Everyone knows the old saying, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” With the engagement ring industry raking in millions of dollars each year, chances are this is probably a true statement. I mean, sure you have those women that care more about the love they share than the size of the diamond. However, for the most part, women are obsessed – the bigger the better. So as I browse through wedding blogs and articles, I find that most of them discuss finding the best engagement and/or wedding ring for your bride to be, but don’t the women also have to purchase a wedding band for their groom?
Of course we do, and while men probably aren’t as obsessed with huge diamonds as we girls are, women should still do the best they can to choose a wedding band that will put a smile on their guy’s face. After all… they’re essentially going to be wearing this piece of jewelry for a lifetime. Who wants to look at a ring they don’t particularly care for?
After having the worst time trying to find a ring for my husband, (I mean literally a challenging time) I decided it would be a great idea to give the ladies some suggestions on how to pick out a wedding band that will make him feel special.
- Just Ask Him– Now the guys have it a bit harder than we do. In most cases, an engagement ring is something that’s supposed to be a surprise. Therefore they have to try and figure out the best type of ring to get their gal without telling her the secret. (Though we all leave hints after about a year of dating the guy.) Ladies on the other hand, don’t have to keep a secret. They already know they’re getting married, so why not just ask. I know I wish I had done that. Trying to sneak and look at his ring size and figure out all that other stuff without him knowing was a challenge in and of itself. Especially when you consider men are a bit more upfront and not as difficult as women. So after your engagement, ask your guy what type of ring they want. You can even make a day of it and take him to a few jewelry stores to try on some for size.
- Choose a Ring that Matches His Personality– So if you would rather your future husband’s wedding band be a surprise, then you’re going to need to do a bit of digging to figure out what style your guy might be interested in. Sometimes, going with his personality can help in making the selection process a bit smoother. Is your guy often flashy? If so he might enjoy something with a few diamonds and cuts in it to show off. Is your guy more of the basic, laid back type? If so, he might not mind a simplistic band. If he presently wears jewelry then you can get a wedding band that will match his other pieces.
- Make Sure You Get the Right Size– It is not a good idea to guess your future husband’s ring size, because chances are you’ll get it wrong. There is nothing worse than exchanging rings and his doesn’t fit. The best way to figure out his ring size would be to check out rings he already has, or again, you can ask. Since the wedding is in the future, even asking him his ring size won’t spoil the surprise of what type of ring you’re going to choose.
- Consider the Metal Type– While women typically want gold, white gold, or platinum, there are a lot of different metal choices out there to choose from. In fact, frontjewelers.net has a jewelry education section that talks about the types of gold you can choose from. This includes newer trends such as black gold. When selecting metals, you may want to find out if your guy has especially sensitive skin as some metals might cause them to break out.
- Consider the Costs– There’s this crazy rule out there for wedding ring purchases that states you need to spend at least three months worth of income on a ring. However, financial experts also suggest that you save three month’s worth of income for emergencies… Why start your marriage off in debt? Trust me, the wedding is going to cost you an arm and a leg as it is. I say, don’t be cheap but don’t go overboard. Spend what you can afford to pay for in cash, or only finance for a few months. Any time you’re spending more than your monthly bills on a ring, I think you’ve gone too far.
Well ladies, the rest is going to be up to you. Choosing a ring for your husband to be is probably nothing compared to what our guys go through when choosing an engagement ring for us (Thank Heavens). That being said, I believe that they deserve our best. We should do a bit of research and really put forth an effort to get him a ring that not only matches his personality and style, but something that he can enjoy looking at on the daily basis. So happy shopping and congratulations on the upcoming nuptials.