What Finger Do You Wear A Wedding Ring On? Know the Reason Why

Many single girls may be thinking about this question before their big day. For sure you don’t want to put the ring on the wrong finger during the exchange of vows. So, what finger do you wear a wedding ring on?

It sounds funny but I had a friend who mistakenly put the ring on his bride’s middle finger when they exchanged vows and the officiating priest didn’t even notice. Probably because of the tension at the ceremony.

It is important that you also think about the little things during your big day. Let’s find out the answer…

What Finger Do You Wear The Wedding Ring On?

So, where do you put your wedding ring or your wedding band? I hope it’s not on one of your pinkies.

The wedding band is worn on the ring finger. There may be a number of traditions and cultures around the world that believe in different ways on how to wear that wedding ring but mostly, the ring is worn on the ring finger, or third finger from the thumb, also described as the finger next to the pinky.

What hand do you wear your wedding ring on?

Indeed, you wear your wedding ring on your ring finger but what hand? Wedding rings and bands are worn on the ring finger on the left hand. But why is that?

It has been believed that the ring finger on your left hand has the ‘vena amoris’ or the vein of love. A vein believed to run from the fourth finger on the left hand straight to the heart. This of course, is just a myth as the veins in our fingers are actually passing directly to the heart.

Also, the ring finger is said to be named after ‘magic’ – which probably explains why many people want to put their wedding rings firmly on this finger – perhaps to denote the magic of love.

To date, the practice of putting the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand is the common thing to do.

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“The ring etiquette of wearing the wedding ring is strictly observed at weddings.”

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Why are wedding rings worn on the left hand?

So, do we wear the wedding ring on the right hand? Although it is common practice to wear the wedding ring on the left hand, some cultures wear the wedding band on the right. Indian tradition, as well as Russian, Spanish and German traditions place the wedding ring on the right hand because they are influenced by Roman belief that the left hand or anything left is unlucky.

Which finger do you wear an engagement ring?

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(photo by Lee J Haywood)

So how about the engagement ring? Which finger is it? Like the wedding ring, it is also worn on the third finger on your left hand, or the ring finger. An engagement ring and a wedding ring are promise rings and promise rings are rightfully worn on the ring finger on the left hand. That would also mean that you wear the two rings on the same finger on the same hand and that is the way it should be.

When it comes to men’s wedding vows, what finger the ring goes on is an important thing to remember. The ring etiquette is strictly observed at weddings when the bride and the groom puts on their rings. For everyday life, you can actually wear the ring on whatever finger you are most comfortable with – even on the thumb! So on to the next important question; What to engrave on a wedding band?

How do you wear your wedding ring? Is it normal or unique? Comment and let us know…

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