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Feb 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM / by Denise Joyce

Do the Bride and Groom's Wedding Bands Need to Match?When you place a wedding band on your significant other's finger, you're taking part in a tradition that's dated back centuries. In most Western Cultures, brides and grooms traditionally place a wedding band on the ring finger of the left hand. Why the ring finger? People once believed that a vein ran directly from that finger to the heart, although medical science eventually corrected this belief. Regardless, the tradition still remains.

Choosing an engagement ring can be tricky, but what many people don't realize is that choosing wedding bands can be just as difficult. In the past, many couples chose to get a matching wedding band set – one for her, and one for him. These sets are an expression that you and your spouse have become one and demonstrate that you not only have similar tastes but also that you belong together.

Many couples today are choosing to take the non-traditional route by choosing different wedding bands. Non-matching wedding bands allow you and your spouse to express your individuality and your own unique styles. Additionally, it allows both of you to choose wedding bands that you love rather than settling for one that doesn't fit your personality. And let's face it – what looks good on you may not look good on your spouse.

Things to consider when choosing wedding bands

Just like wedding colors, cakes, and honeymoon destinations, different couples like different things. When choosing wedding bands, it's important that both you and your significant other love the band you choose – especially since you're going to be wearing it every day. Before you go to the store to look at wedding bands, here are some things to consider:

Metals

There are a variety of different metals out there for wedding bands. Gold and silver may be the most popular, but you're not confined to just those two metals. For men's wedding bands, there are a number of popular alternative metals available. Additionally, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to look into metals that are hypoallergenic.

Color

Yellow gold wedding bands are the traditional choice, but why stick with traditional when there are other options out there? Wedding bands come in a variety of different colors including yellow, white, rose, dark grey, and black, allowing you to choose a band that fits your style and personality.

Finish

Polished finishes are very common for wedding bands, but you can also find wedding bands that have a matte, satin, or hammered finish.

Diamonds and other stones

Do you want a wedding band that has diamonds on it, or do you want one that's solid metal? For the bride's wedding band, are you looking to have it match her engagement ring? There's no right or wrong answer, and it all comes down to preference.

Although tradition says that wedding bands should match, there's no set-in-stone rule that says it has to be this way. Your wedding bands should be an expression of your love for each other, and your wedding bands don't have to match in order for you to do this. Above all, focus on finding wedding bands that will make both of you happy and worry less about whether or not they match.
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