Should I Wear My Engagement Ring Down the Aisle? | Wedding Day Tips and Tricks

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It’s almost the big day – You're likely pondering, "Should I wear my engagement ring down the aisle?" Below you'll find more information to help you make the engagement ring decision that is right for you!

Traditional Ring Etiquette

Traditional etiquette would require the bride to 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 the bride's left finger. The wedding band was placed on the hand first, so that the (blessed) ring may be closest to the bride’s heart. The bride could then slip the engagement ring on top of the wedding band after the ceremony. The purpose of the engagement ring in this instance was to protect the sacred wedding band (and the bond of love).

If you want to go traditional, but your engagement ring doesn’t fit on my right ring finger, there are still options! We’ve had brides wear the engagement ring on their pinky, or entrust it to a family member or friend for safe keeping until after the ceremony.

Untraditional

If you opt to go untraditional and wear your engagement ring on your left ring finger, talk to your officiant before the ceremony (the wedding rehearsal would be a good time). 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 can simply change the order of your rings following the ceremony. The groom would slip your wedding band on top of your engagement ring during the ceremony. You can change the order of the rings once you've had your celebratory walk down the aisle.

Additional Options

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.

Click here to read more on The History Behind the Tradition of why the wedding ring is worn on the left hand


Photo: Danielle Harris Photography

Updated December 3, 2020

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