Week 19: Wedding Bands + Bands of Brothers

Do these things this week
Find and order your wedding bands
Decide on the groom's attire
Decide on the groomsmen's accessories and email them
Research and book wedding night hotel
Purchase jewelry insurance if you want it


Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Now that you’re more than halfway there, it’s time to make sure your man knows what he’s wearing. As always, start with the big picture – suit or tux? Something entirely different?

Once you know what the groom will be wearing – and whether he’ll be renting or buying – zero in on the color of choice, spread the word to the groomsmen, and hit the ground.

If you’re buying, leave time in the schedule and room in the budget for alterations with a good tailor (if you’re renting, they’ll make last minute adjustments when you pick it up). In this case, groomsmen will be responsible for buying their suits, but some grooms will gift the men with cufflinks, ties, or accessories.

Speaking of accessories, once you know what the groom and the rest of his team are wearing, you can begin to zero in on those items that they will need to round out the ensemble – cufflinks, pocket squares, ties and bow ties, socks, and shoes. You don’t have to make any big purchases right now, but use this time to figure out what accessories the guys will need and where you’ll get them.


Brilliant Earth’s wedding ring guide is a great resource for figuring out what style of wedding ring each of you would like, whether you’d like matching bands or not, and what metal (gold, white gold, or platinum) is best for you. Place your order in time to receive them before the big day and make sure they’re safely stored until the time is right. Your Maid of Honor and Best Man will be responsible for holding onto the wedding rings until the big exchange, so you’ll want to plan to hand them off the week of the wedding.


It’s also a good idea to look into jewelry insurance before the wedding to make sure that your investment is safe and sound. Look into whether or not the policy covers both loss and theft. Sometimes you can save money by packaging your jewelry insurance with homeowners or renters’ insurance. If you’re not sure where to start, visit the companies below:


Now that you’ve arranged accommodations for your guests and started to book the honeymoon, it’s a good moment to make sure you have a place to stay on your wedding night. If you haven’t already booked your wedding night hotel, look into a few locations in close proximity to your reception venue and make a reservation.