Wedding band shopping is arguably even more fun than engagement ring shopping. With wedding bands, there’s no “will she say yes” pressure around making the right choice, so the shopping process is usually a bit more relaxed. However, there are almost limitless wedding band options to choose from. So, how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about buying your wedding bands in our Wedding Band Shopping 101 guide.

1. FIRST STEPS: FIGURE OUT YOUR STYLES

The first thing to consider when shopping for wedding bands is style. There are many different styles of wedding bands, like simple metal bands, glamorous diamond wedding bands, elegant engraved bands, and bands made from unique, non-traditional materials. If you pick your desired style first, you can then start focusing on the finer details of your wedding bands, which will help streamline the shopping process.

It’s important to note that determining your style can mean as individuals or as a couple. To-day, it’s very common for couples to choose two different wedding band styles that suit their personal preferences. However, some people have their heart set on matching wedding bands. So, if that’s important to you or your partner, see if you can come to an agreement on a simple style you’ll both be happy with.

2. PICK YOUR PRECIOUS METALS

After you have a general idea of the style you like, you should begin considering which precious metal you’ll choose for your wedding bands. Of course, different precious metals offer different aesthetics— for example, rose gold is rather romantic while yellow gold is quite classic. However, style isn’t the only thing to consider when selecting a precious metal. You should also consider your lifestyle.

Some precious metals are better suited for certain activities than others. For example, platinum is extremely strong, and is often a good choice for those with very active lifestyles. Gold is still a durable metal, but not as much so as platinum. White gold in particular can require more maintenance, as it is a plated metal.

If you’re a very active person, you can still choose any precious metal you want. Just know that some metals may require a bit more maintenance. Take that into consideration and decide what will work best for you.

3. SET A BUDGET

Just as with engagement rings, it’s a good idea to establish a wedding ring budget before you start seriously shopping. The price range for wedding bands is quite wide. Simple bands can cost as little as a few hundred dollars while intricate or diamond studded bands can cost many thousands of dollars. There are no rules on how much you need to spend on your wedding bands. Just consider what you’d be comfortable spending and go from there.

4. FIGURE OUT YOUR SIZE

While many rings can be resized, that’s not an option for certain designs. Whether you’ll be getting a ring that can or can’t be resized, it’s always best just to play it safe and know your true ring size before you buy.

If you don’t already know your size, you can order a ring sizer online or get sized at any jewel-er. Remember to measure the finger on the hand you’ll actually wear your ring on, as the this can differ between the right and left hands.

5. KNOW THAT YOU CAN GO CUSTOM

If you’re looking at wedding bands and don’t see your dream ring, know that you can always get a custom wedding bands. Creating a custom ring can allow you to get exactly the design you want. It’s also a rather romantic choice, as choosing custom wedding bands means that your rings will be unlike any others. They’ll be as unique as your bond with your partner.