When choosing your engagement and wedding rings, it is important to decide on which style and type as this is going to be worn all day, every day for the rest of your days on you and your partner.


Once upon a time, the engagement ring etiquette was that it should cost 2 months of your salary. However, today it's safe to say this has changed, and your ring choice should be based on personal style. It can cost anything you feel and, most of all, what you can afford. Don't ignore your partner's suggestions for an engagement ring, and make sure you show your partner what you like as well.

Every jewelry store will have engagement and wedder rings, and usually have the two in a set, so keep this in mind when shopping around. Diamonds are definitely a go, and your partner may have another type of stone they like to match with it.


Odds are, you're probably here because you're already engaged. So let's talk wedding bands! They can come in a large variety of styles, patterns and materials. Traditionally, a simple gold band is the "wedder" style of ring to choose. As mentioned above, there are engagement and wedder sets that you can buy together to save on the hassle of picking one later. You or your partner may also have heirloom rings that you could consider for your wedding day.

Tradition isn't everything, so don't discount looking at something that matches who you and your partner are. There are a wealth of options out there, so without wanting to make your life harder, go shopping with your partner and pick something for you.

Wedding bands

  • Rhodium Plated
  • Sterling Silver
  • Platinum 950
  • Palladium 950
  • Titanium
  • Zirconium
  • Black Zirconium
  • Tungsten Carbide
  • 9ct White Gold
  • 14ct White Gold
  • 18ct White Gold
  • 9ct Yellow Gold
  • 14ct Yellow Gold
  • 18ct Yellow Gold
  • 22ct Yellow Gold
  • 9ct Rose Gold
  • 18ct Rose Gold
As you can see, there's a stack of options when it comes to the type of your wedding ring. Get in early and make sure your fingers are measured properly, both when ordering the ring and picking it up. Choose a style that you and your partner like, and make sure the ring is comfortable on you.


Thing about getting your rings engraved with a special message to each other. Something simple can make your rings invaluable and serve as a reminder of your wedding day for years to come.

Can I wear different carat gold bands on my fingers?

There's no simple answer here. In theory, a 9 carat ring won't last as long as the 18 carat ring, but there are so many different factors that can change this (including what your body oils do to the rings). Some people also have allergies to the compounds that the ring is made with, making a lower carat ring not possible.

You definitely should match the type of material you already have - eg, don't try and match white gold with yellow gold, as these will wear down and lose their colour quickly. Match the same type of material if wearing your engagement ring with your wedding ring.

Mister Bee's thoughts 

Don't let any of this scare you from choosing a lower carat ring if you find one you and your partner love. This is your day, a symbol of your togetherness, so go for the rings that suit you both. Make sure you get shopping early - custom rings can take weeks to make so make sure you have enough time to get them delivered, and in the worse case resized if anything changes.

Remember you can always get new rings in the years after you get married if you renew your vows. Don't let a ring be a showstopper on the path to your wedding.

Mister Bee Tips
  • Choose a pattern or plain that suits you both.
  • Take your partner for fittings!
  • Make sure the type matches the engagement ring.
  • Shop around, look online and compare styles to make sure you get what you want.
  • Don't forget where you put them!
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