How to Pair a Wedding Band with Your Engagement Ring

A bride holding a green bouquet and wearing an engagement ring and wedding band.

Just when you got over the stress and excitement of choosing the perfect engagement ring, surprise! Next comes selecting the perfect wedding band that will complement the bride’s sparkling new rock. Similar to the arduous task of selecting the most beautiful diamond to pop the question with, choosing a matching wedding band for an engagement ring can be just as stressful. After all, if the engagement ring is the symbol of your promise to marry, the wedding band is the symbol of your promise to be together forever. Suffice to say, choosing your wedding band is important stuff. Which is why we’re sharing these helpful tips and tricks on how to choose the perfect wedding band for your engagement ring!

Try on a Number of Options

It’s key to get a visual on what your engagement ring will look like with your new band, as just looking at them online or on display at a store can be misleading. So try on as many options as you can to get an idea of what you like and don’t like. Dare to be a bit unconventional with the pairing. You never know what will work, or won’t.

Look at Your Engagement Ring Setting

When it comes to pairing your engagement ring with your wedding band, it does help to consider its setting. The shape of the center stone, the size, and whether or not the ring has a halo all affect the types of wedding bands that will match well with your engagement ring. It’s also helpful to know whether or not you want a flush wedding band, which means the diamonds are embedded and so the stone doesn’t protrude. They’re more popular with male wedding bands, but your lifestyle is a factor to consider too. If you’re active and/or work with your hands a lot, a flush wedding band might work best for you. Some couples might prefer the engagement ring to “clasp” with the band. In that case, you will need to think about that before purchasing the engagement ring.

Consult with Your Partner

Some couples prefer to have matching wedding bands or bands that look similar. Others might choose to have a unifying feature, like the stone, design, or choice of metal. While you and your partner don’t necessarily need to have matching wedding bands, it’s a conversation worth having. You ultimately both want to be happy with your decision. It’s also important to note that having matching bands might be cost-effective in certain cases.

Consider the Metal

Traditionally, the wedding band is made using the same type of metal as the engagement ring (yellow gold engagement ring=yellow gold wedding band) however, this isn’t carved in stone (no pun intended). There is no rule saying you need to choose matching metals for your wedding band either with your engagement ring or with your partner’s wedding band. It might suit both of you to have a metal that you prefer to wear over the other. For example, the bride might prefer to wear gold, but the groom would prefer to wear silver. Bear in mind that having two different metals for your engagement ring and wedding band will certainly stand out. This is why it’s key to visually see your engagement ring against different types of metal, so ensure you’re doing so before selecting a metal for your band.

Which Width

While some might prefer to match the width of your wedding band to the width of the band on your engagement ring—think thin with thin, chunky with chunky—for a more neat and clean look, others might want to be bold with their choices. If you have a showstopper of a wedding ring, you might want a more slim choice for the band, or if you have a demure engagement ring, you might opt for a chunkier, diamond-encrusted band that really pops.

It Comes Down to Personal Taste

There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to pairing a wedding band with your engagement ring. The perfect pairing is whatever is most beautiful to you and your partner. While there are some tried-and-true pairings, it’s a good idea to consider all of your options as well as to try them all on, so you know what you truly love.

While a good jeweler will be able to guide you through the options that will work best for your engagement ring, thanks to the tips above, you’ll be able to ask the right questions and understand that choosing your wedding band needn’t be stressful, but is an exciting time for both you and your partner.

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