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It’s the big day – Should I wear my engagement ring down the aisle? Many wedding traditions are transitioning out of the modern wedding world. Engaged couples are creating a day that is unique to them, including you. Below you'll find more information to help you make the engagement ring decision that is right for you!
Traditional etiquette would require the bride wear her engagement ring on her right ring finger to walk down the aisle. During the exchanging of the rings, the groom would place the wedding band on her left finger. The wedding band is placed on the hand first, so that the (blessed) ring may be closest to the bride’s heart. The bride then slips the engagement ring next to her wedding band after the ceremony. The new purpose of the engagement ring is to protect the sacred wedding band.
What should I do if my engagement ring doesn’t fit on my right ring finger. We’ve seen brides wear it on their pinky, or entrust it to a family member or friend for safe keeping until after the ceremony.
If you opt to go untraditional and wear your engagement ring, be sure to talk to your officiant first. If you are having a religious ceremony, there may be hard and fast rules dictated by your religious establishment.
If you opt for the untraditional route, you simply change the order of your rings following the ceremony.
If you plan to solder your engagement and wedding band together, consider having this done two weeks prior to the wedding. It may feel odd rocking your left hand without that beautiful sparkle, but once you’ve said your vows you won’t want to give up that precious ring. It also gives you the opportunity to ensure is shines on your wedding day as it will be freshly cleaned for some extra sparkle.
The History Behind the Tradition
It was once believed that the ring finger on the left hand had a vein that led directly to the heart. This old wives tale founded the long-standing tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the left hand and has stood the test of time across many cultures.
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Updated April 7, 2020