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? Is there a difference between a wedding ring and a wedding band? What about simply wearing your engagement ring after the wedding? Do men need to wear an engagement ring? If wearing both, should the engagement ring go on your finger first? What about wearing more than two rings?
Knowing the difference between your engagement ring and wedding band can help you understand the etiquette of wearing one or the other and finally answer the question: do you need both?
ENGAGEMENT RING VS WEDDING RING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
When discussing the difference between engagement rings VS wedding rings, it’s easiest to start with the basics.
What is an engagement ring, and when is it usually given or worn? 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. Engagement rings are typically worn by women, although some men now choose to wear their own engagement ring as a symbol of their love and commitment to their partner.
If you’re looking for a classic engagement ring, something like the Star Carat Classic Twirl Diamond Ring might be the right ring for you. Adorn your finger with this brilliant diamond ring set in an 18K white gold twirl setting. The infinity-like design offers just a touch of tradition while still being whimsical and romantic.
On the other hand, a wedding band is given during the exchange of your vows 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. Both husband and wife typically wear their own wedding bands, which usually come in an identical or matching design as a sign of their partnership.
Couples who want a simple yet stunning statement of their love can consider a set of matching Classic Eternity Wedding Bands. Designed in 14K white gold, it features a pave diamond setting that gives just enough understated sparkle on its own or to beautifully complement an engagement ring in any design. The Eternity Love Rose Gold Wedding Band also stands out for its delicate and feminine lustre, with a 14K rose gold wedding band that 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.
Of course, you always have the choice of parting with traditions. Today’s brides and grooms 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. Some couples also have wedding bands that look completely different from their partner’s to better cater to their own unique personality, design style, or practical needs. It all depends on your personal preference and relationship.
For those who want a single ring to leave others speechless, look no further than the Star Carat Starlight Diamond Ring. This sparkly diamond ring is the perfect choice for an eye-catching look! Set in 18K white gold, it features a beautiful lab grown diamond solitaire with an elegant row of pavé diamonds that will leave a dazzling impression.
HOW TO WEAR YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING AND WEDDING BAND
The engagement ring and wedding band are traditionally worn stacked together 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 (i.e. putting the wedding ring onto your finger first) is said to hold 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. Some brides or grooms may even wear their wedding bands on chains around their necks if it could interfere with their daily work tasks, allowing them to keep their love for their partner close no matter what.
As more people choose to break with traditional wedding ‘rules’, there is a greater acceptance of unorthodox wedding and engagement ring styles. Whether you choose to go with the flow or buck tradition, it’s ultimately a personal choice that only matters to you and your partner.
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 find the perfect ring that fits your style and budget. If you want a bespoke ring with customisations, it’s best to give yourself a little extra time in the form or an additional month or two to account for any changes. That way you can ensure your wedding band arrives in your hands in time for your ceremony without any last-minute rushing or unaccounted-for delays.
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.
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. Most couples appreciate the sentimental value behind wearing both rings, as they hold separate yet interconnected memories of their proposal and wedding day.
A recent trend that puts its own spin on wearing your wedding and engagement rings together is that of building a ring stack with mixed metals and styles – so you are free to explore your creativity and express your unique personality through a small collection of wedding jewellery! As you celebrate notable events or anniversaries, you can even add on more rings for an interchangeable jewellery collection that’s entirely your own.
Despite all of this tradition behind wearing both rings together, some brides still 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 as an anchor piece for their entire look. If this seems appealing to you, you can also turn to other types of jewellery such as diamond bracelets and diamond earrings to create a coordinating jewellery set dedicated to your love. Who says that rings are the only way to express your partnership or marriage?
DISCOVER TIMELESS ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS AT SK JEWELLERY
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!