While many women are happy to spend hours gazing at wedding rings and learning everything about cut and style, men don’t often get as excited. For many, mens wedding bands could be the only piece of jewelry they ever wear, so it needs to fit their style, be comfortable, and not obstruct his daily life. Here are a few tips to consider when looking for the perfect mens wedding bands:
1. Consider His Personality
The first thing you have to take into consideration when purchasing mens wedding bands is his personality. Is he more laid back? A high fashion guy? Is he going to want something classic or a little bolder? The two of you should brainstorm some ideas so you can find what suits him best.
2. Consider His Lifestyle
You’re not going to want to buy a ring that won’t fit his lifestyle. If he works with his hands a lot, you’ll want to look into something durable, something that he won’t have to constantly remove every time he goes to work. Also, think about his hobbies. Is he into heavy lifting or working with power tools? Does he play any sports that might potentially damage his ring? Comfort should be an important factor.
3. Narrow Down Your Choices
There are so many different types of rings out there and a number of styles. Pro tip: Choosing the metal first is a good place to start. The most popular metals these days are gold, titanium, platinum, tungsten, and silver. Once you’ve decided on that, it becomes easier to choose a style. Do you want something matte or polished? Do you want a ring that’s wide or narrow? Are you going to want to include any embellishments? These are all important questions to ask. This metal guide is a good place to start.
4. To Match or Not to Match
Since your wedding bands represent your commitment to each other, you might consider matching his band to yours with a similar engraving or matching metals. You could even buy your wedding bands at the same place to ensure their resemblance. While not a requirement, matching wedding bands is a fun way to show your promise to each other.
Check out our Groom’s Guide to Men’s Wedding Rings to help you find the perfect one!
5. Set a Budget
Budgeting is key for everything having to do with a wedding, including the rings. Shop with the
assumption that you’ll spend about 3% of your wedding budget on both of your rings. Consider how much more engravings or other embellishments will add to the cost of the metal. Don’t go in blind or easily swayed. Once you’ve set a budget, stick to it.
6. Go Together
Whether you helped your man pick out your engagement ring or he surprised you, it’s always fun to shop for wedding bands together. You’re going to (hopefully) be wearing these wedding bands for a long time, so look for something that compliments both your personalities and your relationship.
7. Check Out Different Vendors
Just like buying a car, it helps to try out a few rings at different places. Engraving costs might skew higher or lower depending on where you go and different vendors could have special prices for certain metals. Don’t settle for a mediocre ring that costs a ton when just around the corner, there could be the perfect ring for you at a much lower price.
8. Consider maintenance
To keep a wedding band with embellishments clean you’ll need to wash and soak it in warm water, gently brush it with a soft toothbrush, rinse it and then pat it dry with a lint-free cloth. Sound too high maintenance? Then you might want to opt for something that your man can simply polish with a soft cloth when the need arises.
9. Professional Sizing
Would you wear something that didn’t fit right or made you uncomfortable? Well neither will your husband. Before you take your wedding bands home with you, get them professionally sized. It might cost a little bit more, but when it comes to a piece of jewelry you’ll both wear forever, you’ll
want to make sure it fits like a glove.
10. Think Long Term
Finally, make sure you’re choosing something that will last. Don’t pick a ring just because it’s the latest fashion or because it reminds you of your favorite TV show. Choose a ring that he can picture wearing for the rest of his life. Because, after all, from here on out, the rest of his life will always include you.
And remember, don’t forget to get both of your wedding bands insured! (And of course your engagement ring).