by: Chelsea, ECC
While wedding band sets are still sold, we’ve seen more and more brides looking for unique pieces instead of a complete set that matches. Brides and grooms used to have a very small selection of styles for their wedding bands. Now with all three (engagement ring, wedding band and the groom’s wedding band) mainly being sold separately, you can add uniqueness and have the style of your choice for your wedding bands. With the price of gold rising, light metals have become very popular. But what is the main trend now? We’d have to say individuality. It is all about having your own style and making your wedding bands about you and your husband.
Yes every woman loves diamonds, but that is what the engagement ring is for. Now brides are making their wedding bands a little more vintage and simple with maybe only one small diamond. The director of marketing and communications at Frank Adams Jewelers, Billie Jo Newman says that the guard rings are becoming a new trend. “A lot of people are doing one on each side, the trend being toward vintage-looking rings, the fine detailed ring that lends itself to this style.”
The eternity band and channel ring are also increasingly popular. With the eternity band, that is where the gem or diamond travels all the way around the ring. As for the channel ring, this is where the gems or diamonds are placed into the band. This is usually on the engagement ring around a bigger diamond but now is very popular on wedding bands all the way around the ring.
As for the engraving on the inside of the band, that is still popular and going strong. It keeps the uniqueness and special warmness of the wedding band. Most couples usually get their initials and their wedding date. But now people are starting to get a little more spontaneous and more personal, engraving nicknames or even having the bride write something for the groom and the groom do the same for the bride and then have it be a surprise and their wedding day to each other. We’ve even seen a push for fingerprints on the rings (where they have their bands specially made with either the bride or grooms finger prints in the ring–clearly it needs to be a larger band). Another fun trend we’ve seen is incorporating colored stones into the wedding band. The engagement band may stay simple, but brides are becoming more daring adding rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other stones to their wedding bands. What a stunning way to add a little color to your life!
So as the new trends come again every year, individuality will always be the main key. Every couple is different and has something of their own in mind. So talk to each other pick something you both will love, because the wedding band is a symbol of the two of you coming together as husband and wife and starting a life together. As Billie Jo Newman says, “Every couple needs to decide what’s right for them, to evaluate what their story is about. Choose what works for you to represent your marriage.” We couldn’t agree more.
Until next time, happy planning!