While all the excitement surrounding an engagement is typically about the bride-to-be’s engagement ring, the man’s wedding band is still quite special. Careful thought and consideration should be taken when choosing the groom’s wedding band as this is his symbolic way of showing his love and commitment to his bride. It’s an indicator that somewhere out in the world, he has a woman he loves, and that loves him. And best of all, compared to the extreme expense of the bride’s engagement ring, the groom’s wedding band is reasonably priced.
The cost of a man’s wedding band varies from a low $100, to a high of $2000. Typically, rings average at around $600. While it’s not as extreme a range as for a woman’s engagement ring, it’s still a very noticeable difference. This depends on what kind of metal it is, and if there are any additions such as diamonds to the band. The most popular metals are white gold and gold. White gold is by far the most popular as it’s cheaper than platinum and has a similar appearance. The main drawback is that it can yellow over time, as opposed to platinum which will not. Gold is seen as the classic choice, with a vintage appeal and timeless look. The disadvantage with gold is that it is a soft metal and can be nicked and scratched quite easily.
On the high end of the spectrum, you have platinum, and on the low end, tungsten and titanium. Platinum is the first class choice of men’s wedding bands. That being said, it is also the most expensive. The price is justified by its heavy durability and everlasting shine. Platinum rings have a unique look to them and are exceptionally strong, which can sometimes be considered a reflection of the marriage.
Tungsten is an excellent choice as it’s durable and very inexpensive. Unfortunately, it’s practically impossible to re-size. That being said, it will not scratch or tarnish like other more expensive rings.
Titanium is by far the cheapest type of ring. It’s also very strong and can offer a very masculine look. The biggest drawback of a titanium band is their inability to be re-sized. This makes gaining a small amount of weight or finger swelling a scary prospect.