A plain wedding band for your husband-to-be would be, but you do, even on a tight budget, have the option of choosing a more unique style. Here are four of my favorites (top to bottom, left to right in the image).
(1) Mesh. Both masculine and stylish, this industrial-looking ring is made from titanium and stainless steel. Currently $65. Find it here.
(2) Wood. Rings featuring wood inlays are my personal favorites. This particular style also features a recessed cubic zirconium (CZ). The metal portion of the band is made from titanium and includes an inscription. Durable, stylish, and personalized—who could ask for more? Currently $40. Find this wedding band and other wood-band styles here.
(3) Camo. If yours is a military family or if your fiancee is an avid hunter, you may want to extend that passion to his wedding band. The pictured design is made from stainless steel and set with a diamond accent. Currently $85. Find it here, along with other styles.
(4) Spouse’s fingerprint. Titanium Kay offers a fingerprint engraving service for $80 (in addition to the ring cost). You may choose to have your fingerprint engraved into the meatal on the inside or outside of the band. Here’s how it works:
Choose the “Men’s Titanium & Tungsten Jewelry” ring you’d like to purchase and add it to the shopping cart. Add the Fingerprint Engraving Service to your cart as well. (Note: I found it kind of difficult to locate on their site; if you have the same problem, just come back here and click this link, which will take you to the correct page.)
You will receive the unengraved ring and an order confirmation number. Check that the ring fits then send it back, along with a completed service agreement, using the postage-paid label they will enclose in your order. Meanwhile, email an image file of your fingerprint to email@example.com as an attachment with subject line “Image file for laser engraving order XXXXXXXXX” and fill in your order confirmation number. They ask that the fingerprint file be in jpeg format with high resolution (300 or 600 dpi, for example. NOT 72).
Tip for getting a clear print: Use pencil lead and tape instead of ink. (a) Rub a solid spot of lead onto a sheet of paper. This is your “ink.” (b) Vigorously rub your finger over the spot to transfer the lead to your skin. (c) Transfer your print to a piece of transparent tape by sticking the tape to your “inked” finger then peeling the tape off. (d) Carefully stick the tape to a white sheet of paper. You should now have a clear copy of your fingerprint. Scan the print at high DPI and email it to the above email address.