Planning a wedding is a big project, and one of the most fun and exciting aspects is in choosing your wedding bands. For many people, shopping for wedding bands is an add-on to the engagement ring that was purchased before the proposal, while for others, the bands are part of their decision-making process when looking for the ideal engagement ring.
Whichever group you fall into, there is no shortage of unique and interesting designs that can represent your love for each other as well as her personal style. Before you begin shopping, we’ve created this guide to unique wedding bands and engagement rings to help you find the perfect pieces for your big day.
We’ll take you through some ring-buying basics and go over some of our favorite unique engagement and wedding band pairings for inspiration and ideas that will help you in picking out the ring that she’s always dreamed of.
Pairing Bands and Engagement Rings 101
Buying a beautiful diamond engagement ring is a significant task on its own, but let’s not forget the band that will go with it once you say, “I do.” Wedding bands are meant to be worn for the rest of your life, so it’s important to not overlook these special pieces.
The ideal wedding band will fit seamlessly with her engagement ring, and accomplishing this requires several factors. As you begin your search for the best unique wedding bands, here are some basics to keep in mind:
First and foremost, a great wedding band and engagement ring pairing will coordinate in their style and design. It’s not necessary that they are anexact matching set, although that’s a great option, but you’ll want to make sure that they look good together.
For example, a delicate antique diamond engagement ring won’t work as well with a thick, heavy band as it would with a slim pavé band. Just as you took her personal style into account when choosing her engagement ring, you’ll want to keep that at the forefront when choosing a wedding band.
Depending on your lifestyle, you’ll want to make sure that the wedding band you choose will work well in everyday life, as it’s going to be worn for years. For some people, a simple band is the best choice, and many of these ring styles are available in a comfort band, which has rounded edges on the top and bottom to avoid digging into the fingers.
Other considerations will be on the placement of the diamonds – do you want them to completely encircle the finger, or will she find it more comfortable to have diamonds only on the front of her finger?
As mentioned, your lifestyle is important to think about when choosing your wedding band. People who are very active or who work with their hands for a living may prefer a simple, minimalistic wedding band.
Those with a more sedentary lifestyle can choose a band with fashion in mind rather than looking for something purely functional. And of course, a woman who loves style and elegance can go all out with a brilliant band of sparkling diamonds.
Depending on the style of your engagement ring and its setting, a standard, straight band might not be the best choice. Often a large center stone with a high setting, or a unique engagement ring with an antique centerstone may require a curved band that can nestle against the engagement ring without creating a gap.
There are many pre-made options available on their own and as part of unique wedding ring sets, or you can consider custom designs to make sure you get the perfect fit with her engagement ring.