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Now that you have set the date and begun more detailed wedding planning, you'll want to get moving on purchasing wedding bands. This is something the two of you should do together, as you'll both be getting rings. If you're not sure where to start, take a look at these helpful tips:

Shop early
Start looking for your wedding bands at least two months before the wedding. If you're buying online or creating a custom design, you should start a little sooner just to be sure everything arrives on time. This allows you to take your time and learn what it is you like in a wedding band. You don't want to jump on the first ring you find because the clock is ticking. This is a piece of jewelry you'll have the rest of your life, so it's important that you love it.

Set a budget
You and your fiance should sit down and talk about how much you can afford to spend on wedding bands. The money for these can come out of your wedding budget - just be sure you include these rings when you first start the planning process. Once you've decided on a budget, know what you can and cannot afford. Plain gold bands will be the least expensive, while and diamond-studded pieces will cost the most. If you're hoping to save money on bands, don't bother looking at the diamond pieces. Falling in love with something you cannot have will put a damper on the process. However, if there is flexibility in your budget because you saved on other items, such as affordable invitations, then you can pour a little more into the rings. 

Be practical
The lifestyle you lead should help to inform your ring buying decision. If you and your fiance are very active and frequently use your hands, a large flashy piece probably isn't the ring for you. Instead, choose a sleek band made of a heavy-duty metal such as titanium. Keep your allergies in mind as well. Some people have reactions to certain metals. If that's you, be sure you choose a ring that won't irritate your skin.

Size matters
Plan on sizing the ring way ahead of your wedding date. If the rings come in and don't fit, you'll want to have enough time to sent them back to the jeweler to be resized. The longer you wait, the more likely you'll lose it. For example, you may be tempted to remove an ill-fitting ring because it's uncomfortable. However, taking it off and setting it down increases your changes of misplacing it.