Men’s Wedding Bands: How to Choose the Right Width and Size?

Wedding Bands

To buy a perfect engagement ring, people may put in a lot of hours in doing the baseline research, visiting stores, and most importantly considering the material and design of the same. However, when it comes to men’s wedding bands, it is quite likely that not many men have a fair idea about the type of wedding bands they should invest in. Also, they may run out of time in settling for the best one if they do not start the process of zeroing in on the right one well in advance.

In fact, a wedding band shouldn’t be such a careless choice as it is something that will stay with you for a lifetime probably. Majority of the people will be wearing it on every single day. Also, for most of the men, it may be the only piece of jewelry they may wear. However, most of the men don’t have an idea about the various styles and designs of wedding bands in the market, let alone their width and size.

Don’t worry. If you are serious about choosing a wedding band to embrace for a lifetime, we will discuss some good facts to consider on buying. Greater emphasis has been laid on available width of wedding bands for men, which may be a confusing decision to make.

The average width of wedding bands

To start with, if you don’t have any idea about the concept of wedding bandwidth, it is ideal to know the most popular size is about the width of about 6 mm to 8mm; however, this may vary based on the size of the finger and hand.

When you walk into a wedding band store to buy one, it is ideal to start exploring with a 6mm band and then try the smaller or, the bigger width ones to find the one that suits you best. In fact, before you order for any specific details that you require to be engraved on the wedding ring, the width is perhaps the most fundamental question that you will be asked about by the person on the other side of the counter.

Narrow men’s Wedding Bands

Narrow wedding band refers to a ring which is thinner with the width being 2mm to 6mm average. Narrow wedding bands are ideal for those who have a ring size under 9. It may look good on people having smaller hands when compared to those with a more significant hand. Narrow bands will also look good on slender fingers than stouter ones.


For those who haven’t worn a ring before, it may be ideal to choose a narrow one, which may cause less discomfort. Narrow bands are easier to wear, and you can also get used to it easily. Another advantage is that the bands which are less than 6mm in thickness are far less expensive compared to the wider ones. Comparatively lesser quality of the metal is used to make narrow bands, which makes it more budget friendly.

Wide wedding bands

Wideband refers to the rings with more than 7mm width as listed at Usually, bands in this category are 7mm to 10mm wide. Wider wedding bands are ideal for the men who have a ring size of over 9. These will look good on people who have a broad body shape. People with larger hands will have a perfect masculine look on wearing a wider band.

Measuring the ring width

Most of the ring widths are measured in mm (millimeters), which are kept as a global standard and is followed even in countries which follow ‘inch’ as standard measurement like the USA.

A lot of people have a tough time to visualize how much wide a half inch or one-quarter inch would be, which makes it difficult to assess how much wider a 6-mm band will be while thinking regarding the standard metric system.

It seems that customers struggle with assessing the width as to how much width they want on buying a wedding band. The chart below will help you to understand the bandwidth from a better perspective.

The chart converts mm width to inches for easy interpretation. With a ruler in hand, you could easily try to understand it by visualizing how wide it will be on the ruler and your fingers.

Inches Ring width
0.07 2mm Rings
0.15 4mm Rings
0.23 6mm Rings
0.31 8mm Rings
0.39 10mm Rings
0.47 12mm Rings
0.55 14mm Rings
0.62 16mm Rings
0.70 18mm Rings
0.78 20mm Rings

If there is no ruler handy, then the best representation can be the 5¢ US nickel for which the thickness is typically 2 mm. So, the width of a 2mm ring is that of about the width of a standard nickel. A U.S nickel measures about 1/16 of an inch, which is 2mm width.

An 8mm ring is another popular choice for many. You can now easily measure it as the width equivalent to four nickels stacked. Four nickels will measure 1/4 inch, which will be 8mm. Similarly, a 6mm ring will be the width of three nickels stacked one by one. This is 6/16 inches in width and ideally 6mm.

Other considerations to make

While considering buying wider wedding bands, it is important to note that the price also may go higher as the width increases. It is so because a more significant quantity of any precious metal will be required to make these.

You need to talk to a jeweler to make sure about the weight and size of the band you are considering to buy.

Taking into account the natural shape of your fingers, it may be ideal to order the ring which is slightly larger than the actual size as wider bands tend to be a bit tighter than narrow bands.

In a nutshell, it may be safely said that there is no such magic formula or mathematical rules to define which width will be the most ideal for your wedding band. Deciding on the width and style is more of a personal choice based on your preferences and budget.

The best possible way is to visit the local jeweler and try different brands to see which suits you the best. As a lifetime asset to be worn, make sure that you take enough time due diligence before deciding in this regard.

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Akshay Sharma

Hi! I’m Akshay Sharma. I’m a blogger at Imagination Waffle. I love to read and write about Fitness, Health & Lifestyle topics.
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