How to choose the perfect wedding ring.

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It’s probably going to be the be the biggest day of your lives. The day you plan and prepare for is just around the corner. Most wedding ring purchases are usually one of the last things you tick off on the ‘to do’ list so it’s no surprise that some people can come to us a little overwhelmed at this stage. So if you’re planning on getting married this year take a moment; pop the kettle on, put your feet up as we bring to you everything you need to know when it comes to choosing that perfect wedding ring.

Budget

First thing you’d probably need to discuss like most things when it comes to your wedding is budget. Wedding rings can really vary in price so decide from the get go how much it is you want to spend collectively on your rings. This will help our designer understand the type of metals and materials they can work with as well as getting a rough idea of the weight of the weds.

 

Style

Before you’ve even considered your budget the first thing you thought about was maybe what style of ring do you want. Whilst most groomsmen in particular opt for a plain band, the possibilities can be endless. Have a think of the following before you book your appointment: do you want a matching set? Will you want stones set? Channel and beaded sets tend to be the most popular for wedding rings using princess or round brilliance diamonds. If you want to understand more about diamonds then have a read of our blog post: ‘ Understanding the diamond you’re buying.

It’s also worth thinking about the kind of shape are you after in a wed. If you are a complete novice to jewellery then don’t worry too much – we can look at shapes together during your appointment. For starters, a  popular shape of wedding band is the comfort fit. Designed to sit tighter yet still feel comfortable on the finger, the comfort fit has a design in which you wouldn’t really feel the whole band being on the finger, unlike the half round shape. The half round tends to be more of a simple band in design and is more traditional. You would be able to feel the whole of the band around your finger. 

Some brides like the idea of their wedding ring interlinking with their engagement ring. This is something that’s always popular and can compliment your engagement ring beautifully.

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Metals

After budget this is probably one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding ring. The choice of metal really determines how much you’ll be spending. Ladies when it comes to choosing your ring we usually recommend that it is made of the same properties as the engagement ring as it’s important to preserve the quality of both rings. The top metals we usually work with are the following:

Gold

Yellow, rose or white gold, this metal still remains popular with wedding rings. The price of gold can depend on the weight, carat and rarity of the material. If you’d like a different material to stand against a diamond engagement ring that’s very on trend then why not try a rose gold band? Rose gold is feminine, delicate and doesn’t tarnish.  If you’d prefer more of a classic look then yellow gold is very traditional and timeless. If you’d prefer a silver tone then white gold may be best suited. White gold will lose it’s brightness over time so it’s worth popping back to us once in a while for us to bring that shine back to life.

Platinum

If you’re after luxury then you won’t be disappointed with Platinum as a metal. Hardwearing and a rarer form of metal, Platinum will indeed come with a higher price point than most metals. If you’re looking for a metal that will hold the stones in a ring then this would be a match made in heaven.

Palladium

A metal that’s increased in popularity over the last couple of years has been Palladium. Still belonging the same family as platinum this metal is lot lighter and can be more affordable. It’s always worth getting a quote for platinum and palladium rings however when you are in an appointment as the difference in price can change daily.  A durable metal a palladium ring wouldn’t require Rhodium plating.

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Titanium

A great material if you’re after a really durable wedding ring. Great for those that work in a trade; such as builder, plumber, electrician and use their hands for their work. More affordable than gold – it’s a great material that’s very hard to bend and get out of shape and requires minimal maintenance.

Your appointment

 Once you’ve established a budget with your partner it’s always a good idea to book an appointment with a House of Solus designer to get the ball rolling. Located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the design studio is a private space where you can talk about your expenditure, ideas and thoughts over a refreshment with your jeweller. 

Jill came to visit us at the end of 2018 from oversees in search of designing a set of wedding rings which she intended on surprising her fiancé with upon her return to Australia. After getting to know her requirements, Jill and Gemma designed a pair of stunning 18 carat white gold wedding rings.

 

‘It was very special for me to return home to design our rings and meeting House of Solus seemed like it was meant to be.’

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Once the design was confirmed our team of jewellers got to work in creating the pair of special bespoke weds which were then flown out to Australia ready for the Jill and
Rod’s wedding in February. 

Our ethos is simple. We will understand your needs, work within your budget and most importantly listen.

The finer detail

You might also want to have a think about the finer detail too such as engraving. If it’s something that you like the idea of but are uncertain on the choice, then don’t worry – this is something we can always add after you’ve tied the knot.  

When to book

We’d usually recommend for bespoke wedding rings to book an appointment with our design team around 6-8 weeks in advance of the wedding, although you can book in whenever you want to start looking at designs and ideas.  

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Get away from it all – Top Honeymoon destinations.

