Tips from the Diamond Cellar on making the most of your investment in a wedding band

The latest data on wedding trends show that while couples are spending thousands of dollars on the parts of their wedding that only last one day—like flowers, food, entertainment and venue—they might be short-sighted when it comes to choosing something the groom will wear for a lifetime: his wedding band.

In fact, with the introduction of wooden rings and lower-end metals, some are spending as little as $50 to $100 on a band. Two factors seem to be at play in this trend: First, so much time and attention is given to the bride’s engagement ring and band that deciding on her partner’s ring often is put off to the last minute. And second, with all the expenses involved in a wedding, the groom’s band may seem to be a good place to save some cash.

But is it?

Here are some things to consider when choosing a man’s wedding band.

1) Shop with a mindset of “what’s the best long-term value” versus “what’s saves money today.” Buying a better-quality band that will stay great-looking and hold its value is a better long-term investment. For example, platinum is extremely durable and is a very rare, precious metal that is hypoallergenic and almost never causes skin reactions.

2) Give yourselves enough time to choose the right band. You’ll find there is a wide variety of materials and price points. Alternatives to platinum are white gold, yellow gold, tungsten, cobalt and palladium. When budget is a factor, palladium (a member of the platinum family) has a very similar look but generally costs less than platinum or white gold. Allowing enough time to shop means getting the best quality ring at the best possible price.

3) Many people don’t think about customization for men’s bands. Current offerings allow you to pick your width, metal, finish and even a certain color or engraving for the inside of your ring, making it a one-of-a-kind piece that you can cherish for a lifetime.

4) Lastly, and most importantly, keep in mind: Wedding rings symbolize a commitment two people are making to each other. That commitment is precious, and a man’s commitment is just as important as a woman’s. Shouldn’t the band that symbolizes it be significant, too?