Today, of course, the bride is not the only one to receive a wedding ring on the big day. In most modern wedding ceremonies the exchange of rings sees a wedding band slipped on the groom’s finger, and he will wear and cherish that ring for years to come. So, instead of focusing on the bride’s rings, let’s talk a bit about the groom’s wedding band. Here are a few simple tips to help you find the perfect wedding band for the groom.
1. Setting a Budget
As a general rule of thumb, the target cost of a groom’s ring is 1/5 of what has been spent on the bride’s engagement and wedding ring set. Of course, there are no hard and fast rules, and if your budget can stretch to it the sky’s the limit.
2. The Grooms Lifestyle
- Silver – Silver is a popular option for groom’s rings, because it’s understated and less expensive than other metals. However, silver is not very durable, so if the ring is likely to take some abuse it’s best to look for something stronger.
- Gold – Lower carat gold is more durable than higher karat gold. For a groom’s ring, 14-karat is usually recommended.
- Platinum – Platinum is fairly durable, but it is also fairly expensive. Platinum wedding bands also tend to be rather heavy, and some men can find them uncomfortable.
- Titanium – Titanium is extremely durable. It is also lighter than gold or platinum, and 100% hypoallergenic. Titanium is a good choice for a groom’s ring, being lightweight and understated.
- Tungsten – Tungsten is becoming increasingly popular for groom’s rings. Its lightweight, durable, and affordable. However, it is important to choose a tungsten carbide alloy so the ring will be more resistant to scratches.
3. The Groom’s Taste and Personality
4. The Bride and Grooms rings should compliment each other
5. Professional Sizing
6. When to Buy the Ring
7. Who Buys the Groom’s Ring
Today, the groom’s ring has become as large a part of the wedding ceremony as the bride’s wedding band. While it may not get as much attention in bridal magazines and wedding blogs, it is just as important to get it right. These few tips should help make shopping for the groom’s wedding ring easier, and less stressful. If you give yourself plenty of time, and pay attention to some key points, you will easily find a wedding ring that the groom will love and cherish for years to come.