A request was emailed to Guide to Being a Scottish Bride to feature a blog on wedding rings and I am pleased to say, here it is!
Wedding rings come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and indeed materials, you can buy “off the rail” ones from a high street jeweller, or if you have the budget for it you can have some custom made. But it all depends on what you want!
Many couples opt for matching wedding bands, whether they have a simple design, have diamond detailing or are plain – for them this is a sign of their commitment and by having matching they are showing everyone that they are linked.
Some couples decide to go for rings made from the same material but of different design, which is the case for my wedding ring. My wedding band is a white gold band with diamonds (more like a half eternity ring), and my fiancée is having a plain white gold court ring – simply because these are the rings we like and want. My other half also pointed out that when I tried on “my” ring my face lit up and he could just tell it was “the one” for me.
Many high street jewellers now offer incentives and special discounts to couples who may have purchased an engagement ring from their store – Ernest Jones and H Samuel both offering 10% discount when an engagement ring has been bought from them. But often there are promotional vouchers available when you have spent a certain amount in store on other purchases (say a necklace for a gift that is over £100), you will receive a voucher for £25 off your next purchase over a certain value etc etc which is a great way to make a saving and be budget savvy.
When considering wedding bands it is important for the Bride to remember one thing – you need to get a band that is made from the same metal as your engagement ring. So for instance if your engagement ring is 18ct white gold then you need a wedding band that is 18ct white gold – otherwise the metals in the rings will rub on each other and in time will end up wearing each other away. It's also worth noting that caring for white gold rings often involves having to take them back to the jewellers to have them "dipped" this process just keeps them pretty and shiney so they keep their white colour.
There are so many different choices out there for rings at the moment, white and yellow gold, titanium, platinum, palladium…the list goes on! There are also designs which combine more than one type of metal – for instance there are some lovely designs with white and yellow gold, some that have white gold and rose gold. There is no hard and fast rule that you must have a gold wedding ring, you should pick what you want and what you like.
Another way to make your wedding bands that little more special is to have them engraved. Because my fiancée is having a “plain” wedding band I am going to get the inside of the ring engraved with a phrase that means a lot to us both and is something silly we both tell each other – thus making this ring more special to him and to me and showing my love for him in a silly way (something that features heavily in our relationship).
But at the end of the day when you’re picking and buying your rings you have to remember that you will (hopefully) be wearing this ring for the rest of your lives, you will see if everyday so you had better make sure that it’s something that you like and want to look at everyday!!!