In the midst of all of your wedding planning, it’s safe to say you’ll have plenty of items to check off your to-do list. As we’ve mentioned before, with the right plan in-place, you’ll notice it’s so much easier to enjoy the entire process and avoid unnecessary stress. One item that’ll inevitably fall on everyone’s to-do list is shopping for the rings! And if you’ve ever been to a jewelry store, you likely know there’s also no shortage of styles and types of rings to choose from.
Having said that, this week’s blog is going to walk you through a few of our favorite shopping tips when it comes to wedding rings. If you’re engaged and ready to start looking for the perfect wedding band, we hope this blog will help streamline the process for you. Unless you’ve shopped for a wedding ring before, we’re sure you likely have plenty of questions. Whether that be finalizing a budget for the purchase, deciding which styles to look for or anything else, it’s important to take your time and truly find something that you absolutely LOVE!
Before we get into the actual blog post though, we would like to welcome any new website visitors to our blog. Our venue, Madera Estates, is a luxury all-inclusive wedding venue based out of Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston and The Woodlands. With an outdoor and indoor space available (as well as plenty other picture-perfect photo opps), we take pride in providing everything needed to make your dream wedding a reality! If you’re engaged and live near the Houston area, we would be thrilled to host your big day. Give us a call at (936) 441-9337 to speak with a member of our team.
Let’s now take a few minutes to discuss some of our favorite tips for picking out the perfect wedding band!
Have a Budget
As goes with just about every aspect of planning a wedding, having a budget in-place will make your life so much easier! Particularly in the wedding industry, you’ll notice there’s plenty of options on just about every choice you’ll have to make. Whether that be the venue, photographers, caterers or anything else, this is true across the board. The same goes for your wedding rings. Having a budget will help you determine what rings are available within your price range, how much customization you can afford and will be immensely beneficial when you first meet with the jeweler.
Don’t Do It Alone
If you want to truly ensure the entire wedding planning process is something that’s memorable, make sure you’re checking off many of these items with your soon-to-be spouse. When it comes to ring shopping, this one is a no-brainer of tasks that you should do together. No matter if you’re customizing the ring or not, you can both voice your own personal preferences and narrow down the selections. After all, just remember that you’ll both be wearing a wedding band, so why not pick out rings that both of you also love!
Wedding Band + Engagement Ring
Are you planning on purchasing both a wedding band and engagement ring, and wearing both of them? Traditionally speaking, most brides opt for this approach and stack them on their left hand ring finger. However, for a number of different reasons, there are also some who choose to just wear one. Nonetheless, if you choose to wear both, something to consider is how the two rings look together. Do they need to match each other? Not necessarily, but it doesn’t hurt to find a wedding band that complements your engagement ring. From a design perspective, we’re confident that this is a great strategy to keep in mind.
Trust the Expert
If you read our blog post from last week about “Stress-Free Wedding Planning,” you may remember that we emphasized the importance of hiring quality and experienced vendors. Trust us, doing so will not only take some stress off your shoulders, but also ensure your big day is just as amazing as you dreamed it would be. Hiring a talented photographer will ensure every special moment is captured, thus creating the perfect wedding album. Booking with a professional venue will help guarantee everything goes according to plan, leading up to and on the actual wedding day. And allowing the jeweler to work their magic to find a band that fits within your budget and matches your vision will ensure you have something you love for the years to come.
Take Your Time
When it comes to wedding ring shopping, the last thing you want to be doing is scrambling for something at the last minute or rushing into a decision that you don’t love. Just as we mentioned with choosing your dream team of vendors, take some time to browse through the various offerings on wedding rings. Walk through jewelry stores, take a look around the jewelry websites, look for inspiration on social media and so on. Think about the daily lifestyle of both you and your soon-to-be spouse to see if that could impact any aspect of your ring selection. Just remember, if you start the ring shopping early on in the planning process, you’ll have plenty of time to find a ring that both you and your fiancé love.
Engagement Ring Shopping?
Rather than shopping for the perfect wedding band, are you currently in the process of selecting an engagement ring? No matter if you’re searching for the engagement ring or expecting a rock sometime soon, it’s safe to say everyone wants to find a memorable ring. In fact, we have a past blog post that highlights all of the steps for finding the perfect engagement ring. While you’re welcome to click HERE to check out the complete blog, here’s a few tips to consider for engagement ring shopping part of the process:
- Knowing the 4C’s – Cut. Color. Clarity. Carat. While the jeweler will help guide you through the process, it doesn’t hurt to be knowledgeable about the details behind diamond pricing.
- Shop Smart – Did you know that diamonds can be certified by third-party laboratories. This helps ensure the diamond holds its value and is priced off correct grades.
- Research – Just as we mentioned with the wedding bands, it doesn’t hurt to take your time and do all of the proper research. Whether that means browsing through the selections at various jewelers or trying to buy during slower seasons to possibly get a better deal, doing some research is always a smart move!
Still Need to Finalize Your Wedding Venue?
Are you engaged and live near Houston or The Woodlands? If you are and have yet to finalize your wedding venue, we would love to have the opportunity to be a part of your special day. Just as there is no shortage of options available when it comes to wedding ring shopping, you’ll notice there are also quite a few possibilities with wedding venues (especially in bigger markets like the Houston area). As briefly mentioned in the introduction, Madera Estates is a Spanish and European-inspired luxury event venue located in Conroe. We understand wedding planning can seem a little overwhelming at times and take pride in simplifying the entire process.
To get started, we recommend booking a private tour with one of our wedding planning professionals. You’ll have the opportunity to check out the various spaces that make up the venue, as well as discuss pricing and availability with a Madera team member. From the Champagne Suite and Whiskey Lounge to the Grand Fireplace and Hacienda, we think you’ll LOVE the many possibilities there are when you host your big day at Madera. To select a time that works for you, feel free to click HERE to check out our booking calendar.