Selecting Your Wedding Rings
Paperia | March 2015
During a wedding ceremony, the officiant will lead the bride and groom in an Exchange of Rings. The wedding ring for the woman is traditionally worn on the left ring finger below the engagement ring. Oftentimes it will match the style (color, shape, etc.) of the engagement ring. The ring for the man is worn on the left hand ring finger.
Therefore, prior to your wedding ceremony, you will need to obtain these rings.
The majority of couples will shop for and purchase their wedding rings. Ring shopping is a great activity that you can do with your partner, or you can agree to make it a surprise. Some couples choose to purchase matching rings to represent the union of two becoming one, while others select completely different styles more in line with their individual taste. Do what feels right to you, and select a ring that you LOVE!
If you plan to use a family heirloom as a wedding ring, you may consider having it refinished beforehand. Another option, if your budget allows, is to have a ring specially designed for your partner. Whatever you decide, you can make selecting your wedding rings a special and meaningful process.
Two important factors to keep in mind when selecting your wedding rings are practicality and size. Remember, these are pieces of jewelry that you will presumably wear each and every day of your life. So, you will want a material and style that can endure a good amount of daily wear-and-tear. Also, you will be wearing your ring through every weather cycle. Fingers may swell when it is warmer and retract when it is cooler, so be sure that it is comfortable on your finger and has a little “give” in both directions.
You can discuss wedding ring options in greater detail with your local jeweler or department store.
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