Wow! My wedding day is almost here and it’s down to the wire to finalize all of the final details for the big day! One of the more important details for the day, thankfully, has been taken care of for quite some time. My wedding band! And Jeff’s wedding band, though we just picked that up from the jeweler last week. For me, it was a pretty easy decision in choosing my wedding band, but Jeff definitely had some decisions to make when choosing that little piece of hardware that holds so much meaning. As a guy who doesn’t wear too much jewelry, beyond a necklace, it was new territory for him. As with any other piece of jewelry, there’s a few questions you need to ask yourself before making a final decision. But when it comes to picking wedding bands, it’s arguably a little more important to have a clear picture and find one you love. You will be wearing it everyday, after all.
These days, there is quite a variety of metals and colors of metals that you can use for your wedding band. Gold, silver, and platinum are three of the most popular and common metals for wedding bands. But these days, you can get a wood wedding band, or a wedding band made out of palladium or tungsten. All offering different color varieties as well. Do you prefer a yellow gold, white gold, or gold? For the bride, you may have made this decision already depending on the color and type of metal for your engagement ring. But for the groom, it’s time to start shopping. That’s why it was so easy for me to choose my wedding band. I already knew the designer, metal type and color, and had an idea of the style that I wanted. Since my engagement ring has a unique shape, I knew I wanted a crown wedding band that would fit around it. And I knew Emi Conner was the right choice for me, because that’s who designed my engagement ring.
A lot of our friends are married, so Jeff has seen examples of different types of wedding bands, but he definitely needed to do a bit more research. Besides looking online, we decided to visit a local jewelry store, Tobin Jewelers, to take a look at their wedding bands as well. They had a great selection of rings in a variety of colors and types of metal, which made it a little tough for Jeff to choose. I had originally thought he would go with a tungsten or titanium band in a steel grey or black finish. Boy, did he surprise me when he told me he was vibing with the rose gold!
Again, another easy question for me to answer. I love everything that sparkles, so having a wedding band with a few more diamonds on it to complement my engagement ring was a no brainer. But there’s a lot of unique and beautiful options out there for adding some sparkle or unique details to your wedding band. Texture, shape, gemstones, unique details – you want it, you can find it.
And taking a look at the options out there for the groom, there’s plenty. We saw rings that you could unscrew a portion and change out whether it had a wood, metal, or textured center stripe. We saw wedding bands with gemstones and unique beveled details. It’s all really up to you and finding the perfect wedding band for you. If you’re not traditional, don’t go traditional. If you love the outdoors or the mountains, there are wedding bands out there where you can showcase that. The possibilities really are endless.
Shape can be an easy one, depending on what you’re looking for. Again, for me, it was an easy decision to find a “crown” type engagement ring that would fit seamlessly with my engagement ring. It fits snugly together, and I really can’t wait to wear both of them together. My engagement ring is a showstopper (I might be biased), and with the wedding band fit next to it, it is everything I could have dreamed of and more. But if you have a more simple engagement ring, add a little interest to your stack, by choosing a wedding band that brings some more drama, is a non-traditional shape, or has some unique details.
When Jeff was shopping for his wedding band, it seemed like the shapes were not quite as variable. We did see some unique styles and details, but overall they were round bands. But shape can include some of those details – does it have a two layer effect with a beveled edge? Does it have a twist in the middle to make it a little more unique? Is there an interesting engraving you would want to have on top or inside that makes it yours? All great questions to think about when picking the right band and its shape.
Think through all of these questions, do some research for inspiration online, and find a brand or jeweler who has what you like. I knew my wedding band would be from Emi Conner, just like my engagement ring. But for Jeff’s wedding band, the world was our oyster. There’s so many places online to find the perfect wedding band. Jeff did some research online, but ultimately wanted to try some different ones on and see what they looked like. That’s why we chose to go to a local jeweler, Tobin Jewelers. After trying a few on, he was really able to zero in on what exactly that he wanted. Like I said, I was a little surprised with his final decision, but I love it for him. He chose something he loved, that felt like him, and had the details he wanted for his wedding band. Now, it’s just time to say the ‘I do’s’ so we can get to enjoy wearing them.
Emi Conner is a self-taught jewelry maker and designer. She moved to the US from her home country of Thailand in 2005. After years of working with computers, she longed for a new means of expressing her creativity. She was gifted a hematite ring, and instantly was attracted to its beauty and the idea of the energy that crystals and gemstones carry. Which inspired her to start pursuing jewelry design. As a female-founded and owned business, I instantly felt connected to her story and to her brand.
It brings me joy to know that our handcrafted pieces can make a difference to your day, to carry the energy of your gemstone with you, to make you feel strong, enchanted, and charged with positivity.Emi Conner
Disclaimer – This post was written as a part of a partnership with Emi Conner. All opinions and experiences are my own. Including me immediately falling in love with the Emi Conner brand and her designs when I first found them on Instagram.