Questions about wedding bands? Don’t worry. We have answers.
- How soon should we start shopping?
If you can afford to, it’s not a bad idea to do it all at once – when you’re getting the engagement ring. That way, you can ensure the two will look the way you want. (If you want to be surprised or surprise your future fiancée, this might not work.) If not, give yourselves at least three months before your wedding, especially if you would like any kind of customization. And remember, if you buy an engagement ring at Tapper’s, you’ll get 20% off wedding bands. (Yay!)
- What should our budget be?
Ultimately, there’s no appropriate amount, but there’s one thing to remember. There are a lot of expenses that go into a wedding (and we know this isn’t news to you!). But after the cake has been cut and the DJ plays the last song… you’ll still have your wedding band. After all, you’ll wear it every day, not just on your big day.
- Based on my lifestyle, is there a band that’s better for me?
If you’re very active, a plain band or channel set band might be best. If you wear gloves pretty regularly (perhaps in the healthcare industry), you want something that won’t snag. If you work with your hands quite a bit (maybe as a mechanic or carpenter), you may need a metal that can be cut, in case of emergency. Talk to your jeweler about a style that fits who you are and what you do.
- Which metals have the longest lifespan?
Platinum has the best longevity, but palladium isn’t far behind. When you scratch a piece of gold, you lose a little bit of metal. But when you scratch a piece of platinum, you’re just moving the metal. (It’s kind of like drawing a line in the sand. The grains of sand move, but they don’t go away.) Then, when it’s polished, the metal is pushed back into place. That’s why platinum lasts the longest. (And it’s ideal if you’re thinking about keeping a ring that will live on from generation to generation…)
- Which metals are hypoallergenic?
Platinum, palladium, titanium, and tungsten are all hypoallergenic. And so is black zirconium – a new metal with an edgy, alternative look.
- Should my band match my fiancée’s band?
Historically, yes. But today, it’s all about your personal preference. It’s becoming increasingly popular to mix it up, especially because there are more choices for men than ever before.
- Should the wedding band match the engagement ring?
There is always an exact match to an engagement ring (even if it has to be custom designed). Or, there are ways to complement your engagement ring while adding a more personal touch. There is no rule, and it’s entirely up to you.
- Should the engagement ring and wedding band be the same metal?
You can choose whether you want to mix or match, but consider this: Different metals will wear differently. If your engagement ring is platinum and your wedding ring is white gold, they may look the same at first. But in a few years, they could look totally different from each other. (No matter the metal you choose, we still recommend regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking its best.)
- Should a wedding band be a similar width as the engagement ring?
Most people choose a band that’s the same width as their engagement ring, or a little wider.
- Should the engagement ring and wedding band be soldered together?
Soldering rings will reduce wear and tear, because they won’t be rubbing against each other. However, before you solder, ask yourself if you’d ever want to be able to wear your band by itself. If the answer is no, it makes sense to solder.
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