Unless you’ve arranged otherwise, most wedding ceremonies involve the exchange of rings to symbolise the union you have undertaken. As there are no legal obligations to wear a ring, some people choose to exchange rings at the ceremony, but not wear them everyday.
Wedding rings are one of the hidden costs of a wedding. Many couples get so caught up in the organisation of the day, that they forget to budget in the cost of the rings. It is usually best to select, order and pay for your rings quite early so that you’ve completed one aspect of your organisation.
Some couples choose matching wedding bands, but there is no tradition that says this is essential. Bands may be ornate or plain, and can be chosen in a variety of materials such as yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum, and silver.
When selecting a ring, the bride-to-be should be aware that if she is wearing an engagement ring, the wedding ring will need to compliment it, so it is a good idea to choose both at the same time.
At the wedding ceremony, the ring is usually held by the best man until required for the service, or tied to a pillow held by a ring bearer (usually a young boy). The bride should remove her engagement ring for the ceremony (maybe wear it on the ring finger of her other hand), so that the wedding ring may be slipped onto her left ring finger by the groom. Once the ceremony is over, the engagement ring may be put back on without removing the wedding ring. The idea is that the wedding ring is closest to her heart.