Traditionally, wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. This is due to an Ancient Egyptian tradition that was adopted by the Romans that suggested that the vein in that finger leads directly to the heart. The theory ran that wearing the ring on this finger would keep the ring closer to the heart and, therefore, reinforce the feeling of love for your partner. Now, however, different countries favour either the right or the left hand, but in the UK, we remain staunchly romantic and continue the Egyptian tradition.
The question of etiquette arises in the wearing of engagement and platinum wedding rings simultaneously. During the period of engagement, the bride-to-be is traditionally supposed to wear the engagement ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. This signifies that the woman is engaged and is ‘leaving space’ on her left hand for the wedding ring itself.Once the ceremony is complete, what is done with the engagement ring? Some brides have their engagement and wedding rings designed as a matching
Once the ceremony is complete, what is done with the engagement ring? Some brides have their engagement and wedding rings designed as a matching set so that they can be worn together. Tradition suggests that the most significant ring is the one that is worn closest to the hand, so you are likely to see women putting their wedding rings on first, followed by the engagement ring. In practical terms, this also allows you to remove the engagement ring much more easily in the event that you are doing something where you might risk it falling off and becoming lost. At the end of the day, tradition aside, the choice is entirely up to you. As long as your ring fits comfortably and you like the way it looks, it shouldn’t make any difference how you choose to wear your wedding ring.