Once you’ve decided on the date of the wedding and have shortlisted a few wedding venues, you should decide on your wedding rings. Many couples opt for traditional gold wedding bands while some like to look at different options. Gold and platinum aren’t the only metals you need to choose from, there are now a plethora of options available in the market that can be fitted to your specifications. The same applies to the engagement ring – don’t settle for the first option you see. If you’re unhappy with the ring, you could ask for it to be set in a metal of your choice.
While making your selection, always pay close attention to the durability, cost, sturdiness, look, and feel of the metal. Let us see some traditional and contemporary metals available for wedding rings today.
Gold is a traditional metal that has been used in wedding rings and bands for generations. An extremely versatile metal, it is also the most common one. Measured in karats, Gold is divided into strengths based on the percentage of gold used in the setting of the ring. 24 karat gold (purest gold) is too soft to directly hold shape. It is mixed with other metal alloys as a percentage to make it sturdier to hold shape and stones. The percentage and type of gold used determines the color and shade of gold.
It comes in three popular types:
- Yellow Gold: Yellow Gold is the traditional favorite for wedding rings. It gets its yellow color from gold mixed with the greenish hue of silver and the red of copper. Many couples prefer yellow gold above all other metals.
- White Gold: White gold is a beautiful contemporary take on yellow gold. It is silver in appearance and gets its unique color from a mix of yellow gold, zinc, palladium, and copper. White gold is usually plated with rhodium to preserve it from scratching and bending.
- Rose Gold: Rose gold is pinkish in color and gets its coloring from yellow gold and a copper alloy. Romantic in appearance, rose gold is soon surpassing yellow gold to become a popular choice amongst trendy brides as a metal for wedding rings.
With a soft white appearance, platinum is shiny, beautiful, and more expensive than gold. Extremely hard, platinum does not oxidize or tarnish easily. Platinum is known for its durability and is an excellent metal to hold stones in. Since platinum rings do not undergo regular wear and tear, they are excellent heirloom pieces that can be passed on to future generations. Delicate work, embellishment, and engraving always look better with platinum.
Sterling silver is the most affordable of metals for wedding rings. It is a mix of pure silver with copper or other metals that make sterling silver more durable. Harder than pure silver, sterling silver tends to get scratched or bent easily. It ranges in color from bright to greyish white. You can also have it finished in shiny or matte based on your preference. Sterling silver needs special care so that it doesn’t wear down easily. Wedding rings made in silver are also easier to maintain than gold and platinum since they are easily resizable and you can get the stones changed as per your wish.
Titanium is slowly gaining popularity since it is strong and does not easily tarnish at room temperature. Titanium is a non-toxic metal that has hypo-allergenic qualities. This makes it a sought-after metal for people with sensitive skin conditions. It has a slightly dark color as compared to other rings and is extremely light on the hand. Almost infallible, regular wear will not spoil it as much as sterling silver and gold. To clean, wash with a mild soapy solution and wipe off with a soft cloth. Titanium rings also look beautiful with stones and as traditional wedding bands.
Whatever your choice of wedding ring metal, ensure it resonates with you and your partner. Many couples prefer alternative metals like sterling silver, platinum, and titanium to traditional yellow gold. Store your wedding rings properly when not in use and get them checked regularly to ensure proper upkeep and care.
We all agree that Mums know best but does this hold true when it comes to choosing a wedding gown? Think again. Some wedding experts point out that your mum may have different views and may stick to what is traditional. Even if you agree with her, consider your entourage who will be taking on the same theme as yours. The bottom line is shop with someone else who can be more objective.
Beautiful weddings are every girl’s dream but often times, there’s too much on fashion and style. Don’t leave out comfort. You should be at ease when donning that gown. After all, you’ll be in it for hours. Make sure that the boning gives you elbow room to breathe. When trying the gown on, stand up, sit down, kneel, and bend. By doing so, you know that you’ll be comfortable in any stance.
Weddings in England have different requirements versus those in Scotland. In England and Wales, you need parental consent when you are 17 years of age. In Scotland, consent isn’t required but you should have two adults as witnesses. In Northern Ireland, there are requisites on residency for those arranging a church wedding. Do some research beforehand. The Church where you are tying the knot may present issues which you’re not prepared to tackle.
The church, apart from the entertainment and dining area, will have to be prepped up before your wedding. So consult your vicar when planning for decorations. Does the church approve of decorating the entire area? Some churches will have specific places where you can’t put décor. Even confetti is sometimes restricted or has limitations of use. Do research to avoid unwelcome surprises. After all, it’s your big day and you can make it hassle-free.