What’s the Difference: Wedding Set or Bridal Set?

On our special day, we want everything to be perfect, but we don’t always have time to schedule for every single little thing (especially if we don’t have anyone to help us plan and we can’t afford a wedding planner). As the clock ticks down, we begin to feel more and more overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to plan, choices and information we need to absorb: red or white roses? Mermaid cut or ballgown? What is even a “cushion cut”? Too much information for the already overwhelmed couple might end up with them not paying too much attention to the details and end up giving them an unsatisfactory wedding.

However, there’s no need to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information as long as we make an effort to absorb it and do research. In this article, we are going to help you make a great choice when it comes to the rings. For starters, if you haven’t gotten the family heirloom ring that has been passed down from mother to son for generations, you probably are wondering what to buy, and the first choice you’ve come across is whether to buy a wedding set or a bridal set. Well, the choice shouldn’t be difficult, as long as you know which one is which.

A bridal set comes with a matching engagement ring and a wedding band, of course, for the bride. A wedding set comes with an engagement ring and both matching wedding bands, one for the groom and one for the bride. Depending on your budget, preferences and how much effort you’d like to put in your rings, go for one or the other: a bridal set is of course cheaper, and good if the groom doesn’t want a wedding band, or has a particular fashion sense (or, on the other hand, the bride has a very particular fashion sense and it’s the groom who wants something more basic). A wedding set is great for those who have a bigger budget, don’t want to put too much effort into choosing the rings, or want something simple and matching when it comes to wedding bands.

After that, while wedding bands are relatively simple (most of them come in either gold or silver and with barely any adornments, which is quite boring), engagement rings pose a lot of different choices: diamonds or no diamonds? What should the main gemstone be, another diamond? What type of cut? Well, that is best left to the fashion style and preferences of the bride and groom, but if you still would like a little guidance, we can help.

For cuts, the traditional ones are princess and round. This is classy, toned down and looks good on anyone. However, there are also more modern styles like an oval wedding ring, marquise cut, teardrop cut… and even heart! This more modern styles will fit young, hip, cool brides with a particular fashion sense, but it’s more difficult to choose between them.

When it comes to gemstones, the most traditional and most well-liked one is the diamond, of course. However, it’s in style to combine different types of gemstone in the same engagement ring, or to ditch diamonds altogether for something more personal and sustainable. In that case, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires become an option, but also pearls, amethysts, aquamarine… and even colored gemstones for a cheaper alternative for those that have a really tight budget. Once again, the gemstone will be best chosen following the particular style of the bride and trying to compliment her skin tone, her hair and eye color, the shape of her hands, the length of her fingers… If you are having a hard time choosing the gemstone, ask a professional (or, when possible, the bride !)

So, all in all, even though there are enough choices when planning a wedding to scare you off the whole ordeal, as long as you keep a clear mind, do research and get help whenever possible, there’s no reason why your special day shouldn’t be as perfect as if it came straight out of a fairytale.No matter the styles of the couple, the budget, the amount of time and research put into planning the wedding, there’s always something that will make them happy !

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