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The Fifth Step to Forever: What is a Wedding Band?

Apr 7, 2017

What is a Wedding Band? Now that you are happily engaged, the perfect ring properly placed on her beautiful finger, wedding planning has finally begun. One important step toward planning your wedding – and your future together – is finding the right wedding band. Similar to shopping for an engagement ring, you will likely want […]

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What is a Wedding Band?

Now that you are happily engaged, the perfect ring properly placed on her beautiful finger, wedding planning has finally begun. One important step toward planning your wedding – and your future together – is finding the right wedding band.

diamond band in rose gold

Similar to shopping for an engagement ring, you will likely want to have a budget in your mind before shopping for your wedding bands. Your choices are not limited when it comes to wedding bands. Bands are made in a wide array of material, thickness, and with or without diamonds or other gemstones. You could easily spend 300 dollars on a band, or well over a thousand. It helps to shop around for wedding bands in order to determine which styles you like, which styles she likes, and which styles will match or complement her engagement ring the best.

So what are wedding bands? What is the difference between a wedding ring, a wedding band, and an engagement ring?

First things first, a “wedding ring” might refer to either an engagement ring or a wedding band. People tend to use the term interchangeably since both are associated with a wedding and marriage in general. An engagement ring is typically the ring used in the proposal, the piece of jewelry to accompany the most important, “Will you marry me?” question.

A wedding band is worn by both parties and is often chosen later, and most importantly, is presented at the wedding itself. The famous “do you have the rings?” question refers to the wedding bands – the bands you entrust your best man and/or maid of honor with before the wedding ceremony.

purple box on table at wedding

So, who shops for the wedding bands?

A “bridal set” or “wedding set” refers to an engagement ring and a wedding band sold together. If a wedding set is purchased together, the band is usually kept in a safe place until the wedding while the engagement ring portion is typically presented during the proposal. Wedding sets are perfect complementary rings. A bridal set includes two (sometimes three) perfectly matched rings. If you think (or know for sure) that your future bride prefers a classic look and uniformity, a bridal set is a great route to take.

If not, or if you are unsure, waiting to shop for wedding bands together is a great idea. Wedding band shopping is fun and a great activity for the two of you as you embark on this next journey together. Men also wear wedding bands; shopping together can be inclusive!

Many couples prefer their wedding bands to match one another – for example, if her ring(s) are yellow gold, the groom would also buy a yellow gold wedding band, but of course this is not a requirement. Your wedding bands should represent your individuality and love for one another.  Men’s wedding bands come in white gold, yellow gold, platinum, palladium, titanium, stainless steel, cobalt, tungsten, and plenty of other metals and variations of materials like wood. Wedding band shopping should be fun, exciting, and ultimately, something you two will remember forever.

woman adjusting her wedding band in wedding dress

At Ben Bridge Jeweler, associates have the skills, knowledge, and training to help you with everything from finding the right gift to celebrate a special moment to designing a custom piece from the ground up to simply cleaning your jewelry (on us!) when you pop into a store. We are thrilled to help you in any way we can.

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