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Getting a new, sparkly engagement ring on your finger is an extremely exciting time for any woman…and as a result, many women forget that they are also going to soon have a wedding band on that same finger. So how do you choose a band, and more importantly, when do you choose it?
As a symbol of your love and commitment to each other, your wedding bands are a big decision. Traditionally, the woman buys her future husband a wedding band, and the man buys his future wife a wedding band and an engagement ring; however, there is no rule to this.
As you begin to think about rings, consider a few questions:
Did your husband-to-be already buy it?
There is a chance he might have. Many jewelry stores offer a man a chance to shop for the wedding band at the same time he buys an engagement ring, especially if there is a band that matches your ring exactly.
Do you want to choose it? Or do you want him to choose it for you?
If he didn't already buy it, determine if you want to play a role in selecting your wedding band or not. Do you want your fiancé to select the ring himself and surprise you with it, or do you want to go and try on rings and see what you love next to your engagement ring? Many times a good decision is to go shopping together; as it keeps your husband-to-be involved in the process but also gives you input.
Do you want input in his ring?
Many men are nervous and uncomfortable when it comes to selecting their own wedding bands. Chances are they have never worn a ring before, and trying them on will feel awkward. With you by his side to give feedback and ask questions it could help to make him feel more confident with the process – so discuss with him if this is the best plan for you both. This will also help you to make sure he selects a ring that you and him both like and will be happy with for years to come!
No matter how you decide to shop or who pays for what, the very latest you should purchase your wedding band is one month prior to your wedding – any later and you’re likely to feel overwhelmed by the stress of sizing, payment and other details. This also gives you less of a buffer in case anything goes wrong with your order. Ideally, you should begin to look for the wedding band three to four months prior to the wedding to give yourself enough time to find one you’re happy with.
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