Getting engaged and married is an extremely emotional and exciting tradition. With this tradition, there is certain etiquette to be followed and a question we get asked often is "How do I wear my engagement ring and wedding band together?" There are many traditions associated with how you place your engagement rings and wedding bands on your hands before the wedding, the day of the wedding and after the wedding. Your first ring is a promise of marriage. The second solidifies the promise. Sometimes knowing which one goes where can be a bit confusing.
Day of the WeddingOn your wedding day, you should switch your engagement ring to the third finger on your right hand (your right hand ring finger). During the ceremony, your soon to be spouse places the wedding ring on your left hand ring finger. The custom of the third finger on your left hand becoming your ring finger originated in Egypt, where people believed the vein in that finger led directly to your heart. By placing the wedding ring on that finger, the groom ensures that both he and the ring are in the position closest to your heart.
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Engagement Ring EtiquetteOnce you’re married, tradition dictates that your engagement band be moved back to the third finger on your left hand. When you do so, your wedding ring should remain closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring is placed next to the wedding ring. Some women choose to ignore ring etiquette, and instead infuse their own style on the custom. Some variations on the traditional ring placement include:
- Continue to wear the engagement band on the right hand
- Forego wearing the engagement band
- Weld the rings together for a custom designed piece
- Wear a wedding band on your left and right hands
- Wear your engagement ring then wedding band