Wedding Guide

Wedding Band Widths

Buying Guide Band Widths

Traditionally, women wear their wedding ring first, followed by their engagement ring to ensure that the wedding ringis placed at a point that is closest to your heart. As both rings are worn together, it’s important to consider the widths of both of the rings.

Many wedding ring styles are unisex, although there are some factors that might mean some sizes are favoured by men or women. Men tend to choose to have a wider band, typically between 5mm to 7mm. The most common sizes are 4mm for women and 6mm for men.

Hand size & shape

Generally you’ll want to choose a band width that will flatter your hand and finger size.

  • Narrow, thin bands look most effective (regardless if you have long or short hands) on narrow fingers i.e. 2, 3 or 4mm bands tend to look the best.
  • Wide, thicker bands between 7 to 9mm look most appealing on those with broader fingers.

Engagement & wedding band widths

Once you’ve chosen the width of your engagement ring based on what suits your finger, it’s time to decide the width of your wedding band in comparison.

Many women prefer the width of their wedding band to be the exact same or similar to their engagement ring. However, if you’re looking for a unique look then some people choose a wider wedding band with a narrow engagement ring. Or you may choose to have a ring identical to your partner and choose a wider size i.e. 4 or 5mm.

The widths of wedding rings are measured in ‘mm’, even in countries like the USA, where metric measurements are not the norm. Ring widths can range from 2mm to 9mm.

Tip: If you don’t have a ruler handy and you’re struggling to visualise how wide a 2mm band actually is - a 2p coin is about 2.03mm thick. Simply place two or three 2p coins on top of each other to see how thick 4mm or 6mm will be.

Bands on a budget

Bear in mind that the width of your wedding band may depend on your budget. Wider bands will be more costly than thinner ones so if you want a wider wedding ring, you may have to compromise on other factors, such as opting for a slightly cheaper metal.

What will be most comfortable?

As you’re likely to wear your wedding ring for the rest of your lives, you’ll want to choose something that’s comfortable for you. Wider bands may not be as comfortable as a narrow ring and you may need to select a larger ring size. for rings of 8mm or over. Keep this in mind when sizing your finger, either at home or with your jeweller.

Ultimately, the width of your wedding ring comes down to personal preference and what you think looks best and feels most comfortable.