If your partner proposed with an engagement ring, you have most likely been wearing it every day since, Now as the big day draws closer, you might be wondering what to do with your engagement ring during the ceremony. 

Traditional engagement and wedding ring etiquette

So, which finger does a wedding ring go on? Whilst throughout history wedding rings have been worn on every finger, even the thumb, usually both the wedding and engagement ring are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. 

When you get married, your wedding ring should be worn first, then your engagement ring. 

This is based on the early Roman belief in the Vena Amoris, or the vein of love, that was believed to connect the ring finger straight to the heart. Romantic legend states that lovers’ hearts would be connected by their matching wedding bands. 

This might leave you wondering if you should take your engagement ring off for the ceremony. If you’re unsure on appropriate wedding ring etiquette or you’re simply wondering how to wear rings on your wedding day, our guide has you covered.

How to wear your engagement ring on your wedding day

There are lots of options a bride can take with her engagement ring on her wedding day.

  • Leave it be. It’s perfectly natural and very common for the engagement ring to remain on the wedding ring finger during the ceremony. So, although it’s tradition for the wedding ring to sit underneath the engagement ring, you can simply swap these over later. 
  • Wear it on the right hand. Tradition suggests that engagement rings should be worn on the left but wearing it on the right instead during the wedding ceremony would not cause too much concern. After the ceremony has finished, you can simply swap it back over to the correct finger after your wedding ring. 
  • Don’t wear it on your big day. That way, your finger will be ‘available’ for when the wedding ring is placed upon your finger. However, this is often not a popular choice, as it’s likely the bride will want to show off the engagement ring as much as possible on their special day. 
  • Wear it as a pendant. Another option is to wear your precious engagement ring around your neck on your wedding day. This means it will be visible but not get in the way of connecting the partners’ hearts with the traditional ring order during the ceremony. 
  • Consider a Bridal Set. A bridal set includes an engagement ring and matching band for the bride. As the two rings fit together perfectly, guests will be wowed by the combination. Aspire Diamonds offers a choice in desired metal type, including platinum, white gold and rose gold, as well as a variety of cuts in the bridal ring collection.

Which wedding ring should I buy?

Now we’ve covered engagement ring etiquette on your wedding day, it’s time to sort out the rings. At Aspire Diamonds, we cater to every bride – offering a wide range of choices in style, shape and metal. When it comes to buying your wedding ring, it’s often not as clear cut as buying engagement rings. For example, who buys the wedding rings? And how much do they cost? Find all your wedding ring queries answered in our guide on how much money you should spend on a wedding ring

Unsure where to buy the perfect wedding rings for the big day? Learn how to choose a jeweller in the jewellery quarter or where to buy wedding rings in the jewellery quarter. Alternatively, visit our Jewellery Quarter shop today for excellent customer service, lots of choice and stunning engagement and wedding rings for both him and her.