamonds on your halo engagement ring’s band (if it has them).
Fancy Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings
If your engagement ring has a fancy-shaped center diamond, it’s a good idea to pick a wedding band that showcases this same shape. For example, an emerald cut diamond ring will look lovely with an emerald diamond eternity band. Alternatively, if your fancy shaped diamond engagement ring also has pave diamond accents, you could go with a pave diamond wedding band and also achieve a cohesive look.