When you are married, you should return your engagement ring to the third finger on your left hand. When you do this, keep your wedding band closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring next to the wedding ring. This shows that there will never be another love as strong as the one you have for your spouse.
The tradition of putting an engagement ring on the third finger of the left hand first arose when a man's right hand was used to cover his face during a religious ceremony. The woman would not be able to see him wear off his ring unless she were looking directly at him. For this reason, today most brides put their rings on before their weddings rather than after.
However, the tradition is not universal and many couples choose where they place their rings depending on what meaning they want to send with their decision. For example, if the couple chooses to have the ring go on the right hand then they can symbolize that they are giving their marriage right away to their partner. If the groom puts the ring on the bride's left hand instead, it means that he is withholding himself from her until the wedding day but still loves and cherishes her even though she is a part of his life now.
There is no correct or incorrect way to wear your rings. What's important is that you and your spouse agree on how you want to display them together.
Your engagement ring should be worn on the third finger of your right hand on your wedding day. After you've uttered your vows, return your engagement ring to the third finger of your left hand, on top of your wedding band. This shows that your marriage is accepted by both of your families and also leaves a little space for your sparkler to spark.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to engagement ring etiquette, but here are a few things to consider:
If you want your partner to wear an engagement ring too, then you should probably wait to buy them together. It's not appropriate for one person to give another an engagement ring.
It is acceptable for men to accept an engagement ring from women's hands. However, accepting an engagement ring from another man's finger is not recommended.
It is inappropriate to show up at a wedding wearing your partner's engagement ring. Even if they gave it to you years ago before they met you, it's still their ring and they are giving it to someone else now.
If you are having an affair and plan to keep the ring on while wearing it into bed with you every night, then this isn't good engagement ring etiquette.
Tradition says that once you marry, you should wear your wedding band first, since it is closest to your heart, and then your engagement ring. They are both worn on the third finger of your left hand. The wedding band should be a symbol of forever, while the engagement ring is meant to be a symbol of your love and commitment until death do you part.
There are many theories as to why this tradition exists. Some say that if you don't put on the wedding band first, you may not be fully committed to your wife or husband. This could cause problems later when making decisions together or during times of hardship. Putting on the wedding band first shows that you are ready to take on the responsibilities of marriage.
Another theory is that if you put on the engagement ring first, then it would be considered "winning" and you wouldn't want to give away your position as leader of the relationship. You would want to make sure that you get to put on your new wife or husband's ring first so that you can guide them into wearing their ring.
Yet another theory is that if you put on the engagement ring first, then it would be assumed that you have already decided to marry this person. While you may not have made the final decision yet, at least you are showing an interest in marrying them.