Getting married is an exciting experience, but it requires a lot of planning. The chances are that if you're engaged and have set a date for the big day, you'll have thought of everything, from the catering and the flowers to the dress and make-up for the ladies.
In spite of the huge amounts of effort that most couples put into planning their wedding and making sure that everything is just right, it is always surprising how little thought some couples give to choosing their wedding rings. With simple yellow gold bands still the most common choice, it's easy to forget that there are plenty of other options. In recent years, white gold has become popular, although platinum wedding rings are the ultimate way to show your new spouse just how much they mean to you.
Platinum wedding rings are the ideal choice for men and women as they are attractive yet durable. Made from the rarest metals on earth, platinum wedding rings can cost a little more than gold versions, but this is a lifetime investment for the love of your life so it's worth splashing out to find the right piece for you.
What's more, although platinum is very precious, it is a very hard metal. This means that platinum wedding rings are more hard wearing than other metals and can stand up to repeated washing and even abrasion.
Some new husbands find it strange to wear a ring for the first time but there are some fantastic options available to suit all kinds of men. Chunkier styles work best on men with larger hands, while different finishes can be chosen to suit your bone structure and skin tone.
Men’s plain brushed platinum wedding rings are an understated option as the dark silvery hues of this precious metal are more contemporary than yellow gold, while a matte, brushed effect helps to give your wedding ring a masculine edge.
For women, daintier styles can be elegant. A slim 2mm platinum wedding ring looks beautiful on smaller hands, though thinner bands can also make a chic choice for ladies with larger hands as well as for grooms.
Choosing your rings is just as important as all the other plans for the big day, so whatever you do, don't say 'I do' without exploring all the different options very carefully to ensure that you'll want to wear your wedding ring forever.