Traditionally, when the topic of a wedding ring arises, the main priority is the bride’s ring. As a wedding planner who’s been in the business for almost a decade, though, Irene + Co Events is starting to see a pretty substantial shift in the ring conversation: let’s talk men’s wedding band.
Now, grooms are just as invested in finding their perfect-fit wedding rings, too.
And to me, that makes sense. You’re choosing to wear a piece of jewelry that’s symbolic of the love and commitment you have with your partner–but there’s no rule that says it can’t look like it was made for you.
With all the options out there, wedding band selection can start to feel overwhelming. And this might be specifically true for those who may have never chosen jewelry for themselves before.
The good news? This is a fun, exciting new adventure, and with a little help and guidance from me, you’ll be on your way to picking the perfect groom’s wedding band!
5 Ideas for Choosing the Right Men’s Wedding Band
Ring selection used to be fairly standard for men. You’d pick the material, you’d pick the fit, and you’d decide if you wanted any additional embellishments. Traditionally, there wasn’t a lot to choose from.
Nowadays, though, there are infinite possibilities out there and plenty of places to find the right ring. When I’m advising clients on their men’s wedding bands, these are usually the tips and inspo I point them toward.
Pick a Ring You’ll Actually Wear
This is always my first piece of advice! Your ring should be something that’s exciting to put on, something you want to wear often, and something you’re proud to put on your finger.
All the tips that come next are important, but to me, none are as important as this one: invest the time and energy into a ring that’s right for you so that you’ll be happy to wear it.
Consider Doubling the Men’s Wedding Band
Hear me out. It’s great to have a nicer, dressier wedding band that you can wear often. In fact, many men wear their fancier wedding bands every single day.
But if you’re someone who wants to be able to wear a ring while you do a variety of activities that go beyond the scope of your everyday routine (like at work, when you work out, when you go swimming, during outdoor activities, etc.), it could be beneficial to opt for two rings.
First, you could have your nicer, more formal ring. Secondly, you could find an affordable, durable silicon ring.
Wedding rings–as great as they are–can present a degree of risk or danger when dealing with tools, equipment, and other things (especially if they don’t fit properly). If you’re a man who always wants to wear his ring but doesn’t want to risk injury or damage to your nicer band, a second silicone ring might be a good choice for you.
Wood is a Unique Option
There’s nothing wrong with some of the more common wedding band materials out there. When you’re picking materials, consider options like:
- Cobalt Chrome
- Carbon Fiber
But if you’re looking for something a little different, though, wood has become a popular choice. Those seeking a natural, more boho style for their band usually opt for wood.
Check out options on Instagram or Etsy–there are plenty of talented wood ring makers out there with a lot of choices in their selection.
Go Custom with a Bespoke Shop
Do you want something totally unique for your wedding band? It can be done! If you want to customize your ring but don’t feel like you have the creative ability to craft it yourself, there are so many vendors out there who specialize in creating custom wedding bands that are one of a kind.
A local Utah company, Staghead Designs, offers this exact service, and the results are always stunning. It can take anywhere from 3-10 weeks, so make sure you’re putting your request in early. You can even create something that matches your soon-to-be spouse’s band.
Make it Yourself
Guess what? There’s no rule out there that says you have to hire someone to make your band or find it in a shop. Yep, you can actually make your band yourself–and there are people out there who can help guide you.
For example, you could book a date night at Salt City Smithery and have their talented team walk you through creating your own custom silver wedding band from scratch. Not only will the ring turn out exactly as you envisioned it, but you’ll have that double layer of meaning because you made it with your own two hands.
A Few Extra Ring Tips to Consider
So, you’ve selected the wedding band of your dreams? That’s great news. You’re nearly finished with the exciting process. Here are some can’t-forget, last-minute tips you need to know before you finalize your band.
Think About Fit, Comfort, Style, & Budget
Comfort is going to be the biggest factor in wearing your ring, so make sure you don’t skimp on this process.
Try to balance style and budget with fit and comfort so you’re checking every box. Here are some important terms to know while you consider your wedding band fit:
- Dome Band: This refers to the curving of the outside of the ring
- Flat Band: This refers to a flat angle on the outside of the ring
- Full Court: A full court has a round edge on the inside and the outside of the ring
- Flat Court: A flat court is rounded to a point and then seamlessly transitions to a flatter surface on the inside
Don’t Forget Insurance
Insurance is a must for this new and exciting piece of jewelry. If the ring is lost, stolen, or even breaks, you’ll want to ensure you’re covered so you can replace or fix your ring. This is, unfortunately, a factor that many people tend to overlook.
A Ring Box is a Must
A ring box is a great add-on for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s a great way to store your ring when you’re not wearing it. Second, it makes for great detail shots on your wedding day. And third, you’ll want your ring bearers to keep your ring in its ring box until it’s time to say your vows (that way, you can ensure it’s safe).
Think About a Ring Dish or Holder
For your everyday routine, be sure you invest in a ring holder or ring dish. This way, you’ll have a dedicated spot to put your ring when you get home, so you’ll always know where it is. There are even keychain options, like this one, that you can travel with.
Advice from a Wedding Planner–Choose the Ring You Love
After nearly a decade as a wedding planner, I’ve had time and experience to formulate my bottom-line opinion on men’s wedding bands–pick the ring that makes you happy.
If you’re looking for more men’s wedding band advice or simply want to chat about your upcoming wedding, I’m always here to answer your call.