Men’s Wedding Bands: Where Should you Start?

When choosing a wedding band for a woman, the decision is often led by the style of the engagement ring. Of course, this does mean that because most men don’t have an engagement ring to match their wedding band with, choosing a wedding ring can be a little bit harder for the male of the species.

Some men, of course, know straight away what they want, which is great. But if you’re not sure what type of wedding band to go for, it’s best to get the advice of your local jewellers. Here’s where to start with choosing your wedding band.

Metal Choice

The choice of metal used for their wedding band is something which most men are justifiably quite picky about. There actually tend to be more varieties of metal available for men’s engagement rings as opposed to women’s, so it’s something that can give you an element of choice.

Men’s wedding rings tend to come in the following materials:

  • Platinum: an extremely durable metal which is hypoallergenic. It’s a good metal choice if you work in a manual job or have allergies, but it is more expensive than most other metals (approximately twice the price of a yellow gold ring, for example).
  • Palladium: a white metal which makes for a lighter weight ring. It’s also a budget friendly option.
  • Gold: gold wedding bands are traditional, and are available in yellow, white and rose gold. It’s recommended to choose a wedding band which is 14 karat gold upwards.
  • Tungsten: this is the hardest metal used for wedding bands, and it keeps its shine longer than any other metal. It’s also hypoallergenic. Again, it’s excellent for those that wear their wedding rings during manual labour, as it’s actually twice as tough as diamond!
  • Titanium: a lightweight metal, which is a good choice if you’re unused to wearing jewellery on your hands, or are unsure about doing so. It’s less intrusive to everyday wear as it’s so light. However, this does mean that it scratches easily, so be aware of this if you intend to wear it during physical tasks.
  • Cobalt: a scratch resistant metal, and hypoallergenic too, it’s a good alternative to gold or platinum and is a cheaper option.

Band Width

Men’s wedding bands tend to vary in width between 4mm and 8mm. Most men opt for something between 6mm and 8mm in width, but at the end of the day it’s your wedding ring, so anything goes! Why not ask a jeweller in Gidea Park whether they can make something which is bespoke to your requirements?


Did you know that men’s wedding bands come in two different fits? The first option is comfort fit, whereby the inside of the ring is slightly domed to create a lovely smooth finish, and, as the name suggests, a comfortable fit.

Alternatively, flat bands are as you’d imagine, with a flat finish inside. This gives a flatter finish to the overall look of the ring. Ask jewellers Gidea Park wide if they can show you some varieties in order for you to be able to decide what will work for you.


Don’t think that a man’s wedding band has to be plain: there are actually several finishes and details that can be added to make your ring more interesting.

For example, why not opt for a two tone band if you would like a bit of colour and contrast added to your ring? Or go for a flat finish with polished edges if you’d like something less obvious. And remember that you can include precious stones such as diamonds within the band, too.

Ultimately, you’ve got to be happy with your choice of wedding band, which is why it’s important to seek the advice of a local jeweller in Gidea Park or the surrounding areas. EK Jewellers’ Gidea Park based grooms have been taking our advice for over 36 years, which is why we’re trusted to choose the right wedding ring for you.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.