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Once you're ready to start shopping for your wedding bands, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, start early. You probably have an idea what type of band would look best with your engagement ring, but you will most likely find other styles that you love while shopping. Give yourself a couple of months to narrow down your choices and make your decision. (This is also helpful if you decide to go the custom route, since you might have to wait longer for the wedding band to be ready.) You should also determine your wedding jewelry budget before you start looking. Most people end up spending about three percent of their budget on wedding rings. Also, when starting your search for the perfect wedding jewelry, take your lifestyle into consideration. If you or your fiance have an active job where you use your hands a lot, you probably won't want a band with a lot of three-dimensional details that can snag or get caught easily. If you're worried a simple wedding ring will lack luster, don't forget that you have a lot of options for customization. Consider incorporating colored stones, textured metal, or even having your bands engraved with a meaningful message, scripture, or song lyric (as long as it fits on the band!). Finally, make sure you have your wedding rings insured. The last thing you want to worry about after finding the perfect wedding band is something happening to it, and wedding ring insurance will give you peace of mind.
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