Help! What Is The Difference Between an Engagement Ring And A Wedding Ring?

If you don’t know the difference between an engagement ring and A wedding ring, you are not alone.   When my husband proposed to me 11 years ago, neither of us had a clue on what the difference was between an engagement ring and a wedding ring.
If you’re considering proposing to your significant other or are engaged and planning your wedding it is essential for you to know the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring.  Both pieces of Jewelry are significant but differ slightly in meaning.
As professional Wedding Planner, I get this question very often.   A lot of guys are confused when they walk into the jewelry store about what they need to purchase.  Also, a lot of ladies want to the know how many rings they should be wearing and when they should be wearing each ring.
So, I’ve decided to inform all of you about the difference between an Engagement Ring and A Wedding Ring.   It can be very confusing for someone who doesn’t have any knowledge about wedding rings.  However,  I promise after reading this informative blog, you’ll walk away with the knowledge you need in order to ensure that your ring shopping experience is  successful and fun.  Happy Ring Shopping!

What is an Engagement Ring?
An engagement ring is presented to your significant other at the time of the marriage proposal.  If all goes well during the proposal and your significant other says yes!   The engagement ring will serve  as a symbol throughout the entire engagement period, which indicates to others that she is engaged to be married and that she has agreed to marry the person who presented the engagement ring.  The engagement ring is to be placed on the ring finger of your significant other’s left hand.  Also,  keep in mind that the engagement ring is typically more expensive and extravagant than the actual wedding ring.

What is a Wedding Ring?
Both the Bride and Groom will present their wedding rings to each other during the ceremony.  The wedding ring is also referred to as a wedding band,  the brides wedding ring is typically not as extravagant as her engagement ring.  Wedding bands can be silver, gold, platinum or titanium and can be plain bands or decorated with diamonds.  In a nutshell, your overall budget will help you to determine what style of wedding bands will work best for the two of you.  The Bride’s wedding ring should also be worn on the left hand, on the ring finger.

To make a long story short, the engagement ring and wedding ring are presented at different times, you can purchase the two pieces of  jewelry at the same time as a set.   Which will save you time and money in the long run.  Personally, I think it’s better to purchase the set, so that you can ensure that both the engagement ring and wedding band styles match perfectly.

  1. It was interesting to me when you talked about how engagement and wedding rings can be purchased at the same time. If you are going to be purchasing the rings at the same time, you are going to want to make sure that your partner is going to love them. Taking your partner ring shopping with you could be a good way to make sure you pick the right ones.

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