Six Things to Consider Before Exchanging Family Wedding Bands on Your Big Day
When there's a wedding band that's been passed down through either of your families, it makes the ring exchange during your ceremony even more special. Such a special piece deserves special attention: Whether the band is an heirloom that's been in the family for decades or has a much more recent time affiliation, you want to treat it right.
Decide if you really love it.
You may appreciate that the ring has a special family attachment but that doesn't mean you want to wear it every day for the rest of your life. Before you make a final decision, give it a chance and appreciate its beauty, even if it's not the diamond-encrusted platinum band you were hoping for. If, after careful consideration, you realize it's just not for you, discuss alternative options with your partner.
Consider restyling it a bit.
That's the best of both worlds: You get to wear a ring that has some contemporary touches but still retains its original look. Before making any changes to the ring, make sure the family is on-board.
Get it resized.
If it feels too big or too small, it needs to be resized so your finger will be comfortable. Even if the ring doesn't need resizing, you'll want to take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning, so it looks its best as it starts a new journey with you.
Have it appraised.
You'll need to find out the ring's value by having it evaluated by an appraiser; you'll need this info to get it insured.
Consider a family ring for the groom.
If you were very close to your grandfather who has passed away, giving his wedding band to your guy could be a lovely way to honor that close relationship.
Find out the ring's backstory.
It could be compelling and worth repeating to younger generations so its history isn't lost. Think of it as Ancestry.com for jewelry.
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