Broke-Ass Category: The Groom


Affiliate Disclaimer NewHey there, dudes! It’s time to talk about rings. We’ve covered the baubles for the ladies, and now it’s time to focus on you. I won’t go into a long diatribe about their significance, the symbolism of eternal love and blah, blah, blah. Instead, I’ve done a bit of shopping and I’m gonna share the loot I’ve found. The list is separated into three categories: narrow, regular and wide. This is important: in the case of rings, size matters. The general rule is the more slender the hands, the narrower the band. However, I think it’s more about comfort. For someone who doesn’t wear jewelry often, a wide band might feel cumbersome and awkward (note that this can be remedied by the type of metal as well).

All the rings below retail under $300, but remember that doesn’t include any sort of extra custom work you might want. Also, I’ve indicated if it’s available in other metals, though the price may vary.
Let’s get to shopping.

Narrow Bands

White Gold Wedding Band from jared14K White Gold Band, $229.99 from Jared

Mens Tungsten Wedding Band 3mm from Jared
Triton Slender Tungsten Carbide Band, $139.99 from Jared

Mens Titanum and Wood Wedding Band from Robbins Brothers Hawaii Titanium and Pink Ivory Wood, $200 from Robbins Brothers

Mens Gold Wedding Band from Kay JEwelers10K Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Band, $149.99 from Kay Jewelers

Mens Gold Thin Wedding Band from Blue Nile18K Gold 2mm Band, $170 from Blue Nile

Mens Brushed Gold Wedding Band from Blue Nile
Matte Mid-Weight Comfort Fit White Gold Band, $300 from Blue Nile

Hand Cut Filigree Mens Wedding Band from Etsy seller tinahdee Hand-Cut 14K Gold Fill Filigree Ring, $40 from Etsy seller tinahdee

Unisex Love Knot Wedding Band from Etsy seller AroshaMode18K Plated Yellow, White or Rose Gold Band, $160 from Etsy seller AroshaMode

Mens Gold Flake Wedding Band from Etsy seller AnnaReiJewellery
Gold Chaos 4mm Wide Band, $173.03 from Etsy seller AnnaReiJewellery

Mens Narrow Palladium Wedding Band from Etsy seller AnnaReiJewellery
1.5mm Dainty Palladium Band, $181 from Etsy seller AnnaReiJewellery

Regular Bands

Mens Titanium Wedding Band from Etsy seller RobandLean
Titanium Elder Wood Meteorite Band, $200 from Etsy seller RobandLean
Mens Cobalt Wedding Band from Robbins Brothers7mm Cobalt Band, $250 from Robbins Brothers

Mens Titanium Wedding Band from Robbins Brothers
Titanium Comfort Fit Band, $95 from Robbins Brothers

Mens Multi-tone Stainless Steel Wedding Band from Kay Jewelers
8mm Multicolor Wedding Band, $109 from Kay Jewelers

Mens Black Cobalt Wedding Band from Kay Jewelers
Cobalt 8mm Band, $295 from Kay Jewelers

Mens Engravable Silver Wedding Band from Kay Jewelers
Stainless Steel Engravable Band, starting at $107 from Kay Jewelers, $107
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Mens Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band from Jared
Tungsten Carbide Band, $229.99 from Jared

Mens Gold Wedding Band from Jared
14K Yellow or White Gold Band, $279.99 from Jared

Mens Etched Black Tungsten Wedding Band from Jared
Florentine Etched Black Tungsten Band, $279.99 from Jared

Mens Cobalt and Black Diamonds Wedding Band from Blue NileCobalt and Black Diamond Band, $240 from Blue Nile

Wide Bands

Mens Wide Cobalt Wedding Band from JaredCobalt 8mm Band, $149.99 from Jared

Mens Stainless Steel Wedding Band from Kay JewelersStainless Steel Band, $149 from Kay JewelersMens Copper Stainless Steel Wedding Band from Jared
Copper and Stainless Steel Band, $99.99 from Jared

Mens Mother of Pearl Wedding Band from JaredMother of Pearl Inlay Stainless Steel Band, $129 from Jared

Mens Distressed Silver Wedding Band from Etsy seller TinahdeeSterling Silver Distressed Band, $50 from Etsy seller Tinahdee

Mens Whiskey Barrel Wood Wedding Band from Etsy seller HawkinsHandicrafts Whiskey Barrel Wood Band, $50 from Etsy seller HawkinsHandicrafts

Mens Brushed Titanium and Wood Wedding Band from Etsy seller GrandJunctionGuyBrushed Titanium Bubinga Ring, $285 from Etsy seller GrandJunctionGuy

Mens Wood and Meteorite Wedding Band from Etsy seller GrandJunctionguy
Bentwood Meteorite Band, $215 from Etsy seller GrandJunctionGuy

Mens Carbon Fiber Squared Ring from Etsy seller ElementringsWave Squared Carbon Fiber Ring, $179 from Etsy seller Elementrings

Etsy Rings Paradise Meteorite Inlay Wedding BandMeteorite Inlay Rose Tungsten Band, $196 from Etsy seller RingsParadise

That’s all chaps! Hopefully I’ve made ring shopping a little less stressful for you.

