Nothing is more symbolic than your ring when it comes to showing your lifelong commitment to your partner. Not only is the presentation of the rings a poignant part of the wedding day, it also represents something that you will carry with you and wear for the rest of your life.
Our guide below will help you on your journey so that you can find the perfect ring that you and your partner will cherish for years to come.
When to buy your wedding ring
Here at Penman, we greet dozens of couples out wedding ring shopping, and we've found that sorting your rings sooner rather than later is better than rushing to find something you love at the last minute.
Picking out your rings can be done in your own time as a couple, without wedding planners or enthusiastic family and friends offering their own (often unprompted!) opinions. 3-4 months prior to the wedding gives you plenty of time to browse through styles without the stress. This should be a time for you and your partner to enjoy together, so set out a relaxing day to shop and see what you like.
Having your rings engraved? Think about purchasing the rings sooner rather than later to give plenty of time for the inscription to be completed. Considering how much there might be to do as the big day draws closer, getting your wedding rings sorted towards the start of your timeline can save you from stress in the long run.
The placement of your wedding rings
In the UK, your rings are traditionally worn on the third finger of your left hand, with the wedding ring worn first, before your engagement ring. This positions the wedding ring closest to your heart, making it a symbolic gesture for newlyweds. Where you choose to wear yours is, of course, down to your own style and your personal preference.
Decide on your budget
There are no rules about how much you should spend on your wedding rings and the budget you decide on should be personal to you as a couple once you have considered what else you will be spending money on.
Whilst splashing out on a dress or suit might eat into your budget, it's worth remembering that your wedding ring will be worn forever - not just for the day! We have beautiful wedding rings to suit every budget, so you never need to worry about settling for less.
Knowing which is right for you depends on a number of factors. Matching your wedding ring exactly to the same metal as your engagement ring will ensure that the way they wear over time, and their colour, remains consistent.
Alternatively, you may choose to have some contrast in your rings. A rose gold wedding ring matched with a white gold engagement ring would work perfectly for anyone who likes to mix and match jewellery styles.