Must you have both wedding rings and engagement rings? Today, many choose to use their engagement rings as wedding rings. Others choose a cheaper engagement ring and buy expensive wedding rings. Talk about what ring you dream of and make a budget before you go looking for rings.
You should also discuss the ring design. Engagement and wedding rings can be made of many different metals. You can choose a single metal or a combination of different metals. Gold and white gold are some of the most common metals used for engagement and wedding rings, however, titanium, silver, palladium, rose gold, stainless steel, tungsten and platinum are also used. Make sure to pick a metal that matches the rest of your jewellery as you will be wearing your wedding ring for the rest of your life. It is important that it matches your style and lifestyle - and remember the higher the carat the softer the metal.
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1. Consider whether your rings should have a pattern, diamonds or other precious stones and whether you want your initials, a name or a quote engraved.
2. Remember to take time finding the right rings, look around before making a decision - these are, after all, rings you will be wearing for the rest of your life, so it is definitely worth spending a bit extra time on them.
3. The exchanging of rings is not part of the wedding ritual, so talk with the priest about when you should exchange rings. Usually, it takes place after you have exchanged vows.
4. Ring pillows are a nice tradition for weddings. Let the ring bearer hold the pillow until you exchange rings. A beautiful alternative is also an exquisite ring box.
5. Left or right ring finger? Some say left, as they believe that a vein goes directly from the heart into your left hand. Others say right, as this is the hand you use to make your wedding vows. Today, many choose to wear the engagement ring on their left hand and the wedding ring on their right. If you only have an engagement ring, you can move it from the left to the right hand during the ceremony.