The engagement and wedding days are two significant landmarks of your life, which is sealed and proven by wearing its respective rings. The engagement ring is exchanged to promise the wedding, while wedding rings are exchanged on the wedding day to solidify the union.
The rings have their respective places to be worn, and traditionally people in the US wear their wedding ring on the left ring finger. The reason? Well, it was traditionally (and romantically) believed that the left ring finger has a vein (the Vena Amoris or Vein of Love) which connects the symbol of your love and union to your heart.
By wearing the wedding ring on that finger, implied that is close to your heart. Though science has since then proven that there’s no such vein, as all the fingers of the hand have the same vein structure, the tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the left ring finger still continues.
Wearing wedding rings
The tradition of wearing wedding rings has been around for a long time, as the ring symbolizes eternal love. The band, a circle, symbolizes eternity where there’s no end or start to the love. The bride and groom traditionally exchange rings on their wedding day, and place their rings on their respective partner’s left ring fingers.
People in other countries however follow other traditions. For example, wedding rings are worn on the right ring finger in countries like Greece and Russia. And in case of a country like India, while the ring can commonly be worn on either hand today, it was once worn only on the right hand. This is because the left hand was considered to be unlucky and unclean.
The concept of wearing engagement rings, traditionally worn on the right hand, started long after wedding rings were exchanged and needed a new placement to indicate someone was promised to another person, but not yet wed. Don’t be mistaken though, this ring is now often considered more important than the wedding band by society, and you should take great care when looking to buy your love their engagement ring.
Wedding day and after
On the big day, no matter which hand you wore your engagement ring on, it will almost always be placed on your right hand as you walk down the aisle. This frees the hand closest to your heart for your intended.
During the ceremony, the wedding band is slipped onto the left ring finger, and then the engagement ring is later worn atop it.
Some brides solder the wedding ring to the engagement ring either because it signifies a stronger marital bond, or because it leaves them with only one ring to wear. There are also some brides who opt to wear only the wedding band after the wedding, for simplicity or practicality.
This is all a personal choice.
So while wedding and engagement rings are traditionally worn on the left ring finger, this is today not a steadfast rule to follow. We are in the 21st century after all. What matters is that you and your loved one are happy with your decision, it is after all, all about you. =