When it comes to wedding rings, most of the excitement and attention is given to the diamond engagement ring. But what about the wedding bands?
Weddings bands are the rings you and your partner exchange at the wedding ceremony, and are a major symbol of your commitment to each other. Traditionally, the woman buys her future husband a wedding band, and the man buys his future wife a wedding band and an engagement ring. Other couples pay for their rings together, as the start of their unified finances. Whatever you decide, it sparks another important question - when is the appropriate time to buy a wedding band?
Again, this varies among couples and there is no right answer. 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 selecting a wedding band at the last second. 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.
Some men buy the wedding band at the same time they select an engagement ring, especially if they are buying a ring that comes with a matching band. However, with all the variety of diamond or all metal wedding bands out there, in all different designs, more often the couple shops for their wedding bands after the engagement. This gives the bride-to-be a chance to try on wedding bands with her engagement ring, but is also a good chance for both partners to provide input on each others rings.