How to Choose a Wedding Band That Beautifully Complements Your Engagement Ring

Stack of yellow gold and diamond contour wedding bands on a finger

Have you been wondering how to choose a wedding band to fit your engagement ring? It’s not always as easy as it seems! But don’t worry–with a little guidance, you can consider the different types and styles of wedding bands and learn how to match a wedding band to an engagement ring to create the set or stack you’ve always wanted.

Never Too Early

It’s never too early to start planning your stack! The very best time to start thinking about how to choose a wedding band is actually when you are shopping for your engagement ring. That’s because the type of engagement ring you have will determine, to some degree, the type of wedding band you can get and how it will fit with your ring. When confronted with the question of how to match a wedding band to an engagement ring, many of our customers opt to design the engagement ring and wedding band together at the same time, to make sure that they fit together exactly how they want and so they can visualize the whole look from the beginning.

That said, not everyone does it that way, and that’s okay! Maybe you are wondering how to choose a wedding band because your engagement ring was a surprise or a family heirloom, or perhaps you didn’t even realize you would want a wedding band until later on because you were so excited about the engagement ring! In a moment, we’ll discuss what to do when you don’t know how to match a wedding band to an engagement ring. But first, let’s talk about all the gorgeous styles of wedding bands there are to choose from.

Two velvet ring boxes holding solitaire engagement rings and straight wedding bands

Straight Wedding Bands

Many people love the look of a straight wedding band or wedding bands sitting flush with the band of their engagement ring. But what most people don’t realize when considering how to choose a wedding band is that in order for the bands to sit flush together, there needs to be space underneath the center diamond of the engagement ring. This is more common with settings that are a little taller, like our Maya ring. If the diamond sits close to the finger, there is rarely enough space for a band to fit underneath.

A straight wedding band is the most traditional type of band. It can be simple or intricate. It can be plain gold or platinum, engraved, lined with pavé diamonds, or it can have larger diamonds or vintage details for more of a statement look.

Although many people want their wedding band to sit flush with their engagement ring, having a little space between the bands creates a little negative space that can show off the silhouette of each ring. Choosing a wedding band really comes down to personal preference, so you should rock the look you love best!

Hand wearing the East-West Oval Stevie Engagement Ring with the Tiara wedding band

Contour Wedding Bands

If you want to know how to match a wedding band to an engagement ring, first consider what type of band you want. Contour bands trace around the shape of your engagement ring and add to the overall silhouette. If you would like to wear a contour band with your ring, then it is best to opt for a setting that has a basket holding the center diamond (like Grace or Esme). The basket will keep the contour band in place so it can frame your diamond without sliding around.

When considering how to choose a wedding band, if you want a contour band, you want to make sure that the arc of the wedding band fits the size and shape of the center stone in your engagement ring. Some styles are more forgiving and can easily frame lots of different sizes and shapes of diamonds. However, others are designed to fit more tightly against the diamond, like a puzzle piece, and are best customized to fit your ring.

One of the things that makes choosing a wedding band fun (and sometimes challenging) is that there are so many styles and designs to consider. Contour bands can come in a wave or v-shape. They can be plain gold or paved in diamonds. They can add a partial ballerina halo to your ring or bring vintage-inspired floral details. And perhaps best of all, you can combine them in multiple ways to create different looks with a single engagement ring, depending on the occasion or just your mood!

Never Too Late

If you already have your dream engagement ring and are just now wondering how to choose a wedding band, don’t worry! You can always have a wedding band custom made to fit your engagement ring. If Taylor Custom Rings made your engagement ring, we already have your design on file, and we can use it to create a custom wedding band that fits with your ring. If your ring was made elsewhere, we are also happy to create your custom wedding band, but depending on the style, we may need to have you send in your ring so we can measure it and ensure that the wedding band will fit together with it the way you want it to. If you’d like to talk with us about how to match a wedding band to an engagement ring, don’t hesitate to reach out!