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Main Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Ring

Difference between an engagement ring and a wedding band, and whether you actually need to buy both!

Excellent news! Your fiancé chose the perfect engagement ring! But, what’s really the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring? And, if you love your engagement ring so much, do you also need to get a coordinating wedding ring? Sometimes finding the perfect wedding band match can be tricky. Can you simply wear your engagement ring after you’re married, instead, or would that be bucking tradition a bit too much? Is it acceptable to even wear your wedding band on the opposite ring finger?

You will find all the answers in this article.


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Should You Buy a Wedding Ring Or an Engagement Ring First?

Speaking strictly from a practical point of view, I recommend that you only buy the engagement ring if you aren’t sure whether she will say “yes” to your proposal.

On the other hand, if you and your partner had already discussed marriage beforehand and you are confident that she’ll agree to the proposal, it makes sense to get the wedding ring at the same time as the engagement ring.

How Many Rings Should You Wear After Getting Married?

It’s up to personal preferences and depends on an individual’s culture. Most married women wear both the engagement ring and the wedding band together while some may prefer to wear only one of them for symbolic reasons.

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring

The main difference between the engagement ring and the wedding ring is that they’re two separate, stacked bands, and you don’t wear the wedding ring until after you’re married. You can also choose to attach the two rings, but this is less common since you can’t take them apart. Traditionally, brides wear the wedding band inside the engagement ring so that it’s closer to her heart (aww!). However,  since women are now having more of a say in their ring designing, brides are parting with tradition, and there are a lot more wedding ring variations. People are doing whatever they want, and wedding bands offer the opportunity to have more flair. Some people want wedding rings with a big stone, and that won’t fit with the engagement ring, so they’ll wear it on their other hand.

What’s the Difference Between a Wedding Band and a Wedding Ring?

Nothing! These 2 terms refer to the same thing. Wedding bands/rings are exchanged by the couple after saying their marriage vows to each other.

When To Pick Out Wedding Bands

Couples choose wedding bands at least two months before the wedding. That way, you can account for any last-minute wedding planning details that might pop up while your rings are already in production. If you’re unsure about what kind of wedding band you want initially, you can weare your engagement ring for a few months before you choose the wedding ring. Your preferences might change, so take your engagement ring for a spin to get a better grasp of the wedding band you’re envisioning as your big day draws closer.

Do I Need Both?

Ultimately, it really comes down to personal preference. Instead of a separate engagement ring and wedding ring, many couples these days are deciding to get one ring each. Besides saving money, there are multiple benefits of going this route: Single rings are more comfortable and less fussy than a stacked band and engagement ring combo, it’s one less ring to have to worry about losing (especially important if you’re a bit scatterbrained!), you don’t have to worry about two rings perfectly lining up, plus, more of an investment can be made in a single stand-out stone. So deciding to go with one ring is a very smart idea for some couples. All that really matters is that your engagement ring is one you love and will be happy wearing all the time. And if you’re enamored of your engagement ring on its own but still want a wedding ring, consider wearing them on separate ring fingers.

The engagement ring and wedding ring represents the unity and bond towards your significant half. Whether you are looking for an elaborately designed ring or a modest looking ring, you will be spoilt for choices.

Finding the Perfect Set of Rings

The sky is the limit when it comes to available ring designs.

I strongly encourage you to spend some time browsing around in order to get a better understanding of what’s available. And if possible, you should also discuss preferences with your partner before pulling the trigger.

Good luck with your shopping!

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