There are a few choices you can make when planning a wedding that has as much meaning as the wedding rings. After all, while everything else about the day might be important, it’s the wedding rings that you’re going to keep long after, to wear every day, and to have as an eternal reminder of the vows you made on that big day. However, the women’s wedding ring often gets a lot of focus, to the detriment of the groom’s. Here, we’re going to look at how to pick a wedding ring for the groom that has intent and purpose behind it, rather than just a basic, barebones metal band.
Starting with the size
First of all, you want to make sure that the wedding ring for the groom is able to fit his finger. Take the time to size his finger before you go looking so that you’re able to choose one immediately if it catches your eye, rather than picking out a ring, and then having to take it back to resize it because you later realize that it doesn’t fit.
There are plenty of finger-diameter measuring tools that you can use online, or you can go to just about any jeweler to have them help you do it. There’s no surprise involved in buying wedding rings, so you don’t have to try and size your finger secretly or anything.
Make sure it’s comfortable
The right size of the ring is going to play a determining role in the comfort of its fit, but it’s not the only thing that matters. It’s a good idea to go and try out a few rings on his finger before you make your final choice.
The styles of the rings aren’t going to matter as much as the shape, or profile, or the ring. The traditional court ring is a more rounded style, but there are also D-shape rings which are a little flatter on the side of the finger, and flat court rings, which are the opposite. And flat rings which are much flatter on both sides. Trying out the different profiles can help him get an idea of what feels more comfortable to him on a regular basis.
Width matters, too
The width of the ring is also going to matter a lot, as well. Not only will it determine how big it looks on his finger, but it might also determine the weight of the ring, as well. Some men might prefer a smaller, lighter, and slimmer ring for practical reasons. For instance, they might want to be able to wear it while they are working with their hands. Other men might not mind having a larger, more traditional statement piece on their hand.
Metals of choice
Once you have the general shape of the wedding ring for the groom determined, then it’s time to think about the style and aesthetic choices, as well. The fundamentals of the ring’s look are largely going to be determined by the metal that you choose for it.
Yellow gold is the most popular and traditional option, to the point that gold was used for wedding rings as far back as Ancient Egyptian times. Silver is a lot more common and a lot cheaper and is often used for stand-in rings until you choose your final option.
Rose gold, white gold, palladium, and platinum are all not quite as rare, but each offers their own unique aesthetic. Platinum and palladium are both popular for those who might have metal allergies, too.
Metals aren’t the only materials
Perhaps your man might be a touch on the non-traditional side, or they might not like wearing metal on their finger for one reason or another. If that’s the case, there are plenty of highly stylish rings that use alternative materials, such as meteorite wedding rings that can add a touch of a unique flair to the choice.
Other alternatives include things like carbon fiber, opal, and even custom wood rings. Each of them is going to have its own visual appeal but also its own practical considerations, such as perhaps requiring a bit more extra care to ensure that they don’t wear and tear over the years.
To bejewel or not
Aside from the material that the ring itself, is made of, you might want to think about what’s going to be set inside the ring, as well. Diamonds are not as popular in men’s rings as they are in women’s, but that doesn’t mean that they’re rare, by any means.
If you do choose diamonds, then you’re going to have to think about the types of stones you include, including the color, size, carat, and clarity, as well as whether you opt for synthetic diamonds or otherwise. Of course, there are plenty of gems other than diamonds that you can decide to have set in your ring, and plenty of different ways to set them in there.
For instance, it’s less common for men to have a centerpiece gem on their ring, and many will instead have them patterned around the band.
The braided style
There are plenty of other stylistic choices you can make with your rings, such as the shaping of the band and any details that it might have on it. For one, braided rings are a very popular option, being a little more attention-catching than a standard, blank band but still not overly ostentatious or showy.
A lot of people choose braided wedding rings for the symbolism that they have as well. For instance, braids and designs such as knots are more closely associated with certain cultures. There’s also the notion that the braiding motion in the band can be said to represent the two hearts joined together in marriage, winding two lives around each other.
Add some texture
There are plenty of different designs that you can have imprinted into the band of metal, as well, or other ways that you can have them textured. If your man doesn’t like the idea of just having a band of clean metal on their finger, then they can opt for textures such as pebbled rings or hand-hammered rings.
They might like a texture that looks more intentional and helps it stand out against other rings they might wear, or they might prefer one that looks and feels a little more natural, having imperfections built into the shape and look of the ring.
Of course, there’s always the fact that men who are more likely to fidget might find having a textured ring a little more soothing, too.
Opt for multiple metals
There are plenty of different metals you can choose for a wedding ring for the groom, as mentioned above, but you don’t have to choose just one for your man’s band. Instead, you can opt for banded rings, which combine a selection of multiple metals to create a layered or patterned mix of them.
This can include simply having one smaller band of metal set into a larger one, or you can combine the banded look with the braided look, having two different metals spiraling and swirling around one another. Usually, a band of gold will be banded with another, such as silver or tungsten, which can make it less expensive than just getting a fully gold ring, too.
Of course, above all else, you have to make sure that the ring is something that he will want to wear. Hopefully, the suggestions above help you head in the right direction, but it’s a choice you’re going to want to make together.