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Deciding on a Bridal Set: Do You Want to Mix or Match?

Written by: Sue Fritz | | Jewelry

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There is a lot to consider when you start your quest for the perfect engagement ring. You could be bombarded by terms and feel like you’re on a steep learning curve about diamonds. Before you go even deeper in your search and run in to terms like bridal or wedding set, let us break down the differences and what you need to know so you can make the best choice.

First let’s learn the terms:

  • Bridal set: This consists of an engagement ring and a matching wedding band for the bride.
  • Wedding set: This set includes the engagement ring and matching band for the bride as well as a matching wedding band for the groom.
  • Engagement ring: This is only the diamond ring used for the proposal and not a set.

Stand-Alone vs. Set

There are benefits to either, and whatever you choose should match your own personal style and taste. This decision might be easier if you discuss it with your soon-to-be fiancée before you begin shopping. She may have an idea if she would prefer a set or something that she can match up herself following the proposal.

Pros of Buying a Bridal Set:

  • It is simple and convenient to buy the set together and eliminate any difficulty in finding a matching band down the road.
  • Bridal sets take out the guess work as they are meant to be paired and complement each other.
  • You might get a better value if you buy them as a pair instead of two separate rings.

Pros of Buying Separate:

  • If the groom picks out the engagement ring only, it allows the bride to choose her wedding band to match it.
  • Some brides choose to wear the engagement ring as a stand-alone ring even after the wedding so they don’t need a band at all.
  • Buying them separate allows a couple to get creative with the set if they want to incorporate their own unique style.

How to Mix and Match

Most jewelry stores are ready to make your decision easy with a beautiful bridal set ready for you. But, if that is not the route you want to take it’s possible to create your own masterpiece with just a bit of savvy. Here are a handful of mistakes to avoid in order to end up with your own unique duo:

  1. Make sure the shapes match so there isn’t an awkward fit when they are paired.
  2. The rings should not rub together as the friction can cause damage to both metals and gemstones.
  3. Do not choose incompatible metals. For example, even though platinum and white gold look similar they are not equally durable and the stronger metal could damage the other.
  4. Do not pick disproportionate sizes. If your engagement ring has a small gemstone, make sure the wedding band isn’t so that large that it overpowers it and makes it look smaller.
  5. Make sure you choose a similar style: for example, a vintage-inspired band is perfect for a vintage engagement ring. This holds true for a classic solitaire as it pairs perfect with a classic band.
  6. Keep in mind that a unique or bold engagement ring could look best with a simple band.

Stay Open-minded to the Process

Regardless of what fits your life, budget, and style, just keep an open mind when shopping. You may only want to shop for the items you have on your inspiration board, but in real life you might end up loving something you didn’t expect. Once you have made your decision and a proposal is in the works, don’t forget to contact Lavalier for your personalized jewelry insurance quote. This once-in-a-lifetime purchase needs to be protected so you both have peace of mind as you start your life together.


  1. Should I Consider an Engagement Ring with a Matching Band? (Accessed June 23 2020).
  2. Bridal Sets Buying Guide. (Accessed June 23 2020).

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