Which hand should the engagement ring be placed on before and after the wedding?
Traditionally the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger commonly referred to as the ring finger after a proposal and before the wedding in Britain. The wedding ring goes on the same finger. After the wedding, some people place the engagement ring on top of the wedding ring. This is why many couples buy rings that go well together.
Why does the wedding ring go on the left hand in Britain?
This tradition stems back to the roman ages. It was believed that the vein on the fourth finger of the left hand ran directly to the heart, also called ‘Vena Amoris‘ or the “vein of love”.
Placingthe engagement ring on this finger signifies being closer to the heart via that vein. It’s a romantic way for couples to symbolize their love.
As both rings go on the left hand, why not get a bespoke ring for your engagement that will curve into the shape of the wedding ring or fusing the rings together to make a single ring?
What about wedding or engagement rings on the right hand?
For some people it’s just a matter of comfort or stylish preferences.
However, in some parts of Europe like Norway, Austria, Russia, Denmark, Latvia, Germany and parts of Belgium the engagement ring traditionally goes on the left hand and the wedding ring on the right hand. In South American countries like Colombia and Brazil, couples wear their engagement rings on their right hand and move them to the left when they have made their vows.
Some Catholics might prefer to wear their engagement rings on their right ring finger as they believe that the right hand is directly linked to the heart. In India the firm belief that the left hand is unclean leads tocouples wearing their engagement rings on the right ring finger.
What is the meaning of the engagement ring?
Yes, it does. An engagement ringsignifies anofficial agreement to marry someone. When someone wants to get married, they usually present a formal proposal to their desired partner. After the proposal is mutually accepted a ring is presented as a declaration of agreement.
Wearing it during the time before the wedding signifies staying committed to this promise.
Does the same apply to engagement rings in the LGBT community?
Traditionally, in the UK and many parts of the world only women wear engagement rings. However, there is a growing trend of straight and homosexual men and women wearing engagement rings.
There are no fixed rules on doing proposals and getting rings whether you’re in a hetero- or homosexual relationship. Accordingly, there aren’t special LGBT ring wearing rules. Anyone is free to wear it on any hand they feel comfortable wearing it on.
Traditionally, the groomcalling off the engagement hands over the engagement ring to the bride to be. However, if the bride to be gets cold feet then she should send the ring back along with her apology.
In recent times a new trend has been observed whereby, the female part can keep the ring, if it was presented on a special day like an anniversary or Valentine’s as it came as anunconditional gift.
Do you always have to wear your wedding ring?
Rings signify a loving bond, a union between two lovers and a commitment to a life together. But not everyone may require a symbol to represent their love.
There are other options to signify your never-ending love such as a piece of jewellery like a necklace or a bracelet with a personal message engraved. Some couples even get matching tattoos.
So, if you’re more of a traditional type, put that ring on what you like and do it right!