A Bride’s Guide to Men’s Wedding Bands

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He spent some time and effort pick­ing out the per­fect ring for you, now it’s time to return the favor. But where to start? It’s rare that a man will grow up dream­ing of the per­fect ring and now he prob­a­bly has even less of a clue than you.

Some­thing to keep in mind when decid­ing what kind of ring to get is your groom’s style and way of life. If he’s a flashy per­son, maybe con­sid­er some­thing with a lit­tle bit of orna­men­ta­tion. How­ev­er, if your groom works with his hands or rock climbs in his spare time, you may want to go for dura­bil­i­ty.

Oth­er than your groom’s per­son­al style, here are oth­er fac­tors that go into a men’s wed­ding band:

bride and groom in black tuxedo

Metal

You prob­a­bly know your met­als pret­ty well, but just in case, the most pop­u­lar met­als used for men’s wed­ding bands are gold, sil­ver, plat­inum, cobalt, tita­ni­um, or pal­la­di­um. Here’s a break­down of those met­als (list­ed in order of aver­age cost):

Plat­inum

  • Most expen­sive of all the options
  • Strong

Gold

  • Sec­ond high­est cost of the six
  • Aver­age karats for gold wed­ding bands is 14 to 18 karats
  • Needs to be buffed or pol­ished peri­od­i­cal­ly

Pal­la­di­um

  • A great plat­inum alternative—similar look, but low­er price tag
  • Does not tar­nish or scratch eas­i­ly

Tung­sten

  • Mid-range cost
  • Sim­i­lar to Plat­inum and Pal­la­di­um, but not as durable
  • Good for inlays and col­or accents or oth­er per­son­al­iza­tions

Tita­ni­um

  • Mid-range cost
  • Can be found in a black hue
  • Durable and good for inlays or etch­ings

Sil­ver

  • Low cost
  • Scratch­es eas­i­ly
closeup of groom in black tuxedo and black wedding ring

Width

Usu­al­ly men’s wed­ding bands are between 4 and 10 mm, with the aver­age size being 6 to 8 mm. As a rule of thumb, men with larg­er fin­gers usu­al­ly like larg­er rings. For those who don’t auto­mat­i­cal­ly think in met­ric units, 8 mm is .31 inch­es, or the width of four nick­els stacked togeth­er.

Finish

There are a lot of dif­fer­ent fin­ish­es for wed­ding bands. Choos­ing a fin­ish that you love is also a great way to show off a band with­out stones or etch­ings. Pop­u­lar fin­ish­es are:

  • High Polish/Shiny
  • Satin
  • Wire Mat­te
  • Sand­blast
  • Brush
  • Ham­mered

If you don’t want a sim­ple band, but also don’t want any orna­men­ta­tion either, a great way to go is a stripe in the mid­dle with a dif­fer­ent fin­ish.

bride and groom in gray suit dancing

Style

Oth­er than fin­ish, there are sev­er­al oth­er fac­tors in the over­all style of the ring, the pro­file and the design itself.

Rings can be made with dif­fer­ent pro­files and if your groom is some­one you think will take a lot of con­vinc­ing to wear jew­el­ry no mat­ter how impor­tant, then you may want to go with a smoother pro­file, so the ring is less notice­able when he wears it. Ask your jew­el­er what they sug­gest, but gen­er­al­ly this mean curved and round­ed edges.

A plain band is a clas­sic choice, but if you want to go with some­thing more spe­cial, there is a lot of room for per­son­al­iza­tions. Inlays are a pop­u­lar option, with a band of a dif­fer­ent col­or or mate­r­i­al (like wood) in the cen­ter of the ring. Etch­ings and engrav­ings are also pop­u­lar. Here you can do a pat­tern, or spe­cial mes­sage, or even a pic­ture of sort (like moun­tains or trees, for a rus­tic look).

If you want to add stones, like dia­monds, to the band, the most pop­u­lar ways of doing this are with one ring of stones around the cen­ter, two rings of stones around the edges, and one or more stones laid into the top.

Your jew­el­er will have plen­ty of options for you to browse, but it’s always good to go in with an idea of what you are look­ing for. If you real­ly hit a block­ade, ask­ing your groom’s opin­ion or tak­ing him with you to the store is okay, too. No mat­ter what, it’s going to be spe­cial.

There are so many small details that go into cre­at­ing your dream wed­ding, but that does­n’t mean you should have to stress. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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