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On Trend Without the Spend - Today's Most Stylish Wedding Bands for Men

The tradition of wedding bands is as old as the marriage ceremony itself, symbolizing a bride and groom's commitment to their marriage and to one another. These days, wedding bands can also help brides and grooms to show off their personality with the help of ornamental details, new materials, and gem inlays. In fact, for most grooms faced with choosing a wedding band, it can be hard to decide between the varieties available and even harder to pay for it. Here are some tips for estimating wedding band expenses and choosing a material that will fit your budget.

Estimating Wedding Ring Expenses

When you start shopping for wedding rings, keep in mind that sentiment can often cloud your judgement. Although you and your future spouse might be tempted to pay more than you have in order to show your undying love, the fact of the matter is that staying in budget could help you to stay in love longer. With many marriages ending early due to financial complications, a careful estimation of wedding ring expenses could be beneficial when you start shopping.

So how much should you expect to spend? Although it may surprise you, a 2011 survey revealed that men spend an average of $572 on their wedding bands. The survey also revealed that men are more likely to shop online for wedding band styles, instead of visiting shop after shop perusing inventory. Read more in the article “Men Confess: What I Spent On My Wedding Ring” by Penny Wrenn, for Forbes.

As you budget for your wedding ring shopping trip, try to keep this average in mind. Set aside at least $600 for your wedding ring, and if you find a great band for less, you can use the remainder to get your future spouse something special. Also, keep in mind that you get what you pay for sometimes with rings, which is why you shouldn't opt for those bargain wooden varieties or comfortable rubber rings you might see in stores. Purchasing a sturdy metal band can help you to show your devotion to your spouse, while remaining professional-looking.

Considerations When Choosing Band Material

Your choice of material will likely be the first question posed to you when you start shopping. Here is an explanation of different common materials, the costs involved with that material, and the benefits and drawbacks of each metal.

Gold

The most popular material choice for men's wedding rings is gold. Available in a wide variety of colors, gold lends a traditional look while boasting a long lifespan. Choosing a gold band also makes matching the bridal set easier. Other benefits of gold wedding bands include:

• Easily resizable. If you gain or lose weight over the years, you can have your wedding band adjusted accordingly.

• Durable. Gold has been shown to stand up well against the elements, although the surface can still be scratched or dented upon impact.

• High-gloss appearance when polished.

• More affordable than platinum bands.

• Easily accentuated with other precious metals or stones.

Gold wedding bands can start at around $800, but can cost over three thousand dollars or more, depending on the style, thickness, and precious stones used in the band. However, if you have your heart set on a gold wedding band, it might be worth it to get what you really want instead of wearing a ring you aren't in love with every day.

Platinum

If budget isn't a big concern for you, platinum rings might interest you. Platinum boasts a remarkably bright shine and a silvery-white color, perfect for creating a clean, crisp look. Platinum rings are heavier than gold rings, offering a solid feel that helps many enjoy. Although platinum bands can be expensive, starting at around $2,000, accents like diamonds or other precious stones can quickly drive up the cost. Here are some benefits of platinum bands:

• Prestigious high-gloss metal lends a luxurious look.

• Durable and resistant to scratches.

• Can be engraved or carved according to the groom's preferences.

• Available in a wide range of attractive styles.

Tungsten

If you like the look of platinum but don't have the budget for this precious metal, consider tungsten wedding bands. Starting at around $50, tungsten wedding bands are one of the most affordable wedding ring options on the market. Here are some benefits of Tungsten wedding bands:

• Durable. Tungsten is one of the hardest substances on the planet, resistant to dings and other forms of damage.

• Perfect Sheen for a Lifetime. Tungsten bands are completely impervious to scratches, creating a perfect, even surface that is made to last.

Mens tungsten wedding bands wear like a traditional, heavy weight ring, which many men prefer.

• Religion friendly. Tungsten rings are often preferred by grooms who are not permitted to wear gold due to religious beliefs.

Other Metal Options

Other options to consider include Cobalt (which can be resized), Platina (P4) and Vitalium, which is a hypoallergenic alternative for individuals who have an allergy to precious metals. Whatever your budget, there are fashionable options available that are sure to compliment your personal taste.

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