Your Wedding Ring Matters
After all the time, expense and pageantry that go into selecting her engagement ring, finding your own wedding band can seem like an afterthought or an inconvenience. Ignore the urge to select the first shiny round thing that comes into view and be prepared to spend a modicum of time selecting the right ring. Fortunately, it’s easy to distill what you need to focus on – here are two crucial things to bear in mind when choosing your wedding band.
Is anyone else looking at this image and thinking what it needs is a little blue hedgehog legging it past?
Pop quiz, hotshot: what do you do?
Think about your lifestyle. Do you work a lot with your hands? Participate in outdoor sports? Wrestle crocodiles on the weekend? You shouldn’t just be taking your budget and personal style into account when shopping for a wedding ring. Given that you are planning on wearing it well into the foreseeable future, your wedding band also needs to fit in with your lifestyle.
Precious metals like gold and platinum are classic choices for your wedding band, but they are also pricey and less durable than some of the contemporary options that have more recently entered the market. Some men are destined to rain daily abuse on their wedding bands, and choosing a wedding ring made from a contemporary material like titanium, tungsten or cobalt chrome may be a far more practical option.
There are many materials available these days, each of which offers its own unique characteristics, benefits and potential drawbacks. Do a little research prior to purchasing your wedding band, based on what you know to be your lifestyle, everyday habits and personal style. Consider if you have any special requirements – do you need a hypoallergenic ring? A lightweight ring? A ring that can be re-sized? A ring that can survive post-wedding stag parties? You’ll be able to accordingly narrow down which materials are most appropriate for you as an individual.
“Pfft,” you say to yourself. “I know my ring size.” Well, beyond what you know to be your standard ring size, there are a couple of other factors to take into account. For starters, not all ring interiors are created equal. Men’s wedding bands are often found in one of two fits: traditional fit or comfort fit. The traditional fit is an older type of fit that has a more squared off interior, while the comfort fit is a newer innovation that has a more rounded interior and puts less pressure on the finger. Many men prefer the way a comfort fit ring feels, although traditional fit rings (particularly those made from precious metals) can often be less expensive because they use less material in their construction. In any case, due to the differently shaped interiors most men wear a slightly smaller size in comfort fit rings than they do in traditional fit rings. You’ll want to try on both types of rings, see which interior you prefer, and make sure that you are properly measured for that particular fit.
You may also need to know what your international ring size equivalents are, especially if you are planning on purchasing your wedding ring online. Larger online stores should offer detailed information on sizing, including an international size conversion chart, but be aware that you may run between sizes. If that is the case, check return policies and see if you can purchase two sizes of the same ring, and return the one that does not fit.
Now you know what you need, make sure you get what you want. Don’t settle; get a ring that you love – you’re the one who will be wearing it and staring at it for an eternity, so you’ll want to like it. Get something that is not just trendy today, but that you can see yourself wearing 5, 10 or 20 years down the line. Your wedding band is a reflection of your union itself, so it’s best to start off on the right foot and give it the proper attention that it deserves.
Tanya Naouri writes articles on men’s wedding rings and fashion for Just Men’s Rings