Now that you’ve got the engagement ring, it’s time to choose the perfect wedding band to go with it! This guide will provide you with some of our key recommendations along with some important factors to consider before saying “I do” to your forever piece.
As all of our wedding bands are made to order, we recommend allowing at least 3-4 months as we need to factor in our production timeframes which do not include shipping (if the ring is being sent to you). The more time you allow, the better!
Set a budget:
While the cost of a wedding ring can vary depending on the material, stone size and style, it can be helpful to have a ballpark price in mind considering all the other expenses around the wedding. Based on your budget and style, we would be happy to help you with your decision and provide recommendations according to your preferences.
Consider your aesthetic:
One of the first steps we like to suggest to our clients is to consider your style. Are you envisioning a simple band or one with more of a statement or intricacy?
Would you like a point of difference? Such as a different metal colour or band with more thickness to your engagement ring. Or would you prefer to have a matching set?
If you need some inspiration, browse our collection of Wedding Bands to get an idea of your sense of style.
Consider your engagement ring silhouette:
If you will be wearing your wedding band on the same finger and your engagement ring, you should consider how these two pieces will interact together. There are no rules that require these two bands to match exactly, but it is important to make yourself aware of how your engagement is designed and mounted, as the silhouette will determine how cohesive your wedding stack will be. Many of our engagement rings are made to allow for a flush fit with the wedding band, while others may require a contouring band, such as our Crown designs, for a confirming stack. We have provided a terminology guide below to assist.
Metals and layering:
If you are someone who prefers a cohesive look, then our advice is to opt for a wedding band that compliments the setting style and stone size of your engagement ring. You can get creative and express your individuality by playing around with different silhouettes or stone options for that extra sparkle. Another common option is a contrasted look, such as mixing metal colours or band thicknesses. This can add a unique touch to the overall look while tying together two or more different designs perfectly.
Keep your lifestyle in mind:
The goal is to choose a wedding band that fits effortlessly into your lifestyle. For example, if you work with your hands frequently or spend much of your time doing physical activity (exercise, gardening, swimming etc) then you may find a simple, solid design to be best suited to you. A band with many stones or intricate details will require more maintenance and should be protected from heavy lifestyle activities or chemicals.
While you shouldn’t be afraid to get creative or explore multiple options for your bridal stack, we recommend to not overthink it! You can always change your mind in the future if you want to mark an anniversary or special milestone.
Terminology and elements of a Wedding Ring
Wedding Band Styles:
Simple/Classic: These wedding bands are very minimalist with little to no adornments. Small embellishments may include a row of stones or an alternate finish/width to your Engagement Ring.
Pavé: Translates to ‘paved’ in French. This band style refers to the way each diamond is set closely together and secured by small beads that are minimally visible.
Shared Prong: Refers to the way each stone shares a prong with the stone adjacent to it. Visually this looks different to a pavé style.
Crown: Crown bands are designed to contour to the profile of the Engagement ring. For a low-profile Engagement ring, these bands allow for a flush fit. For high-profile/raised designs, they frame around the centre stone and are a popular choice when a unique or eye-catching Wedding Ring is preferred.
Inlay: A sleek setting style where the stone is set directly into the band without prongs. Sometimes referred to as a ‘flush’ setting.
The majority of our wedding bands are made to 1.6mm as that is the standard and commonly requested size of our Engagement rings. Here are some common width ranges:
- Thin: 1.6mm - 2mm
- Medium: 2mm - 4mm
- Thick: 4mm +
Band Profile (shape):
The profile of a wedding ring refers to the shape of the band when viewed as a cross-section. Below are the common shapes we use for our wedding bands.
- Half-Round - this is our standard band profile
- Comfort Cuff
- Comfort Half-Round
The finish of a ring is more of an aesthetic factor rather than comfort.
- High-polish: Our standard and most popular finish. Highly reflective and shiny.
- Satin: A non-reflective, matte finish that does not show any texture. Created by using a lightly abrasive buffing tool. This is a popular finish for male Wedding Rings.
- Sand-blast: A textured finish created by a specialised high-pressure sandblasting machine, resulting in a grainy appearance.
Setting/Silhouette of an Engagement Ring:
High profile: A Wedding Ring will sit flush with an Engagement Ring designed with enough space below the setting (head).
Low profile: A straight wedding band will not sit flush with an Engagement Ring that has a lowered setting or protruding silhouette. If a flush fit is required, a Crown band which conforms to the profile is recommended.
Refer to our Engagement Ring Terminology Guide here.