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Do You Need a Matching Wedding Band?

By Mike Fried,

Congratulations! You just got engaged to the love of your life, and now you’re on to planning the wedding of your dreams. Engagement is such a special and exciting time, and of course you have a million things to think about, but one question on your mind is probably what kind of wedding band to buy. Maybe you are wondering how your wedding band will fit with your engagement ring. Will you be able to find a style you love that fits just right with your new favorite accessory? There are so many ways to go about choosing a wedding band that suits you and complements your beautiful and beloved engagement ring, but the most important thing is that you find a ring you love that will forever be a reminder of the commitment and love between you and your partner.

example of matching engagement and wedding rings
An example of a wedding band that beautifully compliments a pavé engagement ring setting.

When searching for the perfect wedding band, it can be helpful to stick with the same retailer for a few reasons, one of which is that they are likely to carry complimentary or matching bands that you can choose from without too much searching. If you have a designer ring, the same retailer will probably have wedding band options from the same designer, which will make your choice easier since similar styles by the same maker will mix and match well even if they are not designed as a set. For this reason, it’s always smart to go with a reputable, quality vendor from the beginning. James Allen and Blue Nile are two of our favorite recommended vendors, and you can check out our complete list of Diamond Engagement Ring Store Reviews to learn more. 

You might be trying to decide whether it’s important for your wedding band to match your engagement ring. Like with most “rules” of engagement rings and wedding jewelry, it’s totally up to you whether or not to choose a matching band, and it’s a very personal decision.

To make the process of finding a matching engagement ring and wedding band easier, we’ve shared several carefully chosen pairs of engagement and wedding rings below. We hope each pair will give you some ideas and inspiration as you search for the one you want to be yours forever!

Eternity Wedding Band

An altering bezel eternity ring
An altering bezel eternity ring (photo: James Allen)

Eternity Rings are really wonderful options to consider as you look for a wedding ring. There are so many different kinds to choose from, and they’re super versatile. This 14K White Gold Milgrain Alternating Bezel Ring from James Allen would fit well with so many different styles of engagement ring, but we love it with this 14K White Gold Tradition Oval Hidden Halo Solitaire Engagement Ring by Verragio 

Royal Style Wedding Band

Baguette & Pavé Diamond Crown Curved Wedding Band (photo: Blue Nile)

This Elegant and minimal Six-Prong Solitaire Plus Hidden Halo Diamond Engagement Ring from Blue Nile is effortlessly elevated by this stunning Baguette & Pavé Diamond Crown Curved Wedding Ring by Zac Posen. I mean, is there anything that would make you feel more like royalty than giving your engagement ring its very own crown? Not to mention, we’re head over heels for Zac Posen’s innovative modern designs.

Knife-Edge Wedding Band

Knife Edge Diamond Wedding Band (photo: Blue Nile)

This Knife Edge Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring pairs beautifully with a Knife Edge Micropave Diamond Eternity Ring from Blue Nile. The matching style elements and white gold pull the look together seamlessly, while the micropavé diamond details on the band add a little something extra to a simple, stunning solitaire. This wedding ring is also perfect for wearing on its own if you don’t always want to wear your engagement ring. Some activities just don’t lend themselves to having a raised diamond on your pretty little finger, so a gorgeous wedding band that can be worn by itself is a great option.

Milgrain Embellished Wedding Band

Eternity Embellished Eternity Wedding Ring
Milgrain Embellished Diamond Wedding Ring (photo: James Allen)

Another wedding band that’s stunning on it’s own, this 14K Yellow Gold Milgrain Embellished Diamond Eternity Ring stacks beautifully with a 14K Yellow Gold Radiant Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring.

While matching metals and diamond features tie these two together, the contrasting diamond shape and size give the duo that sparkling stacked look that’s very much “in” when it comes to popularity, according to the GIA.

While an engagement ring like this pairs beautifully with a glittering diamond eternity ring, it’s also an excellent example of a ring that would be lovely with a simple, classic, matching metal band like this Yellow Gold 4mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring. A chunkier band works perfectly to balance the weight and presence of a big, beautiful engagement ring without needing a lot of extra embellishment. The thicker band paired with a glorious radiant cut engagement ring is a totally current look without being too trendy to stand the test of time.

Vintage Matching Wedding Band

ZAC POSEN matching curved wedding band
Matching vintage engagement ring and wedding band (photo: Blue Nile)

Vintage jewelry has increased dramatically in popularity over the last few years, and with good reason. As the American Gem Society explains, vintage engagement rings and other items of jewelry “make a treasured gift that can be passed down for generations.”

For an intricate and ornate ring like this Vintage Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring from Blue Nile, a simple Milgrain Curved Diamond Band adds sparkle without stealing the show or competing with the vintage details. Choosing an Engagement ring that has a matching band is one simple, surefire way to get a perfect match.

Wedding Band with Natural Look

Natural look Marquise Array Diamonds Wedding Band
Marquise Array Diamonds Wedding Band (photo: James Allen)

One great way to match your wedding band to your Engagement ring is by choosing a band with a matching feature. This pairing of a 14K White Gold Bypass Marquise Array Diamond Engagement Ring with a 14K White Gold Marquise Array Diamond Wedding Ring is a perfect example. The marquise diamonds evoke a natural, organic feel that is as feminine as it is timeless.

Check out our Setting Guide and Diamond Education section for more info to help you find the perfect wedding band.

Still don’t know what to get? Feel free to contact us and our diamond experts will be happy to help you guide through the pool of options.

James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. They have the largest exclusive loose diamond inventory online and fantastic prices. They also have the nicest collection of lab-created diamonds online.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging
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Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well-known internet jewelry seller. They have a very large exclusive online inventory. Their high-quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment
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