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Considering The Choices For Wedding Bands
While the selection of the engagement ring is often a surprise, the choice of wedding bands is typically a joint decision made by the wedding couple. In the past, you may have been limited by tradition to a plain gold wedding band, both for the bride and the groom. These days, you have many more options and choices, which can allow a couple to stamp their bands with their own personal flair or budget their monies better. In addition, some choices are available today that were never even considered in the past, like titanium wedding bands. These new options provide a number of features that make them suitable for modern lifestyles and pocketbooks. Here's a look at some great choices available to today's wedding couple.
Matching Wedding Band Sets
A romantic and sentimental choice is a matching wedding band set, to signify the close connection between husband and wife. It can be duplicate designs, or it can also be two wedding bands that when put together make a solid design (like two halves of a heart on each). Either way, the bands are obviously connected by design and create a nice way of announcing your other half.
Diamond Wedding Bands
Gone are the days when wedding bands were plain. Now, you can choose to even stud the bands with diamonds, in any color! You aren't just limited to white diamonds, and often a black diamond can be a very novel and modern look, especially in newer settings of platinum and titanium. It's a great way to give the groom a little diamond bling that the bride automatically gets when she gets her engagement ring.
Industrial Metal Bands
This is a big trend in wedding bands and the reasons for it are very practical. While gold is a great choice for sentimental reasons, it often can get scuffed and nicked in today's active lifestyles. People who go to the gym regularly or play sports find that they have to remove the jewelry to keep it from getting damaged, particularly in high chlorine environments. Gold will also wear down over time, just for plain everyday use. That's where the newer industrial metal bands make more sense. They are less likely to nick or dent in sports play. They are not as susceptible to wearing down. They also are a silvery-gray color that complements modern design palettes better than gold. As if these weren't enough good reasons, they also are significantly less expensive than gold to purchase.
Two-toned designs are easy with the choice of metals out there now. There are a number of finishes one can get with titanium, platinum, or white gold. They can be combined with regular gold to make new, contemporary, designs that appeal to people who want something a little unusual in a wedding band. However, typically, the more unusual the design the more it will cost to get it.
Heritage Wedding Bands
If you love your Irish heritage, there's no reason you can't have the bands engraved with Celtic knots. Putting something that celebrates your family background while bringing in a new family member can give your choice depth and meaning. Some metals may be harder to engrave than others, and increase the cost of having these designs, but one can ask for different estimates based on different metals, if that's a consideration.
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