Hello, all you brides and grooms to be! Thinking of popping the question? Did you know this year is a leap year and February 29th isn’t that far away? Although in these more enlightened times it has to be said it shouldn’t matter who pops the question. However, if you’re reading this blog you’ve likely already done the hard part. You asked. They accepted. Its time to find the perfect Irish wedding ring!
Wedding prep is probably in full swing. The venue is booked, the dress and the suits are chosen so now’s the time to make the all-important purchase of the wedding ring. In celebration of your Irish roots, I’ve put together this quick guide to choosing a memorable Irish wedding ring.
How to choose an Irish wedding ring?
While much planning goes into engagement rings, the biggest choice with Irish wedding rings is the type of metal you’ll choose for the band. Gold is traditionally the classic choice but silver and platinum have become increasingly popular.
But there’s more to choosing a wedding ring than picking a type of metal, so read on for five big considerations!
5 tips for wedding ring shopping
1. Set a budget
The rule of thumb for wedding ring shopping is to spend 3-5% of your wedding budget on the wedding rings. Naturally, this varies from couple to couple, though you’ll find plenty of choices whatever your budget.
2. Know your Celtic symbols
Celtic jewelry has a distinctive flair, but each of the classic symbols means something a little different.
In Celtic mythology, knots symbolize the sacred geometry of the universe and the interconnectedness of all life. An ancient symbol of eternity.
Tree of life:
This represents the never-ending cycle of life and heaven and earth – which is a beautiful symbol for a wedding band!
Combining three symbols, the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and the crown loyalty.
3. Mix and match
The tradition of wearing a Celtic engagement/wedding ring on the fourth finger on the left-hand goes back to ancient Rome when civilization believed that the ring finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart. This was the Vena Amoris – or the Vein of Love!
While modern medicine has disproved the theory, it’s still a popular way to wear the ring with many couples choosing to pair their engagement and wedding rings on the ring finger of the left hand.
If you’re planning on wearing both rings, remember that the stronger metal will wear away the weaker metal – so keep that in mind! If you’ve gone for a platinum engagement ring, palladium is a good option as it’s just as strong as platinum but is roughly half the cost.
However, when choosing Celtic wedding bands for each of you, you needn’t worry about them matching.
You can mix it up or go for complementary styles, or even go for a braided band that pulls two metals or styles together. For example, this Celtic wedding ring combines a Sheelin design from the Book of Kells with a contemporary band for a classic twist.
4. Size it right
Once the wedding band goes on, most couples rarely take them off. Your wedding band will come on an adventure through life with you.
While it might not seem like it, our fingers swell and contract through our lifetime – and the last thing you want is an ill-fitting wedding band.
We suggest you get your finger sized when you’re at a stable weight and in good health. The time of day matters too: schedule your sizing in mid-afternoon when your weight has stabilized for the day and you’ve done your daily exercise.
If you or your partner work with your hands a lot and you’re worried about damaging your ring, why not invest in a chain or Irish necklace you can hang it from?
5. Keep maintenance in mind
If you’re thinking of opting for a more extravagant Irish wedding ring with stones or diamonds, you’ll need to occasionally wash it in warm water and give it a very gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush.
A metal band or non-embellished ring is much easier to maintain: every now and again wipe it down with a lint-free cloth or give it a gentle, soapy wash.
Your ring should suit your lifestyle so keep these tips in mind!
Celtic wedding rings inspiration
Not 100% sure what style you’d like? I’ve picked our top three Irish wedding ring choices for him, her, and a couple on a budget!
Irish Wedding Rings For Him
Irish Wedding Rings For Her
Most of all, your wedding ring should match your personality. Let it say something about you – whether that means going for a traditional wedding band or something a little different!
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Wishing you every happiness!
Slán go fóill!