Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Bands

 

Looking for the perfect wedding band? From selecting the right metal and engravings, to finding the right fit and style- it’s important you find a wedding band that you’ll be happy to wear for years to come. The Wedding Team at Delamere Manor have pulled together a handy guide, breaking down everything you need to know about wedding bands, ensuring you say “yes” to the right band…

 

  • The History

Firstly, let’s look at the history of the wedding band so you can decide whether this is a wedding tradition that you would like to pursue… 

Dating back over 6,000 years to Ancient Egypt, the wedding bands were introduced to signify the commitment and love between a married couple. With no defining beginning or end, the wedding bands represent eternity, and are placed on the fourth finger of the left hand as it was believed there was a ‘vein of love’ which ran from this finger directly to the heart. The tradition of metal bands began with the Ancient Greeks and Romans, who were known to wear rings of iron, gold and silver depending on wealth. It wasn’t long after this that wedding rings began to be personalised and couples would include engravings of dates, words, and figures to represent the couple. 

Today, there are no rules when it comes to the wedding rings! As many couples do tend to wear them on the fourth finger, some opt to wear the rings on chains around their necks or even on alternative fingers. Instead of the traditional plain bands, there are also options for gem-set bands to add some sparkle too.

 

 

  • Metal Options

Most wedding bands are made of precious metals including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. There are pros and cons to wearing each metal which should be considered when selecting your band:

 

Yellow Gold – Selected as the most hypoallergenic and easiest to maintain, a yellow gold band will need to be polished and cleaned regularly.

 

White Gold – Whilst white gold bands are scratch-resistant and more affordable than platinum, these bands will need to be dipped every few years to keep its luster.

 

Rose Gold – Although rose gold is the most affordable and durable, this is not a hypoallergenic metal.

 

Platinum – The most expensive of the wedding bands, a platinum ring will be hypoallergenic and durable but will become dull and scratch overtime.

 

 

  • Stone Options

A great way to make your wedding band unique is by adding a stone or gem. While pave styles are a popular choice, we recommend a channel setting, which involves setting the stones in a channel in the ring, making them more secure. When it comes to selecting your stone, we recommend diamonds, rubies, sapphires, or emeralds. 

 

 

  • Engraving Options

From art deco designs to inscriptions, when it comes to engraving options- the possibilities are endless. However, it’s worth noting that any type of engraving or etching is likely to trap dirt, making the ring harder to clean!

 

 

  • Width Options

 

Selecting the width of your wedding band is one of the biggest choices you’ll have to make when it comes to selecting the rings. We recommend using your engagement ring as a guide for this, and seeing which width fits best to complete your wedding ring ‘stack’. Ranging from 1mm – 8+mm, the most common wedding band width selection tends to be between 2mm & 4mm. However, it can be fun to mix widths too to create a unique look!

 

 

Delamere Manor is Cheshire’s most sought-after wedding venue. To find out more, including availability for 2022 weddings, get in touch with the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor on 01606 261361 or email us at enquiries@1120601262.test.prositehosting.co.uk

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