Men's Wedding Band Guide
Whether you want a lavish celebration or an intimate gathering, planning a wedding inevitably comes with a long to-do list. One of the most important items on that list is choosing wedding bands. Not only will they play a big role in the ceremony, but your wedding bands will also serve as a reminder of your commitment to each other as you build your lives together.
Wondering how to go about choosing your wedding ring? We’re here to guide you through your options and help you choose a wedding ring that you’ll cherish for many years to come.
How to Choose a Wedding Ring for a Man
There’s only one hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing a wedding ring for a man: make sure you pick a ring he’ll love. Beyond that, there are a few things you might want to consider as you browse.
Do you want matching bands?
Some couples choose to purchase the wedding band for both partners at the same time to ensure they go together as a cohesive set. Others prefer to choose a wedding band that matches their personal style and not worry if they match each other.
Do you work with your hands?
If you have a hands-on job or hobbies, choosing a more durable metal for your wedding band will ensure it isn’t damaged easily.
Consider going custom
Your wedding band is one-of-a-kind in its meaning hold, so don’t feel like you have to settle for something that doesn’t feel like you. You’ll be wearing it for years to come, so look at a custom wedding band as an investment.
Men's Wedding Band Styles
Jewellery trends will always ebb and flow but a wedding band that makes sense for your lifestyle, budget and personal preferences will never go out of style. If you’re in the research stage of your search for a men’s wedding band, here are the main features you’ll want to factor in as you browse.
Start your search by identifying a price range you’re comfortable with. While a wedding band is generally a “buy-it-for-life” type of purchase, don’t stress too much if your budget is on the lower end—you can always upgrade your ring later. For now, having a realistic budget will help narrow down your options and ensure you aren’t looking at rings you can’t afford.
Type of Band
Deciding on a men’s wedding band may seem like a no-brainer, but there are actually a few different band styles to choose from. The most common include:
- Classic/Plain: Timeless and traditional, a classic style is a plain band with no stones, carvings or other details.
- Embellished: Instead of the classic smooth, curved edge, an embellishedband may feature a bevelled design with milgrain or other detail along the edges. The extra detailing makes the style a little more unique.
- Diamond/Gemstone: Add a little flash and sparkle with diamonds or gemstones. A thin row of small stones or a single stone are both popular choices.
When it comes to men’s wedding bands, the metal is what will make the most difference in the look of the ring. Consider your lifestyle, style preference and budget as you consider your metal options.
- Gold: Since gold is a softer metal, most gold wedding bands are actually a gold alloy made up of gold mixed with other metals to increase durability. Yellow gold is a classic choice while white gold looks similar to platinum and rose gold is a trendy, unique look.
- Tungsten: Durable and scratch-resistant, tungsten is growing in popularity as an alternative metal for men’s wedding bands. Available in white, grey and black, tungsten is for the groom who is leaning toward a more modern style. It is also hypoallergenic and more affordable than gold and platinum.
- Sterling Silver: Not only is sterling silver very affordable but it’s also hypoallergenic. While it’s a little more prone to scratches than other metals, it can be easily repaired and resized making it a smart choice for either a temporary ring or for a groom that doesn’t intend to wear it often.
- Titanium: Strong and durable yet lightweight, a titanium wedding band is designed to stand the test of time. While it isn’t as easy to resize as other metals, it is an affordable choice.
- Platinum: The most expensive of all the metal options, platinum is also hypoallergenic and extremely durable.
- Stainless Steel: Durable and affordable, a stainless-steel wedding band is a low-maintenance choice.
The finish of a ring refers to the treatment of the outer surface of the metal band. Some finishes work better with certain metals but ultimately, the best finish comes down to personal preference.
- Polished: Metal surface is buffed into a reflective shine. Will pick up knicks and scratches over time and develop a worn patina that has a vintage vibe.
- Satin: Smooth to the touch, a satin finish is not reflective like polished. Perfect for anyone who wants smoothness without shininess.
- Matte: A sandblasted matte finish is smooth and even and can be applied on top of carved or textured surfaces. It will require touch-ups to maintain the matte finish.
- Brushed: Adds a directional pattern to the surface of the ring. Will require touching up over time. Popular with tungsten rings.
- Combination: Polished and matte sections are combined to create a unique ring with varying textures and finishes.
- Hammered: Offers a rustic, dimpled look that varies from piece to piece. Perfect for disguising the knicks and scratches that happen over time.
If you’re wearing your wedding band every day, it goes without saying that you want it to be comfortable. Everyone will have their own preferences, but the general rule is that the ring should slide over your knuckle with a little bit of resistance and fit snugly on your finger. You don’t want to struggle to get the ring on and off, but you also don’t want it so loose that it will easily fall off. There are two styles that you may have to choose between that will affect the fit of your ring. While they are technically the same size, they are measured differently.
- Standard fit:Flat interior that typically fits flush against your skin. To size, the circumference of your finger is taken and matched to the right size on a chart.
- Comfort fit:Curved inside edge that allows the ring to slip on and off your finger more easily. Measurements are taken from the centerline of the ring where it will be tightest against the skin. Typically, the edge of a comfort fit ring will measure slightly larger than the center line.
The best way to figure out your ideal size is to simply measure your finger and try on different sizes to see which one feels best. Our ring sizing guide can help.
Taking Care of Your Wedding Band
A wedding band is one of those jewellery pieces that is inevitably going to go through a bit of wear and tear. Make sure you understand the care the type of metal you chose requires.
From finish and polish touch-ups to proper storage when you’re not wearing it, most rings require a little bit of attention periodically. Learn more about jewellery care how to keep your wedding band in good shape.
Ready to find the wedding band of your dreams? Peoples has wedding bands for men in a variety of different styles.