Quite a few newlyweds to be choose to get matching wedding bands for their big wedding day. The history of the bride and groom wearing matching wedding bands dates back many years and is still very much alive and well today.
Many couples prefer to design their own matching wedding bands. They may consult with a jewelry design professional who will take their vision and use it to create two rings that uniquely reflect their own specific tastes.
When this is the situation, the matching wedding bands can either match precisely or are very similar to one another. The bride, in many cases, usually goes for a more elaborate and ornate design while the groom prefers a more simple route. The size and cut of the diamonds can be the same even though other characteristics of the rings differ.
Other couples may simply go with matching wedding bands that are already available at the jewelers, based on what they can afford, from a simple band to one that is encrusted with diamonds. When you go to check out rings, you'll be astounded at how many choices are available.
Matching wedding bands are more times than not made of gold, silver or platinum. By and large, the most popular choice in matching wedding bands is gold. Many newlyweds-to-be choose to buy a band that has a single diamond in it. The band that the bride wears is usually slightly thinner than the one worn by her husband and the woman's diamond is often larger as well, if the husband chooses to go with a diamond at all.
Selecting matching wedding bands that also match the woman's engagement ring is something to take under consideration as well. There are matching wedding band sets which include the bands worn by the man and the woman as well as the engagement ring. In this case, the bride and groom's rings are often identical, although hers will again be smaller. The engagement ring will differ a bit but still reflect the same design found in the matching wedding bands. They can really complement one another.
In the past, tradition dictated that the man would choose the engagement ring on his own and that would foreshadow the design of the matching wedding bands. But times have now changed and the future newlyweds usually choose the rings together.
In many cases, it's a good idea to purchase matching wedding bands from your local jeweler. They will happily spend the time necessary showing you the rings and discussing relevancy of size and clarity of the diamonds. They will also offer free ring sizing so the rings will fit perfectly during the wedding ceremony. Basically, they will do more than your larger retail jewelers because they are trying to win your business.
Purchasing matching wedding bands on the Internet can also be a viable choice. Many Internet jewelers are able to offer a discount because they don't have the overhead of traditional brick and mortar retailers. If you do purchase your wedding bands online be sure it's from a web site that you can trust.