You've finally taken that step toward spending the rest of your life with the one you love. Your rings, much like your marriage, are a symbol of your love and devotion to each other. When you exchange your wedding bands, you're pledging a life of loving and honoring your spouse. When you choose those rings, there's often one question on everyone's mind: should wedding rings match?
When it comes to wedding jewelry and the right rings, you've got three different rings to consider. The bride can match her engagement ring to her wedding band, while the bride and groom have to decide whether to match their wedding bands to each other. Oftentimes, these decisions are based more on personal preference than decorum.
Matching engagement rings and wedding bands are a tradition that many women consider important, as they prefer to wear both rings simultaneously. While they can easily complement each other with a matching bridal set, you can find beautiful and unique pieces that don't necessarily match. If you're planning on soldering your rings together for a single ring or even wearing them both on the same hand, you need to make sure that they are both made from the same metal. Gold next to platinum will cause scratching and tarnishing, ruining one of your precious wedding rings.
Other than the metal, though, you should choose an engagement ring and wedding band that represent your personal style and preferences. Your engagement ring doesn't have to match your wedding ring. In fact, you can have two completely different styles to radiate different facets of your personality and lifestyle. Wear them together on the same hand, wear them on each hand or wear just one ring at a time. The choice is yours and yours alone.
While wedding rings can match, why should they? Men and women have very different preferences in jewelry styles, metals and designs. Women may prefer gold or platinum, while men often prefer the durability and sensibility of tungsten carbide or titanium. Men's hands are often much larger than women's and different styles will drastically change the way a ring looks on both of your hands. Your wedding bands should be sized, both in ring size and in ring width, to look great on each of your respective ring fingers.
You and your future husband are two unique individuals uniting in love as you begin your marriage. Your rings should represent that unity. You can keep the style of your wedding rings similar, while maintaining different rings to suit your own personal preferences. If he wants a ring made out a stronger metal like tungsten, you can choose a white gold or platinum ring with a similar design, but a smaller more delicate ring. If you like simple, delicate designs, your ring should encompass that, whereas your future spouse may prefer intricate, detailed designs with accents and other add-ons. Your rings should represent you and how your differences complement each other.
When you're deciding whether to have matching rings for your wedding and engagement, consider your personal sense of style, your relationship, and what looks best on you. If you both want the same type of ring, then matching rings are perfect, but if you have different ideas on the style and design of a ring, choosing separate rings is more than okay. It's perfect.