Planning a Wedding? Here’s Our Guide to Buying Wedding Bands

October 15th, 2021

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is a stressful endeavor. Beyond choosing a venue and building a guest list, you have to select the clothes and accessories to wear on your special day, and that includes your wedding band. It’s also important to keep in mind, your wedding bands will be worn by you and your partner for the rest of your shared lives and will stand as a symbol of your commitment to one another.

So, when should you start shopping for this all-important piece of jewelry? Do you prefer white gold or platinum? Trending styles or custom designs with engraving? At Hannoush Jewelers, we’ve been helping couples honor their love in style since 1899. Continue reading for our top tips regarding your wedding band purchase, courtesy of our team of expert jewelers.

The Right Time to Buy Wedding Bands

Selecting your love’s engagement ring was hard enough. Now you have to find a wedding band that you’ll both wear for the rest of your lives. So, when’s the right time to start ring shopping at Hannoush Jewelers? While some couples wait until just before the big day, we recommend looking for a ring a few months before the wedding. It could take six to eight weeks to customize your band and ship it out, and you may need additional resizing after that. Avoid any risk of your wedding bands not arriving on time and order your rings sooner rather than later.

Choosing Who Buys the Ring

Traditionally, the groom would purchase the wedding bands just as he bought the engagement ring. However, there are no hard and fast rules regarding these purchases, and every bride is just as capable of buying her own ring as well as her groom’s if she’s so inclined. Depending on your budget and preferences, you may opt to buy your partner’s ring and vice versa or share this expense between the two of you. It’s important to note that prices can vary significantly, with white or yellow gold rings generally costing less than those made from platinum.

Wedding Band Shopping Tips

Shopping for wedding bands or any piece of fine jewelry for that matter can be overwhelming and confusing. Consider the following tips to ensure you choose a band you’ll want to wear for the rest of your life.

Don’t Feel Rushed

Searching for your wedding bands should be an exhilarating and enjoyable experience. This is one of the final steps in the wedding planning process and is one of the few elements from the ceremony that will carry over to your day-to-day lives as a married couple. Many couples enjoy making a day of the experience, taking time to grab lunch before they hit the shops. Take your time when selecting a ring, and don’t feel pressured to choose his-and-hers rings if that doesn’t suit your style. Focus on your individual tastes and styles—wedding bands don’t necessarily need to match or even complement each other after all.

Consider Customization

Customizing your ring is a great way to make it personal to you and your sweetheart’s unique love affair. Luckily, it’s possible to engrave most wedding bands, provided that you order early enough in the wedding planning process. Add your initials or wedding date or choose a quote or saying with special meaning to the two of you.

Treasure an Heirloom

Some couples avoid shopping for new wedding bands altogether and decide instead to alter or build on a sentimental family heirloom. Whether your great grandmother’s wedding ring needs an updated polish and resizing or your sweet aunt’s band needs an upgraded stone, altering an heirloom is a wonderful way to bring family into your marriage. If you do want to update an existing piece, be sure to start early. The average custom design takes a couple of months, so it’s best to plan accordingly.

Does Your Ring Stand the Test of Time’

A wedding ring is one of the few jewelry pieces you will wear every day for the rest of your life. Whether buying a new piece or updating an heirloom, consider how the design will age over time. Think of the style, metal, stone types and shape. While an uncommon design may stand out as a unique choice now, you may regret its innate differences in a few years. Consider a simple and elegant design, like a plain gold band, and add customizations through engravings or a small stone to make it your own.

Find a Local Jeweler

Not only will your wedding bands signify an immense commitment to your partnership, but they will also represent a significant financial investment. Search for a jeweler who can offer warranties, cleaning services, repairs, and has a knowledgeable staff. Most jewelry pieces will require maintenance over the years—find a jeweler you can trust to care for your wedding bands for years to come.

Shop Hannoush Jewelers for Wedding Bands and More

Located in Marlborough, Hannoush Jewelers has been serving the residents of Central Massachusetts for more than a century. A leader in bridal jewelry, we proudly supply a wide range of engagement rings and wedding bands for men and women. Find products by all the top designers at prices that won’t break the bank. Stop by our showroom to speak with an expert jeweler or request an appointment today to see our extensive selection in person.