On which finger should you wear a wedding ring?

Your wedding day is easily one of the biggest and most memorable moments of your life. From finding the dress of your dreams to locating the fairy-tale venue, there are so many things to organise before the big day. But with so much going on to the run up to the big day, it’s easy to forget to plan one important thing: what finger should I wear my wedding ring on?

No one wants to get to the top of the aisle and forget what finger to place the wedding ring on their partner. So, let us help you answer this question…

Tradition dictates that you wear your wedding ring on the fourth finger of your left hand – the very same finger that you normally wear your engagement ring. This tradition is believed to come from the ancient Romans who thought that this finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart. They named the vein “Vena Amoris” which translates to “Vein of Love” and believed that by wearing a ring on this finger, they were symbolising a lifetime of love and devotion. However, although this concept is incredibly romantic, it is entirely untrue. As we now know, this vein does not exist but in the UK, we continue to follow the tradition for its sweet connotations.  

It is worth bearing in mind that although following tradition is nice for some, it is not for everyone. There is no official rule to which finger to wear your wedding ring. If you are someone who wants to start their own tradition, there is nothing stopping you from wearing your engagement ring or wedding ring on entirely different fingers!

How should I wear my engagement ring on my wedding day?

This is another common question that we get, and one that is often not thought about until the day of the wedding. When you get to the end of the aisle, it is custom for your partner to place your wedding ring on your finger for you. However, this will not be easy if you are already wearing an engagement ring!

Most brides choose to move their engagement ring to their right hand for the morning of their wedding. That way, the groom can easily slide the wedding band onto your left hand, and you can return your engagement ring on top of it later in the day.

The tradition of wearing the wedding ring at the bottom of the finger and the engagement ring at the top comes from an old British superstition that states a wedding ring must never be taken off. It also continues from the tradition started by the ancient Romans who believed that by having the ring at the bottom of the fourth finger and on the ‘Vein of Love’ it was closer to your heart.

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