It seems like there are about 17 million articles about engagement rings out there, but what about the dudes?
Men's wedding bands may be slightly less mysterious, but we’ve still got questions. What finger are you supposed to wear the ring on? Do you have to wear it on the daily? Who buys the thing, to begin with?
Fear not, fraternal friends, for you’ve found the FAQ of all things, dude. As far as wedding bands are concerned, at least.
First things first, what finger should men be wearing their wedding band on? Well, as it turns out, that depends on a few factors.
Do men have to wear their rings every day? In general, yes, most men wear their wedding ring every day. You’re married every day, aren’t you?
You don’t want to wear your ring when it’s unsafe or may damage it. If you work with your hands or chemicals, you may wish to remove your ring before clocking in for the day.
Harsh chemicals, and even those used in cleaning, can damage the finish of your ring. Worse, chemicals could be trapped under the ring, causing irritation to the skin. Best to remove your ring when dealing with chemicals.
Working with heavy things, power tools, heavy machinery, etc., can mean running the risk of damaging your ring or, worse, your finger. If there is even the slightest chance the ring could be bent or get caught on something, it’s best to remove it.
The same goes for heavy-lifting activities like working out, which can bend the ring out of shape and get stuck on your finger.
If you’re a big-time swim fan, it’s best to take off your ring before you take a dip. Chlorine is harsh on white gold, for one thing. Finger size can vary when it’s hot or cold, meaning your ring could slip off. So best to take off your band for indoor or outdoor water activities.
Many men don’t want to take off their ring on the reg. In this case, silicone rings are a great secondary option to wear while you work, at the gym, or any other time you might need a softer solution.
One of the most frequently asked questions in the wide world of men's wedding rings is, who buys the thing?
Tradition says a man buys a woman's engagement ring, and a woman purchases her man's band. However, many couples are choosing to ditch tradition. Opting instead to shop together or choose their own rings.
Like many other things on this list, it’s really up to each individual couple. So you do, you boo.
When oh when to wear the thing? Many wonder if a man can wear his wedding band before marriage. He can do whatever he wants, but traditionally men wait until the wedding day to don their ring.
However, there’s nothing wrong with wearing it before. It’s more of a personal choice.
Generally, if a dude chooses to wear the ring before the I do’s, it’s more of an engagement ring or promise ring. Does that mean it has to be a separate engagement ring? No, it can absolutely be the wedding band.
Times, they are a changing tho, and some men do choose to have a separate ring to wear before the big day. When the wedding band takes over, these are usually moved to the right hand.
Still, most men choose to wait until their wedding day to start wearing the ring. We say, do what lights you up, man.
Want to sneak a dude's size without him knowing, or just wondering how to find his size in general? You’ve come to the right place.
So, is a man’s ring size really tied to the size of his shoes?
So, just how tight should that wedding band be?
Generally, a ring should slide comfortably over your knuckle with a bit of friction. The ring should be snug but not tight. We’re not holding any fingers hostage here.
When you try to remove the ring, you should need a little extra oomph to pop it off. A bit of resistance is good. It means the ring won't fall off.
When it comes to most things wedding, you’ll find a tradition already in place. Whether you follow that tradition or make your own is entirely up to you and your partner.
Where you wear your wedding ring may fall to a particular finger, but the daily diligence is definitely up for discussion. When it comes to men's wedding bands, the most important thing is that you’re safe and stylish. So mind those busy hands and find your most perfect band.