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The Ultimate Guy's Guide To Wedding Bands
It is likely that your bride-to-be has been planning her special day for a while now, perhaps even since she was a young girl. More often than not, she has a good idea of the type of engagement ring she’s going after. She’ll bring along clippings from a magazine or share styles she’s pinned on Pinterest; heck, maybe she even has a sketch drawn on a napkin. No matter the case, ring shopping is usually primarily focused on the lady in waiting.
And we know that most of the time, as the groom-to-be, you haven’t put much thought into what you’d like for your wedding band. We get it. Some dudes are completely uninterested in rings, and most are just unaware of the options available. There are all kinds, from the guy who’s eager to discuss each decision along the way, to the disengaged dude sitting in the corner with folded arms, staring off into space.
There's good news! To those disengaged dudes, there are so many choices when choosing your band; after all, you’ll be sporting it for the long run.
Get To Know Yourself
Each ring comes with its own array of features and benefits. Consider what you does for a living. For example, your company may require their employees to wear tungsten bands because of the metal’s potential for fracturing under extreme pressure. If you work with electricity, you may want to steer clear of metals that have conductive properties and opt for a ceramic or stainless steel rings instead.
Also, ask yourself about what you do in your spare time. If you work on cars, shy away from soft, precious metals like gold and silver and go for a stronger metal that is resistant to scratching. If you're a swimmer, you may need a metal that can withstand harsh chemicals, like chlorine. Precious metals may be the perfect fit for those of you that are coin collectors who treasure value and rarity. For those avid hunters, avoid a band with a bright polished finish which could reflect sunlight and scare away the game.
What’s Your Style?
A wedding band is not only an expression of marital commitment but also an expression of oneself. Choose a band that reflects your style. You may choose a classic band profile like half-round or comfort-fit, or you may prefer a more modern look like two-tone or hand-engraved. If you're interested in personalizing your precious metal band, consider engraving. For a unique touch, choose to add a special message or scripture verse in a manly font or even in your own custom handwriting.
Get engaged in the ring buying process. DOWNLOAD this groom’s guide to wedding bands and have the power to pick the band that perfectly represents your style.
For the brides-to-be -- How do you get your special guy involved in choosing their rings? Share your short story with us in the comments below.