Any catch your eye? Let me know in the comments!

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    Affiliate Disclaimer NewReal Wedding- Penelope & Mikiya's Charmingly Creative Campground Commitment

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    Alright grooms, I’m gonna give you a quick and dirty lesson about your shirting. Don’t worry — it’s not gonna be that brutal. However, before we get into styling, it’s important to note a few key things when the shopping for the right shirt, especially when it comes to a wedding. And while it may seem that shirts can run on the spendy side, menswear is very much an investment — a quality piece will be sure to last you quite some time and will be re-wearable for a number of different occasions.

    J. Crew Bib Tuxedo Shirt
    Crosby Pique Bib Tuxedo Shirt, $98 at J. Crew

    As always, make sure you’re going to be more on the end of formal or casual. If you’re wearing a tux, you might want to think about a tux shirt (though you don’t necessarily have to). You may also want to consider a French cuff shirt if you’re going formal, and that then gets you into styled cufflinks, which can be a fun accent. No matter the formality, you’ll definitely want to make sure you find a shirt that’s well-tailored and fits your body just right.

    French Cuff Shirt
    Joseph & Feiss White Solid Classic Fit Dress Shirt, $19.99 (on clearance) at Mens Wearhouse

    Sapphire Cuff Links
    Sapphire Pinwheel Cufflink, $20 from The Tie Bar

    Okay, now for the important part: How to wear it. First off, always make sure you iron it. Seriously, it only takes a couple minutes and it makes a world of difference. Another thing to remember is the collar stays. These are those little plastic inserts that keep the points of your collar, well, pointy.

    Metal Collar Stays
    Metal Collar Stays, $5 per pair from The Tie Bar

    As far as having the sleeves rolled up and the top button buttoned, that depends, yet again, on the formality and what’s most comfortable for you. If you’re wearing some sort of tie, more than likely you’re gonna want to be buttoned all the way up.

    Stylist Tip: Full sleeve length should always be just below the wrist. If it falls just about an eighth of an inch out of a blazer sleeve, that’s perfect.

    Choosing a color or pattern is strictly up to you. Mostly, that’s going to be determined by the wedding colors, formality, suits style, etc. There is an endless array of options out there to choose from, and tons of retailers who have their own selections. Below, I’ve posted a few affordable shirt options from some men’s shops you can check out, along with some higher-end pieces for those of us with luxe taste.

    Banana Republic Gingham Shirt
    Slim Fit Gingham Twill Shirt, $80 from Banana Republic

    Joseph Abboud Button Up Shirt
    Joseph Abboud Classic Fit Shirt, $90 from Mens Wearhouse

    Hugo Boss Purple Striped Button Up
    Hugo Boss Trim Fit Shirt, $145 from Nordstrom

    Alright guys, that’s what’s up with button-up shirts. There’s a lot out there, but just remember these three things: tailoring, fit and style. There are a bevy of options, but really all that is just personal preference. Do you have places you shop at for your suit items? Share with us in the comments below!

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    Real Wedding: Tiffany and Justin's Geeky, Goofy, Sweet Brewfest Wedding

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    Etsy TheWildlands Chicago Art Print

    Chicago Skyline Print from Etsy seller TheWildlands Ahhhhh, the Windy City. It's definitely one of the most romantic cities on the continent. All the aphrodesiac-inducing shopping, the sparkling lights, the snuggle-worthy breezes — it's no wonder couples choose this location for their honeymoon. Plus, there's tons to do, from museums and gallery shows to view, live performances, to cuddly strolls through the town. No matter…

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    Etsy Coldfeet Socks Groom : Best Man Socks

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    Flickr Creative Commons Costa Rica Kansasphoto

    Photo: Kansasphoto via Flickr Creative Commons Let’s take a little escape, shall we? Take a break from the daily humdrum and take a journey with me. Think of the sounds of the ocean waters. Feel the warm sand beneath you as the high sun above you browns your skin. You look out upon a horizon of the bluest water you’ve ever seen. Sound better than…

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    Flower 6

    Alright guys, I'm gonna be honest, I never thought I'd be a pocket square kinda guy. They always seemed too fancy and fussy. One day, just for shits and giggles, I thought I'd try one out for a wedding I was going to. Wouldn't you know, I totally dug it. In fact, I favored it over my tie, so I went tieless and open collar.…

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    Combatant Gentlemen slim suit

    Suit shopping is hard — take it from someone who shops A LOT. Let's just get rid of the suits for work and wear T-shirts and jeans forever, #amirite? Well, certain occasions call for a fancy suit and a wedding is one of them. Whether your a groom, a groomsman or just need an inexpensive suit, the list below is just for you. Pick your…

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