Matchy matchy. It looks best to match metal types if the wedding band will be worn alongside the engagement ring. It's not a rule, it just generally looks best.
Sweet words. Consider engraving the inside of your bands. It's romantic and personal and will remind you of the significance of your rings in the years to come. There isn't a lot of room, so popular engravings include three-word messages, nicknames, and your wedding date.
Try it on. This is a little more true for a guy than a gal, actually. Most men are not accustomed to wearing jewelry day in and day out. How does the ring feel? Is it comfortable? Does it feel too wide or gaudy for your taste? Guys, you are going to be wearing this (hopefully) for the rest of your life. Love it. Ladies, make sure that the band doesn't distract or add too much to your engagement ring.
They don't have to be identical. Although many couples choose matching bands, you don't have to. Ladies often prefer a thinner, more delicate band than guys. And whether or not the metals match is completely up to you.
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