How much do we talk about engagement rings? A LOT, right? Well, what about the wedding band - more particularly, the men’s band? We don’t think all too much about it, usually because that ends up being one of the last pieces of the wedding planning puzzle. Once the date and venue are booked, the vendors are vetted, the dresses and tuxes are ordered, and the transpo is taken care of, then it dawns on a couple: oh s***, we have to order bands, don’t we? Well, the woman probably already knows exactly what she wants and doesn’t want, but what about the guy? He’s probably got questions and preferences, and before he can even blink, it’s time to make the purchases. So, we caught up with Lashbrook Designs, the team behind one of the best-selling wedding band lines in the country, on what actually goes on in the gentleman mind (when it comes to his wedding ring) - and we came up with a few things that are universally felt, considered, wondered, etc.
But first, a look at Lashbrook.
At Lashbrook they give customers the freedom to create their own rings. They are huge proponents and champions for the charge that you don’t have to settle for what someone else thinks is a great style. Instead, you can choose the materials, the design, the engraving – everything. It’s your ring and you should feel proud and privileged to wear it.
The brand has such a powerful origin story, as they think about their beginnings in 2000 as the start of a journey to change the way men think and feel about wedding rings. 🤯🤯🤯 Heavy stuff. It was at this time that Eric Laker founded Lashbrook. Eric named the company after his great-great-grandfather, Lashbrook, an immigrant who was among the first western settlers. With nothing but earth’s natural resources and landscape to work with, Lashbrook helped build a city and lay the foundation for what is today the thriving state of Utah – truly a pioneer for his time.
Today, the company continues to honor its namesake and pioneering spirit by innovating and consistently breaking molds. They started with just a handful of styles that were finished in Eric's garage, but now they’ve progressed to millions of style variations. Every ring is made from scratch with high-tech machinery and high-touch craftsmanship from their state-of-the-art facility located in Draper, Utah.
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Customers choose the ring that speaks to them and then they customize it to their liking (and really, they’re legit, you can create yours from start to finish using Lashbrook’s online guided ring builder, which houses more than one billion style variations so that you can design a ring that you want and love to wear). From there, they’ll take the order as if it were a fresh, gourmet meal request. Each ring is made to order using authentic material (no fakes or knock-offs here!) and a “high-tech, high-touch” method of production. High-tech with their investment in state-of-the-art machinery and lasers. High-touch in that they handle each ring by hand to polish, finish and customize with diamonds or any other materials the customer may desire. Guys can have just as many bells and whistles on their wedding band as their ladies do.
Lashbrook’s success in custom, handmade wedding bands places the brand as the leader in the men’s wedding ring industry. The company has received 25 international design awards, and is continually recognized as one of the best-selling wedding band lines in the country. Not to mention, the first to do things like launch a camo line, a carbon fiber line, a Damascus Steel line. NBD.
The ring is mostly about her, right? Why should this be a huge deal for me?
Okay, so that’s one of the first signs of flawed thinking, because yes, it’s a huge deal for her, but it should also be a huge deal for you, too. Wedding rings represent what Lashbrook treasures the most – the never ending love and commitment shared between two people in marriage. And every ring can and should hold special meaning and symbolism unique to each couple. Not just one person or the other, but the two, together.
I’m not a big jewelry person, I don’t like gold, either, do I have to go so classic?
Absolutely not. Anciently, wedding rings were made of only the most precious metals, a symbol in and of itself. Today, rings are made in many materials to match the lifestyles, tastes and history of the diverse people who wear them. There’s no reason any guy should feel pressured to go with gold or something similar, just because it’s standard and boilerplate. And actually, if you recognize already that you’re not a big jewelry wearer or feel like you’ll be working against it (maybe you’re outdoorsy and always have your hands dirty or callused or the like), then look for something that’ll fit your flow.
She’s got a very specific style in mind, does my band have to match?
It can, but it definitely doesn’t have to! Just like the uniqueness of modern marriages and relationships, men and women can have totally complementary or differing styles of wedding rings - and still make an awesome team. My brother-in-law, a former marine and active, super outdoorsy/wilderness-wild hunter guy knew that his wife wanted a traditional white gold band with inset diamonds, but he was all about a style that spoke more about his personality and hobbies and interests. So, she got him a Damascus Steel ring with inset antler wood. When they had the styled photos of their rings laid out, on their wedding day, they didn’t look anything alike - but that’s what was so epic. Two unique rings, one solid marriage.
How much will this ring cost me?
The Lashbrook team recognizes the fact that wedding planning isn’t cheap, that’s why their rings aren’t crazy expensive. Ahh, every future husband can now take a breath. Rings start at $240, with greater customization and specialization adding to the overall expense. But to be honest, as opposed to the limited and fairly pricey metallic options that women are afforded, men have a myriad of choices to consider, to fit any and every budget. And they come with a lifetime warranty, too... So, there's that!
If all your questions have been squashed, and you’re ready to get into this very important part of the groom game, then start building your ring now!
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