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We all know that wedding rings are symbolic tokens that represent commitment and love. But what are the “rules of engagement” when it comes to buying the groom's band? Should you buck tradition or do it the way your grandparents did? We're happy you asked. Let's dive in and discuss who should be visiting the jewelry store as your wedding approaches.

h2: Who buys the man's wedding band?

Traditionally, it's the bride who purchases the groom's wedding ring. But this general "rule" assumes all weddings include a bride and a groom. Modern weddings are no longer governed by gender rules of the past, and traditions have changed accordingly.

Nowadays, each half of the couple is generally expected to pay for the other person's wedding band. With that said, you don't have to follow customs with any part of your wedding; it's perfectly acceptable to buy your own ring or shop for both rings together.

Who traditionally buys the woman's wedding band? Again, tradition has it that each person buys the other person's ring. So in weddings with a bride and a groom, the groom or their family will be responsible for paying for the bride's ring.

While tradition is important to many couples, others prefer to take their own approach to choosing (and paying for) wedding bands.

h2: When do you need to buy wedding bands?

Now that you know who buys the wedding rings based on tradition, you need to consider when to buy them. It's generally best to start shopping about three or four months before the ceremony, and then make the final purchase no later than the six-week mark. If you're customizing the rings with engravings, it can take a few extra days before they are ready.

h2: Do wedding bands have to match?

A beautiful symbol of a couple's love and commitment to each other, wedding bands represent the joyful union of two souls. Matching rings take this symbolism even further by demonstrating that you and your partner are two peas in a pod. You love the same shows. You roll your eyes at the same things. You dress alike. Ok, maybe that's too far. But you get the point. To many couples, matching wedding bands represent a sense of unity, but not everyone shares this feeling.

While many couples prefer matching bands, others want unique rings that reflect their own personalities. It's perfectly fine to choose non-matching wedding bands if that's your preference. It's also common for brides to match their wedding bands to their engagement rings.

If you're not into matching rings but want similar designs that symbolize your union, look for complementary rings. These can be similarly styled rings with different precious metals or differently styled rings with the same metals. Though they may not be identical, complementary wedding bands can express enough similarities to represent a couple's compatibility.

Whatever you choose, you and your partner should both love the wedding rings you'll wear every day. Whether you want to be ring twins or flaunt your individual style, our experts at Helzberg have you covered.