Today, your love story lives online. Take the engagement, for instance.

Nearly 60 percent of brides-to-be share their “we’re getting married” news by posting a picture of their engagement ring on Facebook (though about one in five of their fiancées think doing so is tacky!).

But on your big day – and every day thereafter – your wedding band will have equal billing alongside your engagement ring, even if it may be less sparkly. You’ll want to make sure it is cohesive with your engagement ring and, of course, that it fits your style.

Start with the metal. For example, 73 percent of engagement rings are white gold, which also makes up 70 percent of wedding bands. Whether your ring is white or yellow gold or platinum or something else altogether, you’d be in good company sticking with the same base metal for your wedding band.

Also keep in mind design elements. Maybe your engagement ring is a full or partial eternity band, or maybe it features pavé diamonds or accent gemstones. You can carry on these elements into your wedding band.

White gold also is popular for the groom, with about one-third of grooms picking a blanco band. However, alternative metals like tungsten and titanium (think golf clubs!) have grown in popularity in recent years, not just because of their unique look, but their lower price point.

Another trend for guys is “man-gagement rings.” 17 percent of men said they would (not necessary that they do) wear a ring to let the public know they are “off the market.”

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