There are a million details that go into wedding planning — who to invite (and who not to invite), choosing a cake, the catering, music, wedding party outfits and accessories, the location … and so on.
Throughout this exciting and often tedious process, finding the best wedding rings for the man in your life shouldn’t be yet another stressor in the planning process. Men tend to be pretty go with the flow, particularly when it comes to the wedding, and you can find some pretty cool men’s wedding bands that fit his personality and lifestyle. We’re here to walk you through the process with our step-by-step (stress-free) guide to men’s wedding band designs.
Find The Right Size
If you’re going ring shopping in person, there’s a good chance that you’re going to take your groom-to-be with you so he can pick the wedding band he likes. If that’s the case, a jeweler can easily measure his ring finger in the store. And while that’s the most accurate way to get the right fit, there are a few other ways to measure his finger, particularly if you’re shopping online from the comfort of your home.
- Download a ring sizing guide to help quickly determine the best wedding band size.
- Order a complimentary ring sizer from an online jeweler. Many will mail them to you at no cost for him to try on.
- Use a small strip of string, thread, or dental floss, wrap it firmly around his finger, measure the string, and compare it to an online ring size chart.
It’s far easier to get the ring size right at the outset to ensure you’re not adding “resize the ring” to your endless wedding to-do list.
Pick A Metal (Or Alternative Metal)
Maybe he’s drawn to a classic white or yellow gold ring, perhaps he prefers the look of a unique men’s wedding band composed of a darker metal, or maybe he needs a hard-wearing ring that can withstand the rigors of his day-to-day life.
When choosing the perfect band, you’ll want to understand how each metal — or non-metal — holds up over time, whether he’s working in an office or an oilfield. Here are a few options:
While a timeless choice, gold is hypoallergenic and won’t tarnish over time. It also may scratch or dent more easily than other metals. If he’s working in an office all day or just wants a sophisticated, simple style, he may want to consider a white, rose, or yellow gold band.
Titanium is a great choice if you’re looking for ultra-durable, scratch-resistant, and affordable. Plus, the metal is super lightweight, stronger than steel (yes, really!), and you can get a band in a variety of styles and shades of gray. Many grooms love the look of black titanium, which gets its darker color from an alloying and heating process. Titanium men’s wedding bands are perfect for those that work with their hands or enjoy plenty of outdoor sports activities.
Stainless steel wedding bands are hard, durable, and affordable, giving you that classic silver appearance without the susceptibility to scratches and dents. Stainless steel won’t corrode, stain or oxidize, thanks to an iron alloy and chromium mix.
Meteorite rings are just that — iron meteorite chunks from outer space. So if you really want to profess your out-of-this-world love for your spouse-to-be, meteorite definitely fits the bill as a unique wedding band metal.
Other Metal & Non-Metal Alternatives
Other alternatives like silicone are great, affordable options that work well under pressure. If he’s a runner or athlete, a police officer or military member, he may need a wedding ring that can accommodate swelling of fingers or withstand the pressure of the endeavor or job.
Explore Different Styles
Maybe you’re the type of partner who regularly pushes him out of his comfort zone … or perhaps you’re the one who embraces his quirks and his unique style. Either way, you can find modern wedding bands for any man that fits the personality that attracted you to him in the first place.
- If he’s the consummate gamer, surprise him by suggesting a meteorite ring that holds all the allure of a multiplayer story.
- For the old soul, stick to the classics — a yellow gold ring or platinum band.
- Does he love streetwear styles with a bit of bling in the mix? Choose a metal band studded with a row of diamonds for plenty of flair to match his everyday threads.
Play Around With Custom Designs
Looking for the best men’s wedding band but still coming up empty? Make your own! Many jewelers offer the ability to create custom wedding bands that combine all his preferences. You can create a titanium ring with a meteorite inset, for example. Or you can incorporate a wood inlay into a Damascus steel band. If you like the drama of an all-black ring, consider black gemstones set in a black zirconium band. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to finding the right wedding band for him.
Pair It To Your Own Ring
Into all things matching like those “his and hers” gifts? Then you’ll probably love pairing your wedding bands together. If you have a gold engagement ring with a solitaire diamond, consider an understated matching men’s wedding band in yellow gold. If you’re a couple that tends to go bright and bougie, you can both incorporate inset layers of diamonds in your bands to complement your coupledom.
Now that you can check off your miles-long to-do list by finding the best wedding ring for your man’s personality and lifestyle, you can focus on what matters: celebrating your love together.