How to choose a wedding ring: tips and inspiration to create your wedding set

Engagement and wedding ring photo

Stephanie Sunderland

So you’ve got your dream engagement ring on your finger — but have you thought about how to choose a wedding ring yet? When my husband and I got married, he had been playing professional basketball overseas for the past year. Since he couldn’t wear his wedding ring while playing basketball, we were both convinced he would lose it within months. The constant taking off and putting back on would surely mean we’d be replacing the ring in no time. So we opted for the cheapest of the cheap, a $46 titanium ring from some no-name website. Little did we know that his ring would outlast many of his non-athlete friends! Seven years later, he’s still putting on and taking off that same ring at least three times each week, and it’s become a fun little anecdote to share through the years.

Meanwhile, my only stipulation for my own ring was that it be narrow enough to sit under the setting in my engagement ring. I settled on a simple white gold band from the same local jewellery store my parents bought their wedding rings twenty-five years earlier.

Most people (like us!) don’t think about the fact that your wedding band is likely the only item from your wedding day that you’ll wear for the rest of your life. Your dress, his tux, the flowers, the venue – those are all decisions that will last you just for your wedding day. Your wedding band is something you’ll have around your ring finger for years to come. So that’s why we’re helping you with a few tips for choosing your wedding band, as well as some of our favorite wedding bands and where to find them.

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A elegant & classic Smog Shoppe wedding by Krista Mason

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It’s no secret that the Smog Shoppe in LA is one of the hottest, most fun wedding venues on the west coast. But what really stuns us about Smog Shoppe are the creative couples that choose to get married there, and how each celebration is uniquely it’s own. You might remember last week, when we featured this colorful and cool Smog Shoppe wedding by Chloe Moore Photography? Well, we’re at it again, but this time we’re sharing Amanda and Matt’s elegant and classic Smog Shoppe wedding!

Touches like sequined bridesmaid dresses, a unique statement necklace and mercury glass table settings added touches of glam to Amanda and Matt’s classic wedding theme. Our favorite detail has to be the fun, custom mad-libs left for every guest at the reception tables. Ready to see more of this special day, captured by Krista Mason? Keep reading!

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How to create your wedding timeline (and three timeline examples)

Wedding day timelines and templates

White Willow Paper via Etsy

From the moment you wake up until the last drip of champagne is sipped, your wedding day is guaranteed to be filled with activities, events and of course, excitement!

Since nerves are bound to set in at some point and you can’t be everywhere at once (nor should you be – you’re the bride!), it’s important to have a timeline outlined and in-place to help ensure that the day runs smoothly. Be sure to share the timeline with your bridal party, all your vendors and any other parties that you deem necessary, such as your parents. Having multiple parties aware of the timeline will help keep you calm and everybody and all events on schedule.

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Win $200 to make your groom and groomsmen dapper with Gold Coast Goods!

Gold Coast Goods — dapper custom groomswear for your own wedding! Love this!

This giveaway is now closed! The winners are Phil K and Rebekah S. Thank you for all who participated. Remember — Wedding Party readers get a special discount code toward Gold Coast Goods for a limited time! Use “weddingparty” at check out for 20% off anything from the Gold Coast Goods website, or 15% off a custom order.

Let’s cut to the chase — if you thought it was hard finding your bridesmaid dresses, just wait until you try to find the perfect style for your groomsmen. There are a lot of options out there to make your groom and groomsmen dapper (aren’t we brides just spoiled for choice?), and once you nail down a style you’ll need to accessorize to complete the look. Whether you’re choosing ties or bowties, tuxes or suits, we’ve got a little something up our sleeves this Friday to make that entire process a little easier for you!

We’ve teamed up with Gold Coast Goods to give TWO lucky brides $200 toward perfect groom and groomsmen accessories. If Gold Coast Goods sounds familiar, that’s because it is — we featured a gorgeous boho-chic elopement featuring styling by their talented founder, Samantha Baker, earlier this week! If that feature didn’t leave you smitten by those handsome grooms and their stylin’ getups, just wait until you see more dapper pieces from Gold Coast Goods! Trust us, they’ll look perfect on your groomsmen.

Gold Coast Goods — dapper custom groomswear for your own wedding! Love this!

Gold Coast Goods was started by Samantha and her mother, Jan, in 2013, after they collaborated to make ties for her own wedding! In addition to the neckwear collection you can find on their website, they also work with brides to make custom ties and bowties (and even pocket squares!) for weddings. It’s an incredibly personal process, with Samantha and her mother working directly with the couple to find the perfect combination of fabric, color and styling to complete their wedding vision.

If you thought that sounded awesome, just wait until you get to the best part: once the ties are all sewn up, Gold Coast Goods will finish them individually with a monogrammed tie loop that can display a couple’s initials, the wedding date, or the initials or nickname of a groomsman.  They’re the perfect way to tie a wedding party together (pun intended!) and provide a meaningful gift for groomsmen.

Okay, ready to see more fabulous style by Gold Coast Goods and learn how you can WIN some amazing custom neckwear for yourself? Keep reading, friends!

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