SATURDAY DECEMBER 16, 2017
 
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7 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT MEN'S WEDDING BAND
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For centuries, the wedding ring has been a symbol of love and devotion between a couple who are committing the rest of their lives to each other. Wedding rings have a long history; the Ancient Egyptians considered it to be a symbol of eternity, whilst in both Egyptian and Greek cultures, it was long considered that the traditional ‘ring finger’ contained a vein that led directly to the heart. So, it’s no surprise that various cultures have encouraged husbands to present their bride with a ring that symbolizes their adoration. In modern cultures, however, it’s commonplace for both spouses to exchange rings with their wedding vows. Whether a guy is choosing his own wedding band or his fiancée is planning to surprise him with one on their wedding day, there are many things to take into consideration when purchasing this special piece of jewelry. Here are just a few:

#1. CONSIDER HIS LIFESTYLE AND WORK

No matter who is wearing the wedding band, it’s usually a piece of jewelry that’s worn on the finger for life. So, when choosing a wedding band for your special guy, it’s important to take his lifestyle and work into consideration. For example, if he works in a job that requires a lot of manual labor, you will need to carefully consider the durability of the ring – you won’t want to select one that could easily become damaged, leaving him unable to wear it as often as he’d like or worse, rack up a huge bill for repairs or replacements. Titanium is a very durable choice of material when it comes to picking a ring for a man who works in a rough job. Check out these tungsten rings for inspiration.

#2. CONSIDER THE COST

Getting married is not cheap – by the time you’ve paid for the venue, dress, catering, and honeymoon, you might find that your lofty dreams of getting an expensive ring are simply no longer in your budget. But, that doesn’t mean that you must settle for a cheaply made ring that won’t last long. In fact, you can find many great deals simply by shopping around; online jewelry retailers are a good choice since they have less overheads than high street jewelers and therefore can often afford to provide their customers with much cheaper prices. In addition, you might want to consider getting a wedding band set instead of purchasing the two separately; this usually costs less and you can be sure that the rings will look amazing together.

#3. GET THE SIZE RIGHT

 When purchasing a wedding band for yourself or your future husband, it’s important to make sure that the size is right. Since in general, men tend to wear less jewelry and rings than women do, you can’t always opt for sizing the band in accordance with a ring that they already wear. Most jewelers will size for free, so even if you are planning to purchase the wedding band online, you can go to a high-street jewelers and ask to get fitted before you place the order. Even if you think you already know the size, it’s a good idea to have this confirmed just in case. The last thing that you want is a ring that doesn’t fit after you’ve said ‘I do!’.

#4. CONSIDER HIS PERSONALITY

If you are purchasing a wedding band for yourself, then you’ll probably already have a good idea of the types and styles that you like and feel are a good fit for your personality. On the other hand, if you are picking out a wedding band for your husband-to-be, it’s a good idea to consider the adjectives that describe each ring and determine which best match his unique personality. For example, if he is a non-conformist who likes to do things differently from the crowd, a unique, custom-made ring could be the perfect choice for him. On the other hand, if your man is a little more reserved and shy, a simple ring without any flashy stones may be preferred.

#5. CONSIDER HIS PREFERENCES

When picking out a wedding band for your husband-to-be, you can learn a lot about what he may like simply by considering his fashion preferences. Does he like to dress up in a suit and tie whenever possible, or, is he more of a ‘comfort first’ type of guy who’ll be happy in an old pair of jeans and a t-shirt? Even if he doesn’t wear that much jewelry, the clothing that he tends to select for himself can be the best clue as to the type of ring he’d pick out, too.

#6. GET THE TIMING RIGHT

When you’re planning a wedding, it can feel like there’s simply not enough time to do everything that you need for everything to run smoothly on your special day. In between ordering the cake, booking the wedding car and planning the menu with your caterers, you’ll need to consider when is the best time to get down to the jewelers and purchase the all-important wedding ring. Ideally, you should buy the ring no later than around 2-3 months before your wedding date; this will give you plenty of time to try it on for size and have any potential readjustments made before the big day.

#7. CONSIDER COMFORT

Last but not least, when selecting a wedding band either for yourself or for the special man in your life, comfort should be one of the top priorities. In addition to making sure that the ring is a perfect fit, you should also take factors such as weight and metal into consideration. A ring that is too heavy can quickly become uncomfortable to wear, whilst some people are allergic to metals such as gold and silver. If you’re picking out the ring for your husband-to-be and are worried that comfort may be an issue, why not take him along? This way he can try rings on for size and let you know what he prefers.

Did these tips help you find an amazing wedding band? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.  

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