Getting married is perhaps one of the most special moments in anyone’s life, so making sure the wedding rings are perfect is extremely important. While ceremonies are all unique and vows and celebrations differ, one wedding tradition constant is the wedding band.
This symbol of everlasting love comes in different styles, metals and thicknesses and also needs to fit with an engagement ring, so there’s much to consider.
Don’t know where to start when choosing the ideal ring? We’ve put together this guide to wedding ring styles to help you both choose something you’ll be happy with forevermore.
Women’s wedding ring styles
When it comes to selecting the perfect wedding ring style for a woman, there are a few things to consider. The modern woman has a variety of widths, shapes and styles to choose from to offset an individual’s personality and also represent the unity and devotion of marriage.
A key consideration is ensuring the wedding ring fits with your treasured engagement ring – sometimes this is as simple as adding a plain band. Often, though, engagement rings are a little grander and need a bespoke or unusually shaped band to fit.
So whether you’re looking for an intricate band set with sparkling diamonds or a plain platinum or gold ring, you’ll be able to find something ideal to suit your needs.
The wishbone wedding ring is crafted to dip in the middle and seamlessly fit with your engagement ring. What could be more symbolic for your marriage than two rings working together in harmony to fit one another? Try your engagement band on with a few styles of wishbone ring – you can choose from a subtle ring, a channel set diamond band or even a claw set design to complement your existing jewelry perfectly.
Classic and timeless, plain wedding band styles provide the ideal elegance to complement your engagement ring. Choose from a court or D shape for comfort and curve or a flat style, depending on your preferences – you can also select the thickness of your band to suit your style. Whichever precious metal you choose for your ring, ensure it works in harmony with your engagement band and you’ve got another match made in heaven.
If extra brilliance is what you’re looking for – a diamond set ring is the perfect option. Whether you want to add sparkle to a more subtle engagement ring or match a diamond engagement ring with the perfect companion there are a variety of styles to choose from. Select the ideal metal, width and style from claw set, channel set or rub-over set diamonds.
Men’s wedding ring styles
When searching for a men’s wedding ring, it’s important to understand that you don’t need to wear the same metal, and the band doesn’t need to ‘match’ that of your partner.
Some metal colors simply may not be for you – the most important thing is that you find something that suits you and your style and that you feel completely comfortable.
The more traditional choice of wedding band for a groom is a plain band – but there are even options when it comes to selecting this type of ring. Choose from a court ring, D-shape or flat style and ensure the choice of metal suits and feels comfortable. Not only this, but even a plain band can include intricate attributes. If you want a plain band but fancy a little extra detail, you can opt for grained edges and indentations for an eye-catching finish.
Diamonds aren’t just for female bands, men’s diamond set wedding rings are the ideal blend of traditional and modern. Diamond set bands are available in a selection of widths, metals and styles to provide a subtle sparkle to your ring.
Wedding ring metals
Choosing what metal you’d like your wedding band to be is a huge part of the selection process. Unless you’ve worn jewelry before, however, you may not know which color metal suits you, so it’s important to understand what you’re looking for beforehand and to try them on to see how each feels.
White gold is a stunning option but does require re-plating maintenance on a regular basis. So while this metal is more affordable than platinum, the maintenance may increase the long-term cost.
This is a popular option as its silvery appearance is elegant and classic – the bonus is it requires very little maintenance. This is, however, the most expensive because of these factors – but its durability makes it a great option for hands-on people.
Yellow gold is the traditional choice when it comes to wedding bands. It’s a beautiful option and also very durable – this durability, however, will depend on the carat you opt for.
This is the metal which has enjoyed a recent revival and becoming more of a popular choice for the modern bride and groom. This blush colored option is durable and a little more affordable than platinum.
While platinum is stronger than palladium, the latter is still a fantastic wedding ring choice due to its durability. This is a low-maintenance and affordable option and also looks stunning thanks to its appealing white color.
Now you know all you need to about styles of wedding ring for both men and women and the metals you can choose from – but what about the size? The chances are you’ll be comfortable with the ring size of the bride as you’ll have purchased (and possibly had to resize) the engagement ring.
However, for many grooms-to-be, they may have never worn jewelry before, so ring size is probably somewhat a mystery.