After celebrating your engagement, the time will come when you start planning your wedding. Amongst the hundreds of details that will require your attention during the planning process, you are likely to start wondering where is the best place to purchase your wedding bands. This exciting time is also a busy time, so you want to buy your wedding rings with total peace of mind for a stress-free experience. These are rings that yourself and your partner will wear everyday for the rest of your lives so it is important to get it right!
In my experience, the benefits of buying your wedding bands online far outweigh any potential concerns that you may have. Here are just a few of my favorite things about buying online:
The main concern that I hear from customers is regarding ring sizing. While it is true that buying online means you cannot try the ring on until you’ve bought it, reputable vendors understand this common worry and have returns and sizing policies to ensure you get it right. My advice would be to either have your finger measured in a bricks and mortar store and make a note of the size or to order a ring sizing online, most jewelers will offer these for free. This is the most straight forward way of making sure your online purchase goes smoothly.
Choosing the right metal for your wedding band will depend on personal taste and lifestyle. Platinum is an extremely durable metal, making it a popular choice for wedding bands. Platinum does not become displaced over time meaning the band will not thin. Gold is also a popular choice, with yellow and rose gold growing in popularity; its warm glow is extremely flattering on a variety of skin tones.
If your wedding band is going to be worn with an engagement ring, be sure to choose the same metal (i.e. both platinum, both 18k gold, both 14k gold). Having different metals rubbing against each other can cause the softer metal to ware down faster.
There is a growing market for alternative metals such as tungsten, however my advice is to stick with the traditional, precious metals. Tungsten cannot be re-sized and is extremely difficult to remove in an emergency as it cannot be cut.
I have hopefully convinced you of the benefits of buying a wedding band online, however if you still have your reservations, perhaps a look at some of my favorite online vendors will change your mind.
The first decision to make is all about style. I often find that customers contact me enquiring about traditional bands and ultimately end up going for something entirely different. The traditional bands are elegant and timeless but there is a huge variety of styles on the market now. Take your time to shop around a familiarize yourself with the contemporary techniques and design features; you might just find yourself choosing something completely out of the box.
This 18k yellow gold band by James Allen is 2.5mm making it perfect for dainty hands. If you are considering matching bands, this 18k gold 6mm wedding band is the perfect partner.
Both are comfort fit meaning they feature a rounded shape to avoid any sharp edges. There are no rules when it comes to wedding bands – some women prefer a thicker band; some men prefer something slimmer – it is about finding what works for you. James Allen also have a virtual ring sizing tool which is a great feature.
If you’re looking for a diamond wedding band, Whiteflash hold some incredible diamond designs for both men and women. For the ultimate showcase of diamonds, I adore this Annette’s U-Prong diamond ring – the open setting allows light to flood the super-ideal cut A CUT ABOVE® diamonds giving an incredible sparkle. The design can be made in rose gold, yellow gold, white gold and platinum and can also be made to a ¼ style to feature even more of those beautiful diamonds.
Whiteflash also have some really stand-out men’s designs. This textured band by Simon G features both a matt and polished finish and subtle beading to bring the design to life.
If choosing an unusual engagement ring, my advice is always to buy the accompanying wedding band at the same time.
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This beautiful bridal stack by Simon G shows the important of having a wedding band that fits perfectly against your engagement ring. If you did not manage to buy the accompanying ring, or there isn’t one available contact Whiteflash and consider a bespoke option or allow their experts to help you find a band that will work with your engagement ring. Whiteflash also have a ring sizer tool here.
For more affordable classic and traditional designs, James Allen have an excellent selection of rings in a variety of metals. Their virtual ring sizing tool is helpful and likely to give you some comfort while choosing your rings.
For designer bands, diamond bands and the highest quality diamonds make Whiteflash your first choice. Their exceptional portfolio of designers has something for every style and each wedding ring is crafted to the highest standards. I would also highly recommend their A CUT ABOVE® diamonds which are the “best of the best” when it comes to diamond quality.
Be sure to get complete clarity when it comes to returns, re-sizing and general customer support and do not be afraid to ask questions – this is a ring to be worn for a lifetime. I would highly recommend this article on the best trade up guarantees as there is a huge difference between some of the major online suppliers.