Let's face it. You probably don't have all the nuances of ring sizes, styles and materials in your mental rolodex, and when it comes to your wedding band, the pressure goes way up. You can't ditch your wedding band if you get tired of it in a few years. This ring will be in your wedding photos, and people (read: your bride-to-be) will expect to see it on your finger. Every day. For. The. Rest. Of. Your. Life.
Don't worry - we've got your back. Here is everything you need to know about choosing your wedding band:
What to Consider When Making Your Choice
Before you commit, consider these key questions:
- Do you have a particular preference for a certain metal or material? More important - do you have any allergies that could influence your choice?
- Do you want to make a statement, or do you prefer a traditional design?
- What color do you want to see on your left hand every day?
- How much do you want to spend?
Finally - and this should go without saying - get some input from your fiancée. Remember, she will be looking at your wedding band every day, too.
Today's wedding bands go far beyond basic gold and silver. That's a good thing. New options are durable, lightweight and less expensive than their traditional counterparts. Start by making a decision on your ring's basic material:
If you prefer silver over gold, but you want to keep costs down, consider tungsten carbide. It looks and feels just like its silver and platinum peers, with a few bonus benefits: lower price-tag, hypoallergenic and very hard to scratch. The downside is that it can't be resized, but that's not the end of the world. Lower prices mean you can afford to buy a larger or smaller twin.
This metal is getting more and more popular because it has all the features of tungsten carbide, plus a few extras. Titanium is far lighter, and it doesn't conduct heat and cold, making it an excellent choice for certain hobbies and professions. You know who you are.
This is the go-to metal for most guys who want a lightweight, durable maintenance-free ring. An important caveat, though - stainless steel often contains nickel, so stay away if you have an allergy.
Cobalt looks a little fancier than the others on this list without raising the price tag excessively, and it can be cut and resized. Cobalt rings may contain nickel, so beware if this is a problem for you.
Ceramic bands are super-durable, lightweight and free of metal, making them hypoallergenic. You can also get more creative with color and styling. These rings look great for years and years, but be aware that they cannot be resized.
The primary thing to keep in mind if you want to add wood or wood accents to your ring is that you cannot let these guys soak. Washing your hands with your ring on is ok, but you don't want to wear it in the shower day-in and day-out.
How Much Is Too Much?
Actually, guys don't usually worry about spending too much on their wedding bands. A lot of men have never purchased jewelry for themselves, and they are completely comfortable with a lower-priced option. If this describes you, you're in luck. For men, quality rings can range from $100 - $2,000, and there are lots of choices that look great at a budget-friendly price. If you want to keep expenses low, check out tungsten carbide, ceramic, titanium and cobalt.
Now you are ready to peruse our catalog, fully armed with the information you need to make the right decision. The best part? You can exchange or return within 30 days, so if the fit isn't perfect, we'll make it right.
Still have questions on how different metals will hold up? Check out our Manly Metals Comparison Guide for more details on how each metal compares to the rest.