So you’ve done it! The rings, have been chosen, the vows have been made and that magical day has been. Whether you’re planning a mini moon or thinking of packing your bags and jetting overseas to a tropical destination – we thought we’d ask our friends at luxury travel agents Kuoni to give you a helping hand with some ideas of where to pack up and just get away from it all.

THE MALDIVES

Best time to go: November - April
Ideal duration: A week - ten days.

If you’re after that piece of paradise then the Maldives is literally the place to go. A place of uninterrupted serenity, each resort boasts its only private island. What more could you want when starting your new journey as newlyweds? With its crystal clear waters, stunning coral reefs and soft, white sands – the islands have all you need for ultimate relaxation. 

Kuoni suggest that the famous overwater villas are popular with honeymooners. That being said the privacy of the beach villas are just as breathtaking with private outdoor bathrooms and plunge pools. And what more could a happy, newlywed couple need other than a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach? 

Kuoni suggest travelling between November – April. It would be a perfect destination for a bit of winter sun – a perfect destination for those Christmas weddings! Ideally if you’re staying in the one resort then the travel agents recommend staying between a week to ten days. For longer stays you could consider splitting your time over two resorts. Same sex honeymoons in the Maldives are permitted.

THAILAND

Best time to go: November - Febraury
Hotest Months - April - May

Another destination that really is a taste of paradise. Whether you choose to lie on one of their exotic beaches or take in the vast flavours of culture the islands have to offer – there really is something for everyone. Whatever your preference be sure to check out Kuoni’s website as many hotels and resorts offer discounts or complimentary treats for honeymooners. 

The beauty of Thailand is you can really tailor your honeymoon around what you want. Whether you want to go a lively beach resort, prefer the more secluded destinations or want to be nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of city life – Thailand won’t disappoint.

If you want to travel Kuoni will coincide your Thai honeymoon with other Asian islands. It’s worth noting that some islands climate are different to others. Koh Samui and Koh Phangan tend to have more sunshine from May – June, whereas northern Thailand is cooler than Bangkok in the winter and hotter in the summer.

USA & CANADA

Best time to go: Any
Top destinations: Vegas, San Fransisco , New York, Canada.

Firstly when looking at the States and Canada for a honeymoon destination it’s probably best to first think what kind of honeymoon do we want?If you’re after the glitz and glamour and to really self indulge then the bright light of Vegas will certainly be calling. If you’re after breathtaking views then the Grand Canyon is only s short hop away from Vegas.

That being said New York is very much a city dressed to impress. With the stunning architecture of the city skyline it’s impossible not to fall in love with this place. Kuoni have suggested to perhaps visit New York as a stop gap though to maybe a more tranquil destination such as the Caribbean – as the Big Apple can be quite overwhelming after a few days. 

Another country that’s quickly becoming popular with honeymooners is Canada. With a diverse range of landscapes, culture and grown up cities. If you’re a couple wanting to take advantage of some alone time then why not take a drive up to the Canadian mountains and visit one of the country’s impressive National Parks. Offering stunning scenery and with a wide range of moose, bears and seals to explore in their natural habitat – we can guarantee this place will capture that a once in a lifetime feeling. 

ITALY

Best time to go: April - October
Top destinations: The Lakes, Venice, Rome, Milan, Sardinia.

We couldn’t have compiled a list of the best honeymoon destinations without Italy making an appearance. Regarded as one of the most romantic places in the world, the country is engulfed in rich history, dramatic coast lines and of course first class cuisine! 

The country is also becoming a favourite wedding destination. If you’ve perhaps tied the knot in the Lakes then why not enjoy a change of scenery and head up to the country’s capital? Rome captures the country’s empirical history and of course it’s home to some of the best food there is! Venice and Milan are a great stop too for art and fashion and of course shopping! 

And for the romance there’s Sardinia. With stunning white sand and turquoise waters – it’s a gorgeous accompaniment to the mountainous scenery. 

Kuoni also offer complimentary honeymoon offers, such as room upgrades, candlelit dinners and spa treatments. 

Their Personal Travel Experts can mix and match flights, hotels and experiences to tailor make your perfect Italy honeymoon.

BALI

Best time to go: April - October
Top destinations:

Known for it’s welcoming culture, Bali boasts stunning white sandy beaches and tranquility. 

Kuoni definitely recommend taking a trip to explore the culturally rich island. Why not get away to the jungles of Bali and stay at the stunning Kayon Resort. Voted by Trip Advisor as their most romantic getaway for 2018, the beauty of the jungle along with the warms spas certainly won’t disappoint. 

Bali really is a slice of paradise. Another perk of being newly weds is many resorts and destinations offer fantastic discounts and complimentary extras. 

Its worth noting that Bali’s rainy season is usually between January to March and October to December – so probably not the most ideal for those planning a Christmas Wedding. 

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