Do engagement rings and wedding bands always have to match? You may not be sure if a coordinating set fits your style. Before you invest in a band based on your existing engagement ring, take a look at the questions to ask.
What is the Current Trend?
What's popular right now in the world of wedding jewelry? If you enjoy following style trends, select the option (either matching or not matching) that is fashionable right now.
What Is Your Personal Preference?
There are trends to follow. But this doesn't mean you absolutely have to select a band based on what is currently in fashion. If you're not sure whether to select a matching band-ring combination, look at the rest of your overall style. Do you enjoy an eclectic aesthetic? Or are you more of the traditional type? A preference that leans towards a classical style may not mesh well with mismatched rings.
What Do the Rings Look Like Together?
Some mismatched ring-band combinations look perfect together, while others create an odd aesthetic. Even though you may have a dream ring in mind or think you know what you want or don't want, you still need to try on each band selection with your engagement ring. You might surprise yourself with the results.
Will You Always Wear the Rings Together?
Some brides choose to wear their engagement ring on their wedding ring finger every day. Other women prefer to only wear the band after their wedding day. While these are two of the most popular options, they aren't the only choices. You may also want to wear your engagement ring every day—but on the other hand.
If you won't wear your ring and band together or you'll wear the engagement ring on the other hand, you won't necessarily need to match the two pieces of jewelry.
Can You Find a Creative Way to Coordinate the Ring and Band?
You don't have to match the engagement ring and your wedding band exactly. This means you won't necessarily need to buy a matched pair from the start. Instead, you could get creative and pull the engagement ring's style into the band through the use of a coordinating metal, shape, or gemstone.
Do You Prefer to Match Your Spouse?
Would you rather match your band to your existing engagement ring or to what your spouse will wear? If your partner's ring doesn't coordinate with yours already, now may be the time to choose a matching pair. Instead of a ring-band combination, choose two bands (yours and theirs) in the same metal, style, or with similar gemstones.