By Anne Chertoff
When shopping for wedding bands it’s important to keep the following things in mind:
Determine your budget before you go shopping, but leave some wiggle room. Before you visit the jeweler have an idea of how much you can afford to spend on wedding bands. If you don’t have money for eternity bands with diamonds purchase classic gold or platinum bands for the wedding and save up for the diamond bands for a future anniversary.
Research style options. Wedding bands, like engagement rings, come in a wide range of styles. You can purchase something simple or ornate, thin or thick, with stones or without, have them engraved or not. Take your time shopping and try on different styles before buying them.
Your rings don’t have to match. Choose a ring that you love and feel comfortable wearing—it’s okay if they’re not the same exact style. You can purchase a pair of simple bands that match for the ceremony and then after the wedding change to your everyday band if you want different rings.
Your wedding band and engagement ring don’t have to be worn together. If you can’t find a band that sits nicely with your engagement ring you can wear the two rings on different fingers.
Shown on Lela and Steph are De Beers Aura White Diamond Band featuring .30 carats of diamonds set in 18kt White Gold, $2,000 (left) and De Beers Wide Court Band Set in platinum featuring a hidden diamond inside the band, symbolizing everlasting love, $950 (right).