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Wedding Planning Wednesday: Picking Your Wedding Rings

Choosing your wedding ring can be a very exciting time in your life. Your wedding ring will be a symbol of your love that you will wear for a very long time, so it’s important that you put some thought into selecting the perfect wedding ring for you.

Your first task when selecting wedding rings is to determine how much you’re willing to spend. Remember, wedding rings are intended as keepsakes of your wedding ceremony, symbols of the unending devotion you feel for each other,  so, if you only have a few hundred dollars to spend, that’s fine. In order to meet your budget for wedding rings, be sure to shop around; don’t necessarily buy the first thing you see that vaguely resembles what you want.

If you wear an engagement ring you will need to take into account how the design of your engagement ring will influence your wedding ring design.

The wedding ring ideally should complement the engagement ring, rather than distract attention away from the engagement ring. Choose a wedding ring that will suit your engagement ring design, a ring that looks like it was always meant to be with your engagement ring.

Make it extra special, get your rings engraved.

It’s easiest to have wedding rings engraved by your jeweler; simply make the request when you order the rings (be sure to check the inscription when you receive them). If the jeweler can’t do it, he should be able to refer you an engraver.

If you can’t edit your sentiment down to a mere few words or would like to use a stanza from a poem or song, consider engraving your love letter — or continuing the message engraved in your wedding ring! — around the rim of the stone itself. Not only is this the ultimate secret declaration of your love (the inscription is invisible to the naked eye but can be seen with a magnifying glass), it can also serve as a foolproof “birthmark” should the stone ever be lost or stolen. The Gemological Institute of America will do the deed on stones up to one carat for $28 for the first 15 characters (spaces count). Ask your jeweler for details.

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