Traditionally the engagement ring usually is included with a matching wedding band. Though, in some cases, you may want to buy just the engagement ring and then select a set of matching wedding bands. Keep in mind that the wedding band is worn beneath the engagement ring. Try both rings on to make sure they fit comfortably and are complimentary to each other.
While an engagement ring is not a crucial requirement, the wedding band plays an integral part of the ceremony. Both the bride and groom should go together to select the wedding bands. This will be a special piece of sentimental jewelry that you both will want to wear everyday for the rest of your lives.
If you choose bands that are intricately cut or set with diamonds, then the bride may wear the wedding band on her left hand and the engagement ring on her right hand.
Gold is the most popular of the precious wedding bands; you will encounter three labels on gold jewelry:
- Solid Gold – 100% gold and not hollow
- Gold Filled – A solid outer layer of gold-colored metal that is injected with gold; weighs 12 karats
- Gold Plated – A layer of metal covered by a layer of golf; weighs 10 karats
Silver is another popular precious metal used. Sterling silver is a combination of 7.5% copper and 92.5% silver. Silver is 75% less expensive than 14 karat gold. Another white metal that has gained popularity is platinum. This precious metal is 50% more expensive than 14 karat gold.
Whatever your preference, remember that the exchange of the wedding bands is an important part of the ceremony and your rings should reflect your style but more importantly, your commitment to each other.