Groom's Wedding Bands

Shopping for the Groom's Wedding Band

Key Considerations When Picking Out His Wedding Band

Finding the right wedding band is a chance for couples to collaborate during the wedding planning process and also begin to think about what the future has in store. Although the engagement ring gets a lot of deserved focus, picking out a groom’s wedding band is an exciting step during the wedding planning process and is a special way to celebrate him.

Groom's Wedding Bands


The tradition around men’s wedding rings goes back to WW2 when soldiers started wearing gold wedding bands to remind them of who they were fighting for and what was waiting for them back home. Back then the standard width was around 4.5mm but later in the 20th century, American men gravitated towards the 6mm width. While the traditional style is still popular, men today have the option of awesome alternatives that best suit their personal taste and lifestyle.

Who buys the ring?

Often, the partner buys the groom’s wedding band to reciprocate after receiving an engagement ring. Some partners even go an extra step and plan a thoughtful surprise to gift his ring to create a moment around seeing him try on the ring for the first time. That being said, it’s also very common for guys to know what style and size ring they have in mind and then pick it out themselves.

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Should the men's wedding band match their partner’s engagement ring?

On the day of the wedding, it can be a really nice aesthetic for couples to have the same material or colored rings as it symbolizes their shared union. However, after the big day, it becomes less important. Commonly couples will end up selecting a wedding band for their groom that best compliments his style and complexion.

What are the most popular styles and materials?

Men’s wedding bands are no longer one style fits all and the decision really depends on a groom's personal style and preference. Yellow gold will always be the iconic, heritage look, whereas white gold is a much more modern, trendy option. Platinum is the current top-of-the-line option, and tungsten is a newer offering that's often more affordable. While 24K refers to 100% gold, it's much too soft for men's wedding bands, therefore metal alloys are fused with recycled gold to create jewelry that will last. Here are some examples that may work for you:

  • 18K Gold (75%): Recommended for those not doing consistent manual labor 
  • 14K Gold (58%): Our most popular option
  • 10K Gold (41%): The most durable gold option, a great alternative to Tungsten
  • Platinum: A durable and hypoallergenic precious metal, serving as a firmer alternative to 18K white gold
  • Tungsten: An affordable alternative metal that can incorporate materials like wood and carbon fiber as well as new colors like black
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When should the ring be taken off?

If you're purchasing an 18K gold wedding band and want to play it safe, consider taking the ring off when doing manual labor like home improvement or going to the dym. Platinum, 14K, and 10K are more than durable enough for normal everyday wear.

What's the average cost?

Depending on the type of metal you choose, the price of a men's wedding band can vary. There really are phenomenal options at every price point. At RING BEAR, the average for a tungsten band is $200-300, gold is $350-1,000 depending on the karat, and platinum can be found at $700-$1,200.

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Picking out a groom’s wedding band is an important purchase as couples plan for their wedding day and beyond. Take the time to make the process about him. It’s never too early to start shopping, but in reality, three to six months before the big day allows for plenty of time to learn his size and preferences. Whether he's after a traditional look or something as unique as your relationship, there’s a men’s wedding band option out there perfect for every groom!


 

Photos courtesy of RING BEAR

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