Some things just go. Chips and dip. Cider and sunshine. You and your SO. Now we’re here to help you solve one very important pairing: matching your wedding band to your engagement ring.
Just like you wouldn’t pair socks with sandals or steak with ketchup, you aren’t going to mismatch the jewellery that signifies your marriage. After all, as pairings go, it’s a pretty important one to get right.
Fortunately, there’s no need to fret. We know a thing or two about this very problem and are here to help with this handy guide.
Chat to your partner
Like most things in life, you can’t make a decision without first consulting your partner, and finding a wedding band that complements you engagement ring is no different. Ask them what they want: Do they want a wedding band that matches yours? Have they any particular ideas of how they’d like it to look? Or are they even planning on wearing a wedding band at all? Once you’re clear on all that, it’s time to go shopping!
Try them on together
Now for the fun part! Get ye to your nearest jewellers and begin trying on. Make sure you try a wedding band on alongside your engagement ring so you can really suss out how well they complement each other – and don’t be afraid to try on lots of different styles. It will help you narrow down what you like and don’t like, and you never know, the one you end up choosing could be a total wildcard.
Don’t be afraid to clash metals
You might think you have to pair gold with gold and platinum with platinum, but that’s not the case. In fact, mixing and matching can look really good, so mess around with different metals to see what you like.
Stick with the same designer
A sure fire way to get a cohesive look is to go back to the person who made your ring and see what they offer in wedding bands. It’s likely you’ll find similar designs that will complement each other, making the whole process of matching your rings a whole lot easier.
Talk it through with your jeweller
If you’re having trouble choosing yourself, ask your jeweller. They’ll know what looks good together, from metals, colours, shapes and stones – and will be able to guide you in making a decision. Some engagement rings actually come with a perfectly matching wedding band too, so if this is the case they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Take your time
You don’t have to rush into a decision. In fact, it’s better that you take some time to deliberate. Remember to take some snaps when you’re trying on so you can look at them at home and get a second opinion from someone you trust. Ultimately, if you’re still not 100 per cent sure, it’s okay to keep searching!
What to do if…
Your engagement ring is an unusual shape
Your engagement ring is original and unique and while it’s good to be different an unusually shaped engagement ring can make wedding band shopping a little more tricky. You’ll want to find a band that complements the curves of your engagement ring so that they sit snugly together. Depending on the style of your engagement ring, a jeweller might suggest a notched band, which features a subtle groove, allowing your rings to sit together snugly.
Your engagement ring is vintage
If you’re rocking some vintage bling, then you’ll also want to opt for a vintage wedding band. The trick is to opt for a wedding band that’s of a similar era to your engagement ring. They don’t have to be from exactly the same time period, but for a complementary look, it’s best if they’re close.
Your engagement ring has a coloured stone
If you’ve opted for colour in your engagement ring, you might like to do so again with your wedding band. Consider a band that incorporates the same gem but doesn’t compete for attention against your engagement ring – a band that alternates between coloured and white gemstones is a good choice.
Your engagement ring is seriously bling
Make way! Make Way! If your engagement ring is on the huge side, you’ll need a wedding band that works around it. A V cut wedding band, also known as a wishbone ring, is a good choice as it makes room for that massive diamond, while an open wedding band, will fit snugly beside the band and leave a gap for the stone.