After getting engaged, brides-to-be often wear their ring on the fourth finger of their left hand everyday up until the day of their wedding. Given that your partner will be sliding a new ring onto your finger during the ceremony, it’s not uncommon to wonder whether you should wear your engagement ring on your wedding day.
Some brides won’t consider this until they’re getting ready for the big day, which can lead to a bit of last-minute panic. Even though there’s no right answer, we’ll be looking at the three common options brides choose between for their engagement rings during their wedding.
How to wear your engagement ring on your wedding day
Move it to your other hand
According to tradition, the wedding band placed on by your partner should go on the finger first as it will be closer to the heart. To ensure this tradition is upheld, some brides decide to temporarily move their engagement ring onto their right hand. Then, after the nuptials have taken place, they move it back to the left hand on top of the wedding band.
Keep in mind, if you opt to wear the ring on your right hand, you need to make sure it fits comfortably first as you don’t want your beautiful design engagement ring to get lost or stuck! That could sour the day slightly.
Leave the ring where it is
A bride can always leave her engagement ring where it is on her left hand, meaning your partner will put the wedding band on top of it. It’s fairly common for the engagement ring to stay on the left hand and a quick readjustment after the ceremony to put the rings in the right position isn’t really a problem.
However, a slight downside is that it goes against wedding tradition, which is important to many brides, and your wedding band won’t truly get its time to shine in the spotlight. It could even be overshadowed by your sparkly engagement ring in the photographs. A possible way to resolve is to wear your engagement ring on a chain around your neck.
Don’t wear it at all
You don’t have to wear your engagement ring during the ceremony if you’d prefer not to. That way, your ring finger will be ‘available’ for when the wedding band is placed on it. If you don’t want to worry about your engagement ring while you’re not wearing it, you can ask a trusted bridesmaid or family member to old onto it for you on the day.
Alternatively, some brides prefer to store it somewhere safe, such as a locked box instead. Foregoing your engagement ring is also a good idea if you intend to wear gloves during the ceremony, as a pointy diamond ring can snag or rip the fabric of the gloves.
What is the significance of an engagement ring?
Engagement rings hold a lot of meaning and significance for couples around the world. Whilst in the past engagement rings didn’t have the most positive connotations by today’s standards, over time it has become the romantic symbol we appreciate in the modern era. It’s not just about the promise of marriage, but the devotion and commitment two people have for one another.
That’s why customised engagement rings have become so popular in recent years, an engagement is about the two individuals who are coming together to celebrate their eternal love. There’s no better way to do that than with a completely unique engagement ring that no one else in the world is wearing. It’s no wonder why brides worry so much about what to do with their engagement ring on the big day.
So, do you wear your engagement ring on your wedding day?
The answer to this question depends on your personal preference and whatever you feel most comfortable doing. If you’d prefer not to wear your engagement ring on the day to make room for the wedding band, you can keep it somewhere safe and retrieve it later on. Or if you do want to wear it, there are several different ways you can do so.
If you’re looking for a beautiful bespoke engagement ring or wedding band, contact us at Barbara Tipple jewellery today. After an initial discussion about your design ideas, Barbara will create a perfect, tailor-made piece of jewellery that reflects everything you want. As an award-winning designer with extensive experience in the industry, Barbara is well-equipped to make sure you get a ring that is completely unique to you.