Today we have a great guest post all about finding wedding rings for plus size brides, specially rings for brides with larger fingers that will fit comfortably. And that are still within budget.
When shopping for a wedding ring, you are looking for something that takes your breath away, that represents your style and your love for your future spouse, and that looks great on your hands. Of course, you also want it to be affordable, because weddings are expensive! This can be a daunting task for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for the plus size bride (and groom), since some stores don’t stock the largest ring sizes. When thinking about this considering how much can you afford for your wedding is always important because of the lower availability of those rings could increase their cost. It can be a huge bummer to find the ring you think you want, only to realize that it can’t come in your size, or worse- it’s hopelessly out of your budget. Karen from Hiresquare lays out a plan to help you find the perfect ring at the perfect price.
Find out your correct size
Before you can start looking for the right ring, you need to know what size you are looking for. There is no point in browsing through hundreds of pages on a website looking at styles that can’t be ordered in your size. And a ring that is too small will be uncomfortable and make your hands look very unattractive. So try a printable paper ring sizer, get a cheap plastic ring sizer (offered by many online stores for free), or go in to one of the stores in the mall to have your ring size checked. Make sure to write it down so that you don’t forget in the rush of other wedding preparations! And even if you do know your own ring size, it may be wise to share it with your man-to-be, as he probably doesn’t have a clue. Also, be aware that if you live in warmer areas, your fingers may swell a little. Better to get a ring that is slightly too large, then one that is slightly too small. A ring can always easily be made smaller, but it is a lot harder to make them bigger.
Decide on a style to narrow it down
Before you worry about prices, really think about what you want the ring to look like. Do you want the ring to be silver, gold, or rose gold colored? Would you like something intricate and fancy, or something more simple and classic? One big diamond, or diamond studded, or no diamond at all? How do you feel about colored stones like sapphire, black diamonds, and emeralds? When deciding, try to consider that this is an item you will be wearing every day, so keep in mind the other types of jewelry you usually wear. What kinds of rings do you usually like on your hands? If you are somebody who doesn’t usually wear rings and you don’t know what style looks good on you, consider looking for styles with larger bands or more dramatic designs or diamonds- these tend to look best on larger hands.
Factors that affect the Price
Certain styles will generally be cheaper. One large diamond will almost always be more expensive than a set of smaller ones, so consider styles with a smaller diamond ringed by tiny diamonds or shiny glass beads or without diamonds at all. Certain stones may be cheaper or more expensive than diamonds. Cut and clarity will also affect the price- a stone with a tiny inclusion will cost less than a more pure one, but it will sparkle just as nicely and 99% of the people who look at your ring will never notice the tiny impurity. Consider manufactured stones, made in a lab, which may be cheaper than mined stones but have the same properties. Also, you can reduce the cost of the band by getting a ring that is 10 karat gold instead of 14 karat or 18 karat or platinum, which will be both more expensive and more susceptible to scratches anyway. Sterling silver is another affordable option. If you already have gold necklaces or rings that you aren’t using anymore, considering handing these in to be molten down. The molten metal can than be used for your new shiny wedding rings.
Get started on shopping
After you know your size and have a rough idea of the style you are looking for it is time to go shopping! Keeping your budget in mind, there are several excellent places to start your search. Here are some of the best options for plus size rings if you are shopping online:
Specialty stores: MyTrioRings.com
This site has a wide selection of affordable rings, and they come in sizes up to 13 for women and 16 for men. They will even send you a plastic ring sizer in the mail to make sure you get the right fit. You can search by style, diamond cut and clarity, and gold purity.
Big Online stores: Overstock.com, Amazon.com etc
Big stores like this often can offer great prices, especially during a sale. You can search exclusively for your ring size and desired metal, and returns are simple if you change your mind.
If you are interested in something less traditional, try the handmade section. Although you have to check the sizing, it is possible to find a unique handmade ring or find someone to design a ring specifically for you.
About the author: Karen is a lifestyle blogger that writes both privately and professionally. In her day to day job, she is content manager for one of Australia’s largest online rental marketplaces, Hiresquare and currently is a bride to be.