Matching Wedding Bands - His and Her Wedding Bands

You're the Perfect Match - Your Wedding Bands Can Be Too

To match or not to match, there is no standard for couples matching their rings; it is truly up to you. While matching wedding bands is a symbol of you and your new spouse becoming one unit, not matching your bands lets you express your individuality and avoid one of you feeling pressured to choose a band he or she doesn't absolutely love. Either way, it is important for the couple to be aligned on this decision prior to choosing a band.

Wedding bands come in different setting styles, metals and metal colors (rose gold is a popular choice), with and without diamonds or gemstones. If you aren't looking to purchase a ring set that's been designed to go together, here are a few ideas for selecting both his and her wedding bands that are a perfect expression of your personal style.




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Match Bands by Style

Although matching wedding bands has been the tradition, it has waned over the years for many reasons, including a preference for a stronger, more scratch-resistant metal (versus traditional yellow gold), or just due to changes in personal style.

There's no rule saying that if an engagement ring is a certain style, the wedding bands have to be, too. However, the two rings should complement each other, meaning you can buy a wedding band that will "go with" the ring, but not be designed for it. This requires a bit more design sense, since you will be coordinating a set yourself. Stackable rings are a great way to incorporate your personal style in a non-traditional way.

Or, you might choose a wedding band that stands on its own. It might contrast with the engagement ring instead of merging, to create something new and different that really expresses your creativity and personal style.

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Match by Metal

As you may suspect, metals that are considered traditional are white gold, yellow gold, sterling silver and platinum. These choices are classics and have, of course, been used in wedding bands for centuries. Alternative metals like tungsten, stainless steel and titanium are newer to the wedding band scene, but are becoming just as popular as the demand for different looks and durability rises (especially for men).

When matching your rings, the metals may be the same or you can mix gold tones in the engagement ring and wedding band. It is also popular to match the engagement ring metal to an inlay in alternative metal bands like tungsten or titanium for a subtle look.

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Match by Gem

If a minimal band is not your style, wedding bands can come set with a variety of stones, though the most popular choice is diamonds. And, yes, even for men in alternative metal rings, too!

Traditionally, the term "anniversary band" refers to a band with diamonds. However, using an anniversary band as a wedding band is a popular choice for women who want to wear diamonds every day, but have practical reasons for not always wearing their engagement rings.

If you choose to go with stones, your choice is all about personal taste. While white diamonds are the most popular, you can also opt for color diamonds or contrasting gemstones -- say a layer of amethysts or sapphires beneath a gorgeous diamond solitaire engagement ring.

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