Wedding is an important epoch in the lives of those who aspire or dream to get married (let’s be honest not everyone wishes to get married for whatever reason). Looking beyond that, for those of us who cannot wait for that day, several factors come to play before this dream becomes actualized. From the courtship stage, engagement, and the culmination of events and planning leading to the D-DAY, a wedding definitely has a complicated logistics there is no denying that.

From the moment she says, “Yes” the journey of a complicated and stress logistics begins. To avoid such a herculean task, couples employ a wedding planner. A wedding planner is in charge of design, planning and management of a client's wedding. However, there are certain aspect of a wedding’s logistics a wedding planner cannot handle or manage. One of them is choosing a wedding ring.

Selecting a wedding ring is difficult task. The groom has to consider several factors like financial capability, your preference and the bride’s preference. This article hopes to point you in the right direction. Here are ten steps to consider selecting a perfect wedding ring:

10. HAVE A RING PREFERENCE IN MIND
The first factor to consider when buying a wedding ring is your ring preference. By ring preference, I mean are you a diamond, gold or gemstone type. Determining your preference might be a little overpowering, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can start with style: Are you envisioning a simple band or one with embellishments? Do you wish for your wedding ring to have the same pattern of design as your engagement ring? Figure out these questions beforehand you step into a jewelry store, so you can be focused while shopping.

9. START THE HUNTING EARLY
There is no magic involved to picking a perfect wedding ring. One thing you can do is to start your search early. Since you have a preference in mind, you can start visiting stores and try them on. Browse jewelry stores, research pieces and so on. If you prefer a custom wedding ring, you would have to think of the style of engraving.so, remember the earlier the better.

8. A COMBO IS ALLOWED
If you like gold and gemstone or your partner likes diamond and gold, then you can have it. There is no rule against having a ring that is mixture of two styles. As long as it shows your love and commitment to one another. Just make sure it reflects the styles.

7. SET A BUDGET
This is the interesting part. As the groom, you should be prepared to spend at least 7% of your budget on the wedding ring. Depending on the seller, a 14k white gold oval cut yellow diamond ring costs $20,000. If you intend to keep things small, you can go for a 2.24ct 18k yellow gold certified radiant cut natural fancy yellow diamond ring which costs about $9,750.00 depending on the retailer. If you wish to add style and finesse to the ring, you can embellish it with a diamond or an engraving which adds to your costs. Remember, the cost of engraving depends on factors like the number of based on the number of characters, the font used and whether it is engraved by hand or machine.

6. LET IT MIRROR YOUR TASTE AND LIFESTYLE
From the moment the knot is tied, the ring becomes an extension of you. So, it becomes paramount that when choosing the ring you make sure you consider your life style and taste. For instance, If you like contact sport, a slimmer ring with rounded edges is the most appropriate choice. If you work with your hands, the better option is a simple, solid metal ring and avoids diamonds that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt. If you're super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable and easily be replaced if the metal becomes damaged.

5. BE INNOVATIVE
You may have planned to buy gold ring or a platinum ring; however, there is nothing stopping you from being spontaneous. Immediately you get to the store, try on rings that you did not set out to buy or even look at. You never know, you might end up fallen in love with it. You can also interact with the jeweler, then let him or her make suggestions based on what you like and do not rule anything out.

4. CONSIDER THE FUTURE
We all want our wedding to show our sense of fashion and how in vogue we are. It becomes necessary we pick a style we think or know we will be comfortable with in the next 40 years. But we should not let it center stage in our decision making. Remember, you are not married to the ring and can always make changes to it (add diamonds or go from white gold to platinum) later on to mark a special anniversary.

3. THE MAINTENANCE
Buying a wedding ring is one thing, keeping it radiant and sparkling is another. To keep a wedding ring with stones clean and sparkling, you will need to wash and soak it in warm water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush (too much pressure can loosen the stones from their setting), rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. A wedding maintenance is akin to relationship with your wife or husband, if cannot maintain the beauty of a wedding, how can you keep a smile on his face or her face? Maintenance is key.

2. SIZE IS IMPORTANT
People rarely take off their wedding rings; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise. Simply put, they wear their rings 24/7. During this time, your fingers swell due to several factors like heat, cold and water retention. This causes the ring to become under sized for our fingers. To find the right size that will best conquer these changes, make a ring fitting appointment at a time when you are calm and your body temperature is normal. Taking the fitting appointment when your body is relaxed will allow for an accurate measurement of your ring size.

1. QUALITY MATTERS
Quality control applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer's trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example (this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is). If it is EGL OR GIA certified, the better.

An wedding ring signifies the bond and the link between a man and a wife. So, whatever we do, let’s make sure we mark the perfect choice buying a ring that speaks to our heart and mind. The ring must be befitting beautiful, dazzling, radiant and “swaggish”