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When it comes time to buy an engagement ring or wedding band, the task may feel daunting—and with good reason, since these rings are meant to last a lifetime. Those who are looking to buy an eternal symbol of love usually spend an average of $6,000 on engagement rings and half that when it comes to purchasing a wedding band. Ring sets are one of the most important purchases of a young adult’s life. The wedding ring purchasing journey can often suck the confidence out of you, but you can buy this important jewelry with smooth sailing if you follow these tips below.

You don’t have to match.

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to buying wedding ring sets is thinking that the set has to match. This is just not the case, and it is perfectly okay to want and have different styles. If you don’t want to match but would like some sort of cohesion between your rings, you can always think about buying similar styles or using the same metals. For example, you can have a unique design within the ring that only the two of you know about. Going bold is also a fun option, so if you want a rather large diamond or a gem with a unique design, go for it! If you have a particular idea, why not talk with a jewelry consultant who can help match rings to your personalities.

Take your time.

Do not wait until the last minute to purchase a ring since you will most likely end up with an item you are not thrilled with. For many brides and grooms, buying rings may be low on the priority list, but picking out your rings should be a joint process. It may be a good idea to talk about what styles each of you likes and what designs could be deal-breakers. Choosing to order your wedding band sets as early as possible is your best option for ensuring that you get what you want.

Don’t shop without a budget.

While we all would love to go out and spend an unlimited amount of money on gemstones and precious metals, that is not the reality for most, since most couples are paying for a chunk of their wedding. Make sure you and your fiancé set a budget, and stick to it. There is always a ring for your budget, so don’t feel the need to have to keep up with the Joneses. You might also want to spend more of your money on other items like product videography which will help you capture your special day on film. Hiring a photographer that deals with video production services can take a lot of stress off your plate since you know you will have the whole day covered. They can even get a close-up of those wedding band sets.

Know your size.

It helps to know the size of both your fingers before you head off on the hunt for the perfect ring. Many websites offer an online measuring tool to help you figure it out. Any jeweler can also measure you when you go into the store to browse. You want to avoid the unnecessary annoyance of having to resize. You should avoid buying a ring without seeing it or trying it on. You want to make sure you are getting a good deal and a genuine piece of jewelry.

Planning your wedding should be one of the happiest times in your life as a couple, and shopping around for rings shouldn’t damper the experience. Hopefully, with these tips and tools of the trade, you will be well on your way to find the perfect match for you and your loved one.

Carol K