Why Is the Wedding Ring Worn on the Left Hand | Wedding History

Have you ever wondered why the engagement and wedding ring are worn on the "ring finger" of the left hand?


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. It's now known that veins lead from each finger to the heart, yet, we still uphold the left handed ring tradition.

Is the left-hand ring universal?

No. Some other cultures (like Central and Eastern European countries, Russia and India), wear the wedding ring on the right hand ring finger. Others still may choose fingers like their pinky or thumb.



Are you trying to decide if you should wear your engagement ring down the aisle? We've laid out all the pros/cons and reasons why here, "Should I Wear My Engagement Ring Down the Aisle? | Wedding Day Tips and Tricks".


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Chloe Luka Photography from Magnolia Gardens, Charleston

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