How do you wear your wedding band and engagement ring after the wedding? What’s the right order for wearing your engagement and wedding band? Is there anything wrong with wearing your engagement ring after the wedding band and vice versa?
Well, this article delves into these and all other questions you may be grappling with when it comes to wearing your engagement and wedding rings at the same time. And we’ll help you make the ideal decision here. So, keep reading.
Can you wear an engagement ring and wedding band together?
For starters, it’s important to note that you can actually wear your wedding band and the engagement ring at the same time, and the best part is that you only need to make sure that the rings sit comfortably.
It is not a requirement, though, and you can choose to wear both or just one of the rings. Some individuals are okay with wearing both rings at a go, while many others would rather the single rings because they are more comfortable and less fussy compared to the wedding band and engagement ring combos. At the same time, wearing one ring is considered more ideal because you wouldn’t have to worry about losing two rings in case something happens.
On top of that, wearing a single ring means not worrying about the two rings being a perfect match, which is quite reasonable because most people end up with engagement and wedding rings that look completely different.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – that perhaps there should be some order in how you wear the ring, no? Well, let’s look at that next.
Which order do you wear engagement wedding and engagement rings?
Traditionally, the engagement ring and the wedding band are worn together on your fourth finger, specifically on the left hand.
But the order of stacking the rings is not limited, although most people prefer that the ring is stacked such that the wedding band goes first followed by the engagement ring – so that the wedding ring is closer to the heart.
This is not written in stone, though, and most brides will stack the rings in order of how they receive the rings.
Generally, this means that the engagement ring goes in first, followed by the wedding ring, and after a number of years, the anniversary ring can be worn on top of the wedding band.
4 Tips for wearing engagement ring and wedding band together
As seen above, there are advantages that come with wearing single rings rather than combinations. However, this doesn’t mean that you should not wear both rings, and if you are more comfortable or prefer wearing both the engagement and the wedding band at the same time, the tips below will help you to pull the combination ring look seamlessly.
1.Wear both rings are on your left hand
Pretty much anyone who wears both their engagement and wedding rings will have the rings on the left hand. This is the case primarily because it is the most traditional way of wearing rings.
This tradition was borne from the Ancient Egyptians who wore the ring on the left hand’s 4th finger because they believed that there existed an artery that ran from this finger directly to the heart, which meant that wearing the ring on this finger was the easiest way of keeping these symbols of love as close to the heart as possible.
The left-hand ring custom has lived on and is pretty much the only/ most recognized ring-wearing tradition across the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and South Africa/ Africa, among many other Asian countries.
2.Wear the rings on the right hand
While wearing the wedding and engagement rings on the left hand is pretty much the standard in most countries from around the world, a good number of other countries recognize that the rings be worn on the right hand. This is the case in most Eastern and Northern European countries like Denmark, Poland, and Russia. This tradition is also common in Portugal, Spain, Greece, and India.
Then in countries like Brazil, couples will have their engagement rings on one hand, then they switch them out to the other hand when exchanging/ saying their wedding vows.
3.Wedding rings go in first, and the engagement ring is worn on top of the wedding band.
Some people choose to stack their engagement and wedding rings in a way that the wedding band goes in first, followed by the engagement ring.
In this case, you’d have to remove the engagement ring before the wedding ceremony (this reduces the risk of losing the engagement ring or fumbling with different rings awkwardly), then wear it after exchanging vows.
Alternatively, you could wear your engagement ring on your right hand before the wedding then put it back on after the wedding, on top of the wedding ring.
You could also slip it back on after you say I DO.
4.Engagement Ring then Wedding Ring
This is the other common order of stacking wedding and engagement rings, and it is a more popular choice, especially because it is the most logical approach.
This stacking option allows you to wear the rings in the order that you received them.
It is also symbolic because this stacking option means that the engagement ring is a representation of the promise of love and commitment, while the wedding ring solidifies that promise.
This speaks to most people who have since chosen to embrace this ring stacking option. The best part is that you can stack on the anniversary ring after some years.
If you were looking for ideas on how to stack your wedding band and engagement rings, we hope that this guide works for you. Just make sure that the elements of the rings blend well with ease for a more classy and harmonious look.
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Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.