When it comes to the “right way” to wear your wedding ring, there are many options.
Engagement Ring Vs. Wedding Ring
There are differences between an engagement ring and a wedding ring, including design, placement, and price-point, but the main difference between the two is when each ring is given. An engagement ring is typically given at the time of a proposal when your significant other is asked to be married and a wedding ring is generally given when a couple exchanges marriage vows.
In western cultures, the engagement and wedding rings are worn on the ring (or third) finger of the left hand. The practice dates to ancient Romans, who believed the left ring finger held a vein that connected directly to the heart, making it a symbolic gesture for newlyweds. Ultimately which finger you choose to wear each ring on is up to you, but people will typically look for a ring worn on the left ring finger as a sign of engagement or marriage. In certain eastern cultures the band is commonly worn on the right hand!
How To Wear Rings During And After The Wedding Ceremony
Conventionally, couples wear the wedding band again, “closest to their heart”, meaning the wedding band is stacked below the engagement ring on the left ring finger. Many brides-to-be will switch their engagement ring to their right hand, or forego wearing the engagement ring before walking down the aisle. This is done so the wedding band can be slipped on to the left hand before the engagement ring. Often times bridge will wear the engagement ring on the left hand as well then just switch the band and the engagement right after the ceremony (this is the meth we prefer).
Can Men Wear Engagement Rings?
Of course! In fact we've done an entire blog post on men's engagement rings and bands! Although men don’t traditionally receive engagement rings in western cultures, the practice is not unheard of. It is a symbol of commitment so that commitment can go any which way!
What is an Anniversary Ring?
An anniversary ring is just that a ring given on an anniversary. These can vary in style and design however they are commonly thought of as eternity bands, stackable, or complimentary bands to mark an anniversaries.