Engagement Ring VS Wedding Band: Are They Both A Need?
Getting an engagement or wedding ring is certainly a big occasion that marks the start of a new chapter in your life. They are meaningful jewellery pieces that carry significance and represent the eternal love you share with your partner.
But have you ever wondered whether you really need another ring when tying the knot? What about simply wearing your engagement ring after the wedding? Knowing the difference between your engagement ring and wedding band can help you understand the etiquette of wearing one and answer the question: do you need both?
Engagement ring vs wedding band
Let’s go back to the basics. An engagement ring is given during the proposal or when the couple decides to get married. It typically has a dominant stone, which either stands alone in the centre or is surrounded by several smaller stones.
On the other hand, a wedding band is given during your vows exchange at the wedding ceremony and represents the official bond of marriage. Typically, the wedding band is just a plain metal band or has inlaid small diamonds, which is much subtler compared to the engagement ring.
Of course, you always have the choice of parting with traditions. Today’s brides have more say in what they want with their rings. Some choose to wear their engagement ring with no wedding band while others wish to wear them both. It all depends on your personal preference and relationship.
How to wear your engagement ring and wedding band
The engagement ring and wedding band are worn traditionally on the fourth finger of your left hand. But there is also a method as to how to stack them – wearing the wedding band inside the engagement ring holds a deeper meaning as the band is closer to your heart, in honour of your marriage.
With that said, some brides opt to wear their engagement ring on one hand and their wedding band on the other. This happens if it is too uncomfortable to wear both rings on the same finger or if the rings have clashing, diverse styles that cannot be easily stacked.
Adorn your finger with this brilliant diamond ring, set in 18K white gold twirl setting. The infinity-like design offers just a touch of tradition while still being whimsical and romantic.
When to shop for wedding bands
Most couples start shopping for their wedding rings at least a few months before the wedding. This gives you enough time to search for the perfect ring that fits your style and budget. If you want a bespoke ring with customisations, then you can book a date for it without the rush.
If you are initially unsure about the style of wedding band you want, wear your engagement ring for a couple of months before choosing the wedding ring. Taking your engagement ring out for a spin can help you get a better idea of the kind of wedding band you’re envisioning – whether you wish for a matching set or contrasting separates.
You won’t go wrong with this classic wedding band to celebrate your forever love. Designed in 14K white gold, it features a pave diamond setting that gives just enough understated sparkle on its own or to beautifully complement your engagement ring.
Delicate and feminine, this 14K rose gold wedding band exudes vintage romance vibes that are every bit as timeless. Featuring a row of sparkling diamonds, let this stunning band represent your unique love story.
The question remains: do you need both?
As with any other choice you make related to your big day, it really comes down to personal preference. If you want to follow tradition, pairing a wedding and engagement ring will make for a timeless look that symbolises your love and marriage.
There’s also a recent trend of building a ring stack with mixed metals and styles – so you are free to explore your creativity! Most couples appreciate the sentimental value behind wearing both rings, as they hold memories of their proposal and wedding day.
But there are some brides who choose to buy and wear only one ring to represent their marital status and commitment. This could be due to a variety of reasons, such as comfort, practicality, and budget. They are also choosing to make their own rules over traditions. For those who prefer single rings, this means they can invest more time, effort and money into finding only one standout ring.
If you want to opt for just that one ring, this sparkly diamond ring is the perfect choice for an eye-catching look! Set in 18K white gold, it features a beautiful lab diamond solitaire with an elegant row of pavé diamonds that will leave a dazzling impression.
Both engagement and wedding rings are among the most special pieces of jewellery you will ever own, constantly reminding the eternal bond you have with your life partner. No matter what your preference is, let us help you celebrate your love’s journey with meaningfully crafted jewellery.
At SK Jewellery, we carry a range of wedding bands and engagement rings that are perfect on its own or to mix and match! Book an appointment to visit our physical showrooms and try on the rings for size!