There is no general rule these days as to who should buy the groom’s wedding ring. This responsibility could be placed on the bride, the bride’s parents, or the groom himself. Some couples even prefer to shop for wedding rings together.
In this article, we are going to look at the history and traditions of buying the groom’s wedding ring. We’ll also give you some tips on what to keep in mind when buying the groom’s wedding ring.
The history of the wedding rings
The bride’s engagement ring has always been the focal point since the groom’s marriage proposal. Compared to the shiny diamond that everyone wants to see, people tend to forget about wedding rings. After all, they are often simple bands made of gold, silver or platinum, and nobody seems to think about them until the “I Do” moment comes. In reality, however, wedding rings have a much bigger meaning than engagement rings.
Wedding rings are the symbol of marriage itself. As they represent the feeling “until death do us part”, they play an essential role. However, it is believed that the tradition of wedding rings for men did not begin until the middle of the 20th century.
The act of exchanging wedding rings dates back thousands of years when ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures adopted this tradition. Over time, different cultures began to incorporate their own wedding ring traditions into wedding ceremonies. For example, Gimmelrings with two or three hoops were often used in the 16th and 17th centuries.
With the advent of Christianity, marriage became a sacred act that was supposed to take place through a church ceremony. It is believed that Western traditions of exchanging wedding rings can be traced back to this time. At that time, the brides were given both engagement and wedding rings. In the eyes of the Christian Church, a wedding ring was a symbol of loyalty.
Until the 20th century, only wives received and wore wedding rings. It is believed that the groom’s wedding ring tradition began around the 1940s during World War II. It was actually soldiers who started the tradition of the double rings to remember their wives when it was time to go to war. After that, the trend of the two wedding rings quickly spread all over the world.
Who will buy the groom’s wedding ring?
While it is traditional for the groom to buy the bride’s engagement ring when proposing marriage, who should buy the wedding rings when the bride says “yes”? There is no right or wrong answer to this question. At the end of the day, the bride and groom have to decide.
The traditional approach
According to western tradition, wedding organization has always been entrusted to the bride’s family. Since a large part of the wedding is paid for by the bride’s parents, they also have a say in all important decisions. On the other hand, the groom’s parents would also contribute a part, be it for the catering, the flowers or the like.
But the more expensive weddings got, the more this tradition began to fade. This is still the case in some upper-middle-class families.
In the case of wedding rings, according to traditional standards, the other side is responsible for this purchase. Traditionally, the bride or the bride’s parents are supposed to buy the groom’s wedding ring. In comparison, the bride’s wedding ring is the responsibility of the groom. In this sense, wedding rings are seen as gifts that the groom and bride get for one another.
The bride and groom not only buy wedding rings, they also choose them themselves. In some traditions, the first time they see their wedding rings is the moment they are asked to put them on. This can cause the two rings to mismatch at all, although for some couples this may not be important. It is the element of surprise that counts.
In other cultures, the groom is said to buy both wedding rings. He can then choose one and give the other to the bride.
The modern approach
Today is the decision to buy wedding rings entirely with the bride and groom. You can stick to tradition and buy each other wedding rings, but you can also go shopping for wedding rings together and choose what you like.
This mainly depends on the financial situation of the bride and groom. If they already live together and have a common bank account, it only makes sense to share the cost of the wedding rings (and the entire wedding too). However, if one partner makes more money than the other, he or she can both pay for wedding rings.
Some prospective brides also like to have a say in the selection of the engagement ring. Although the whole act of getting on one knee and asking the question is no longer the same as it used to be, it still has great value.
Brides planning to wear their engagement ring and wedding ring on the same finger, of course, want these two to match. That’s why matching sets have been very popular lately. Some couples end up with matching wedding bands that can be personalized in a number of ways. For example, some wedding rings can be labeled with a date, word or symbol on the inside.
Since most men are not used to wearing a ring every day, they prefer to go to a jewelry store and try different options. Hence, the groom’s wedding ring needs to be comfortable for everyday use.
The price of the bride and groom’s wedding rings can vary depending on what type of ring they ultimately choose. Contrary to what some might think, male wedding rings may not be cheap because they are wider and thicker than female wedding rings.
