Purchasing wedding rings is a big decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. After all, this is a symbol of your ever-lasting love, devotion and affection toward your spouse. With such a powerful meaning, it’s important for soon-to-be newlyweds to choose the right rings. If you’re still scratching your head trying to find the perfect wedding rings, keep reading for some shopping tips. We’ll walk you through some of the do’s and don’ts of purchasing a wedding ring.

Don’t: Choose a poor metal

One of the most common mistakes couples make when shopping for wedding rings is choosing a low-quality metal. It’s a common assumption that authentic gold is a good choice for wedding rings, but this isn’t always true. Although it’s considered a “precious metal,” gold is rather weak and susceptible to scratches, dents and other damage. A better option is to choose tungsten carbide, which is exceptionally stronger than gold.

Don’t: Guess your spouses style

Another all-too-common ring-buying mistake is trying to guess your spouse’s style. Wedding ring styles aren’t something you should attempt to blindly guess. To ensure your spouse fully enjoys their new ring, you need to perform a little investigative work beforehand. Snoop around their jewelry collection to see what kind of styles they prefer. Using this information, you can make a more education decision on purchasing the right style for them. Of course, you can always ask them to choose their own ring, but this takes away some of the fun.

Do: Know your size

Whether you’re shopping for your spouse’s ring or your own, you want to choose the right size. Most professional jewelers will gladly size your ring finger in store using a small paper or cardboard band. Because our fingers change size and shape over time, it’s recommended that you wait to purchase your wedding rings until eight months or less before the wedding.

In the event that your wedding ring no longer fits, don’t panic. Depending on the particular type of metal it’s made of, a jeweler can typically resize it. There are several different techniques used for resizing, some of which involve the heating and removal of a small band.

Do: Match the bride’s engagement ring and wedding band

Lastly, choose a wedding band (bride’s) that matches the engagement ring. I know this is common sense to most people, but you would be surprised at the number of mis-matching rings and bands out there.