Being a bride is definitely not easy. And those who disagree are definitely lying. That said, there’s no debating that the journey to the aisle has its perks. Case in point: choosing wedding bands and other related baubles.
We asked Erin Gallagher of the eponymous Lincoln Park, Chicago bauble boutique to shed some light on the process so when it comes to shopping, fiancés can focus on having full-on glittery fun.
Gallagher explains selecting wedding bands as “an opportunity for the bride to stylize her new bling.” Accessorizing an accessory? Now that’s language we can speak.
For those clueless on where to start, Gallagher recommends that new brides create a Pinterest board of favorite looks. Then think about whether you plan to wear your band with the engagement ring, sport it solo, and how hard you are on your jewelry. “Once a bride determines style and function, the rest is easy!” she says.
“Ask yourself, do you want to wear your band with the engagement ring? If yes, look into a shadow band which follows the contour of your ring exactly. They typically have a slight bend or notch in them to account for the center stone, which means they look a bit off when worn solo.” -Erin Gallagher
When it comes to your guy, Gallagher stresses the importance of trying, trying, trying. “Most men aren’t used to wearing rings, so for him the most important thing is comfort,” she says.
Like Erin Gallagher Chicago, many jewelry shops are also prime places to snap up presents for your bridal party. As a general guide on how much to spend, consider the amount that each bridesmaid is shelling out for you: Are the bridesmaid dresses you chose $400, and your bachelorette is in Mexico? Or are you buying the dresses, and saying sayonara to singledom with a dive bar pub-crawl? Gallagher also reminds us, “It’s a gift, so no matter your budget, try to thing of something that your ladies would really love.” For something super personal, Erin Gallagher’s online shop offers a nifty design tool that lets you create a custom trinket.
After all, anyone who walks down that aisle better do it in style.