Picking out your partner’s wedding band

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For many, an engagement ring is the focus over a wedding ring. That center diamond gets all the attention after all – a wedding band often enhances, but never steals the limelight. They are, nonetheless, an important component for saying your vows. They are symbolic of your exchange of love, of your commitment to each other. You will also be wearing them for the rest of your lives, so it’s important to make the right decision.

Designer wedding bands for both men and women can be found for good value. If you go for plain bands, as opposed to embellished or eternity bands, you won’t need to spend more than a couple hundred dollars – depending on the quality you’re looking for. Palladium is a great hypoallergenic choice for those who aren’t used to wearing jewelry, and often men aren’t. It’s lightweight and cheaper than other metals such as platinum.

Platinum or white gold?

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So you’ve decided against yellow gold, perhaps for aesthetic reasons. How do you then pick a white metal? They’re all pretty much the same, right? Not quite. While platinum, white gold, and palladium all look similar, they are distinct materials that have their own specific qualities. Depending on your requirements, one might be much more suitable for you.

Platinum and palladium are hypoallergenic – so if you have sensitive skin, you should consider these. Palladium is very light and durable, making it an ideal choice for those who don’t usually wear jewelry. It’s so light that you’ll easily get used to wearing your band every day. Unique wedding bands in both palladium and platinum are easy to find.

White gold is an alloy, of gold and a white metal such as palladium. It’s available at different karat levels depending on the ratio of gold to other metals. Gold is a very soft material and so needs to be mixed with other metals if it’s going to be worn. White gold is considered by many to have a more modern appearance then yellow gold, which explains its recent popularity.

Gift ideas for bridesmaids

Being a bridesmaid for a close friend is an incredible honor. It also has the potential to be stressful! Weddings can be emotional, and not always in a good way. Inviting people to be a part of your wedding party often ends up being a ‘make it or break it’ time of your friendship. It will strengthen your bond if you treat them respectfully, or you could push them away with controlling behavior.

It’s therefore wonderful etiquette to thank each of your bridesmaids with a meaningful keepsake. Bachelorette parties, planning sessions and dress fittings can all be expensive – not to mention time-consuming. Naturally, your friends are happy to be a part of the party, but it’s a gesture that shows how grateful you are for all their efforts. Be it a spa day, a locket, or a classic pair of diamond earrings – which they could wear to the wedding – your gift will be well received.