Engagement rings are usually a surprise, but wedding jewellery is almost always bought in between the proposal and the big day so it is possible to shop as a couple. For most it’s the first major purchase they’ll make together and that is sometimes not as easy as it might seem. It can and should be a wonderful bonding experience but there are pitfalls for the unwary.
It’s always a good idea to discuss budget before coming to Hatton Garden or your chosen jewellery store. Talk through what you can afford, taking into account your earnings and savings, but also remembering that a wedding ring is for life. It should be the most significant gift you’ll ever buy and an heirloom to pass down to your daughter and granddaughter. While the ring isn’t the statement of a groom’s ability to provide for a wife and family as it once was, it’s still something that should be considered a major investment.
Remember that you’re buying two rings. Men’s wedding bands don’t have to be plain and unadorned any more. While they tend to be less ornate than women’s rings, there is still plenty of scope for design and plenty of decisions to be made. Matching his and hers sets are an option, but they aren’t a necessity. Like the pair of you, the rings should be complimentary rather than identical.
Allow plenty of time to browse and choose. Relax, enjoy the experience, and let yourselves get excited. If you approach it with the right frame of mind, ring shopping can get your marriage off to a fun and optimistic start.