The average American spends $5,000 on an engagement ring. That’s a whole lot of cash! But you’re not done yet.
As the wedding rolls closer, you’ll also have to shell out for a wedding band. But choosing the perfect bands can be even harder than picking the engagement ring.
Not only do you have to worry about budget and style, but you also have to consider how her band will look with her engagement ring and how your band will look next to hers. Luckily, we have some tips to help you find the perfect bands for both of you!
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to learn our top tips for picking out complimentary wedding bands.
Ask If There’s a Matching Band
Depending on the engagement ring you purchased, there may already be a matching band that goes with it. Although your soon-to-be bride doesn’t have to choose this band, it’s guaranteed to look great with her engagement ring.
You can even ask if the designer created a matching band for you, too. If this is the case, all the rings will carry some of the same elements, giving them a cohesive look.
Consider the Shape
If there is no matching band for your fiancé's engagement ring, the next step will be to decide what shape will look best. If her ring has a large diamond solitaire, she may want to consider a u-shaped band that will fit snugly around the center diamond.
Halo engagement rings, on the other hand, look great with straight bands. If she wants to add more bling, a ring enhancer can fit around either side of the engagement ring to make it appear like she has three rings on.
Men’s wedding bands typically only come in a thick, straight shape. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find one that compliments her ring.
For example, you may want to consider a ring with raised grooves and a center accent stripe to match your fiancé’s ring enhancer. While it won’t look like you have three rings on, the design will give off a similar feel to hers.
Engagement rings come in tons of different styles.
Your fiancé will want to make sure the style of her wedding band matches the style of her engagement ring. For example, a sleek and modern band would look odd next to an ornate vintage engagement ring.
The same goes for the types of stones used. If the engagement ring has emeralds, sapphires, or rubies, consider picking a wedding band that incorporates these too.
Since men’s rings typically don’t have stones, you can incorporate the colors of these stones into your ring to ensure they complement each other.
So, if her ring has yellow gold, consider getting a tungsten ring made for men with gold plating.
Of course, your ring should also have a similar style to hers. If she has a modern ring, you should opt for something modern too.
Choose the Right Material
Men and woman both have a wide variety of materials to choose from. While you may typically associate wedding rings with gold, that’s not your only option.
More unique rings can be found in wood, tungsten, titanium, and if you're looking for a real show stopping piece, consider buying a ceramic ring!
For women, it’s usually best to find a band in the same material as the engagement ring.
However, different colors of gold can look amazing mixed together. So, if she wants to add a little color but has a white gold engagement ring, she can opt for a band that mixes white and yellow gold or white and rose gold together.
Luckily, white gold looks a lot like titanium at first glance. So, if you don’t want to wear gold, you can opt for a titanium wedding band and still be complimenting your fiancé's ring. If you like the idea of having a unique ring, consider mixing titanium and wood.
Consider the Size
Rings come in all different shapes and sizes. Depending on your personal style and finger size, certain rings can look overpowering or too small when you try them on.
Your fiancé should be sure to try all potential wedding bands on with her engagement ring.
If she already has a lot of bling on the engagement ring, she may prefer a more subtle wedding band. This ensures the wedding band compliments the engagement ring instead of competing with it.
When it comes to your ring, your biggest focus here will be on thickness. However, you may find that you like thicker bands but pure titanium rings look a little too overpowering.
A great way to find a happy medium is to find a ring with an accent stripe in the middle. You’ll still get the thickness and metal you want, but the accent stripe will help to break up the titanium, so it’s not so bright.
Keep the Widths the Same
One easy trick to ensure your rings complement each other is to consider the widths. Your fiancé's band should have the same width as the engagement ring to create a balanced look.
Consider matching the width of your band to hers. While they don’t have to be the same size, if she has a thinner band, you may want to consider getting a thinner one too. This will give the rings a similar size and appearance so they look good together.
Choosing a Wedding Band
Don’t feel overwhelmed when it comes time to find that perfect wedding band. Instead, just follow our tips to ensure your band complements your fiancé's wedding band and engagement ring.
Are you ready to start shopping? Then check out our collection of men's wedding bands today.