Are you ready to buy rings? Your big day is on the horizon—and you need to check the rings off of your to-do list. Before you shop your favorite wedding ring store for the perfect bands, take a look at the top questions brides- and grooms-to-be have below.
Who Should Choose the Rings?
Gone are the days when one partner chooses the rings or ring style by themselves. Today's couples make this a joint decision. This means you both can visit the wedding ring shop together.
Not only will this couple's decision help you to create a continuous style between the bands, but it's also a fun way to spend time together before your nuptials. Instead of making this a chore or just one more wedding planning task, you can take your time, browse rings, and enjoy long dates as you shop for the perfect pieces.
Do Your Rings Have To Match?
There are no rules for wedding ring choices. Even though some couples prefer to have matching bands or rings that create a complementary style, you don't have to go this route.
Opposites often attract. This means your soon-to-be spouse may have a completely different personality and style than you do. To accommodate each person's individual tastes, you may need to nix the idea of matching rings.
How Much Money Should You Spend?
Again, the old rules no longer apply to today's wedding rings. The 2021 Jewelry and Engagement Study by the wedding site The Knot found that the average price of an engagement ring is $6,000. Even though this was the national average in 2021, you don't need to spend a full $6,000 on the engagement ring or each wedding band.
Set a budget for your rings before you start shopping. You may need to factor in the price one (or both) of you paid for the engagement ring. This allows you to create an overall wedding jewelry budget.
As you plan a price range, consider the costs of rings versus everything else you'll need to pay for. If you have plenty of money saved for this once-in-a-lifetime event, you can splurge on a ring. But if you would rather use your savings to put a down payment on a new home, take your dream honeymoon vacation, or book a higher-priced venue, you will need to limit your ring spending. Even though rings can cost thousands of dollars, you can find bands and baubles in every price range. A jeweler can help you to find options at a variety of price points.