Getting married is an exciting process. From choosing a dress to running through the wedding ceremony, the entire thing is a whirlwind of events and planning. To start off, however, you need to commit to your partner with an engagement. The experience of asking someone else to be your forever person is quite possibly the most exciting and advertised part of an engagement, but there’s a lot people don’t talk about when it comes to engagements — and engagement rings, in particular.
You and your bride-to-be might have a few questions when it comes to engagement rings, and that’s perfectly fine! Between size, style and even the different stones within any given ring, deciding on an engagement ring can be a tricky task. What about the wedding band, though? What’s the difference? Is the band included with the engagement ring as a matching set? These questions, among many others, are common when beginning your search for rings. Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered on all of your wedding band and engagement ring questions. Here’s what you need to know.
Understanding the Differences Between Rings
When initiating the wedding ring-buying process, it’s easy to get confused. The first step is to know that, yes, wedding bands and engagement rings are different. An engagement ring is typically worn only by the woman, and is the ring that is usually adorned with a diamond or gemstone on top. There are an abundance of options when it comes to engagement rings for women, and styles are customizable to fit the wearer’s personal preference. From minimalist solitaire rings to extravagant halo rings, the options are infinite.
Wedding bands, on the other hand, are traditionally worn by both partners. The man typically wears this as his only ring, while the woman wears both the wedding band and her engagement ring together at the same time. Men’s wedding bands tend to be more simplified and they traditionally wear a solid gold or silver band as their wedding ring. Though this is sometimes true for women as well, recent trends have exemplified a flashier and more sparkly wedding band to complement the engagement ring.Wedding Band vs. Engagement Ring: What's the Difference?
Can I Use an Engagement Ring as a Wedding Band?
Just because there are affordably priced wedding bands out there doesn’t mean you stop wanting to save money. Whether you’re looking for simplicity or to save a few bucks, you might wonder whether or not you can have one ring that plays double duty. Already got something you like on your fourth finger? If it’s the perfect ring for you, why replace it? Of course, you can always just add the band on, but it’s up to you. Maybe it’s your own ring or an heirloom ring that you’re perfectly satisfied with, and you don’t want to add another piece of jewelry to your collection. Whatever it is, it’s up to you.
In short, yes, you can absolutely have one ring that does both if you like. Maybe you want to get matching wedding rings because you both love the look of plain metal bands. No problem. Don’t want more wedding jewelry than you need? Minimalism is in. In those cases, it’s usual that neither of you wears a ring on your wedding day and that your rings are waiting for you with the officiant or best man.
Considerations to Keep in Mind While Shopping
When you’re ready to begin the search for an engagement ring and wedding band, there are a few things to consider. Conducting some preliminary research and looking for inspo are the most important parts! Get online and search for different wedding ring styles and complementary wedding bands that work best for your favorite engagement ring styles. If you’re looking to make the process even easier, peruse wedding ring sets that are sold together. Know that the wedding band is not always sold with the engagement ring as a pair. Of course, always get sized for a ring before you buy if you aren’t 100 percent sure that you know your ring size. Plenty of materials can be resized, and we have a flexible return policy, but why go through the motions of resizing when you can get it right on the first go-round?
Consider a Bridal Set or Stackable Rings
As we mentioned above, a wedding ring set, also called a bridal set, is an easy way to ensure you have a cohesive and effortless engagement ring look. These band sets are surefire ways to get pieces that complement each other without the hassle of buying them separately. Buying your wedding rings as a set means there is no difference in color, material or ring quality. Whether you love a silver, rose gold or yellow gold look, Many wedding ring sets offer both plain bands or eternity bands that perfectly complement your engagement ring.Explore All Wedding Ring Sets
If you want even more width on your ring finger as a bonus, consider a stackable ring set. You can mix and match simple and jeweled bands that are sure to give you a unique look. The best part of that option is the flexibility. For everyday wear, just don your wedding band. But when you want to dial things up a notch for a cocktail party or nice dinner, add your bands on for a bold and elegant look. This is totally customizable and, as always, we have many options for you to choose from to get this look.Shop All Stackable Wedding Rings