Instructions on how to buy the groom’s wedding ring
Planning a wedding is certainly not an easy task. There are so many things to consider – the venue, the catering service, the cake, the flower arrangement, the guest list, and a thousand other things that require attention. All of this planning can put time constraints on when the time comes to choose the wedding rings. Fortunately, wedding rings don’t take as long to make as engagement rings.
If you’re planning on buying a wedding ring for your fiancé but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Most people assume that wedding rings have to be boring and are usually made of some type of metal. This is especially true for male wedding rings.
However, there are many details your fiancé’s wedding ring can have that set it apart from the rest. Whether you are planning on getting your fiancé a wedding ring yourself or whether it is a joint venture, here are a few factors to consider:
Type of metal
One of the first things to think about is the type of metal you want on your fiancé’s wedding ring. Traditionally, gold and silver are the two most popular options for wedding rings. When it comes to gold, you can choose between yellow, white and rose gold.
Platinum has also become very popular lately, mainly for its hypoallergenic properties. While a platinum ring is a good choice because it will become less thin over time, it is more prone to scratching. Platinum also offers fewer color choices than gold.
In addition to platinum, tungsten and palladium have also become popular choices recently. Both types of metal are similar to platinum and are also cheaper. Titanium is similar to tungsten, except that it is lighter. Both tungsten and titanium are better options for those who have sensitive skin.
White gold has also been taking center stage lately as it is similar to platinum and cheaper. The only potential problem with white gold is that it can cause skin irritation.
Here at Estate Diamond Jewelry we offer wedding rings made from different types of metal – platinum, silver, rose gold, white gold and yellow gold.
You will be surprised how many options there are when it comes to wedding ring styles. In the past there were only simple wedding rings made of gold and silver, without any decoration or additional details. Many more options are available today.
When it comes to the ring shape, the classic courtyard-shaped ring is always a safe choice. This model has soft rounded edges on both the inside and the outside of the ring. Another popular ring style is the D-shaped ring, which has a flat profile on the inside and a dome shape on the outside.
Flat wedding rings are in trend recently. These rings are flat on both the inside and outside and tend to get stuck on clothing. If you want a ring that is flat on the outside and round on the inside, then the flat court style is for you.
It’s always a good idea to try a ring on before buying it. If you want to surprise your fiance with a wedding ring, this part can be tricky. Male wedding rings are usually between 5mm and 7mm wide. If your fiance has slimmer fingers, it is best to choose a thin ring for him. Otherwise, it will just appear chunky.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your fingers tend to change sizes as the day progresses. For example, they tend to swell in hot weather. Because of this, it’s always better to wear a ring at least a couple of times before you decide to buy it (if you can, of course).
Some wedding ring styles cannot be resized. Hence, you should choose wisely. At Estate Diamond Jewelry, our wedding rings can be made for any finger size. Note that we also mention on every product detail page which rings are resizable and which are not.
Whether you want to have your ring or that of your fiancé polished is entirely up to you. When it comes to polishing options, you can choose between high gloss, matt, a combination of high gloss and matt or the hammer finish. Your choice should depend on whether you want your ring to have a shimmery coat or a matte finish that minimizes reflections.
There are other details that you can add to your wedding ring to make it special. Engraving is one of the best ways to do this. You can either engrave something on the inside or the outside of your ring. Some couples like to use a date that has a specific meaning to them, a word or symbol that represents something precious.
You can also add diamonds or small gemstones across the width of the wedding ring. There are many more details that you can incorporate into your wedding ring. If you want your ring to have additional features, be sure to order it earlier than planned as these adjustments will take time.
Check out our collection for your groom’s wedding ring
Estate Diamond Jewelry offers a wide variety of wedding rings for men. Here you can view our entire wedding band collection. When you find something you like, make an appointment to see the ring in person. You can also contact us if you have any questions about our men’s wedding ring collection.
Choose the perfect wedding ring for the groom
The decision of who to buy the groom’s wedding ring should depend on what the newlyweds want. Traditionally, the bride is supposed to buy the groom’s wedding ring. However, there is no reason why wedding ring shopping shouldn’t be something you do together. At Estate Diamond Jewelry, you and your fiancé are bound to find wedding rings that you will both fall in love with.