A ring is often a symbol of love. When you see the sparkle of a diamond on the wedding ring finger, it captures your eye and often your emotions too.
Traditionally, we know the wedding ring finger as the fourth digit on the left hand but there’s no hard and fast rule that says that’s the one it has to be. In fact, many other cultures and customs choose other fingers.
Did you know the meaning behind the wedding ring finger stems back to ancient Roman times. They believed this finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart – the Vena Amoris or “Vein of Love”. So wearing your wedding ring on this finger showed the depth of your love, devotion and commitment for one another. While it makes for a beautiful and romantic tale of symbolism, it isn’t the case at all. There is no “proper” wedding ring finger, but it’s a heartfelt tradition that has remained within ceremonies particularly in western cultures.
Some countries including Germany, Spain, Russia and Greece wear their wedding rings on their right hand. Orthodox Christians also customarily wore bands on the right hand and in India it was once believed the left hand was unlucky. These days, couples have the choice of either hand for their wedding rings. When it’s your special day, it’s all up to you and creating your own traditions.
When it comes to your rings and the big day itself, you’re probably wondering how you’ll wear your engagement ring on your wedding day. Most married people typically wear their wedding bands closer to their hearts—so usually below the engagement ring. To make this easier, move your engagement ring to your right hand for your walk down the aisle. That way your wedding band slides easily onto your left hand, and you can then later place your engagement ring on top of it. But that doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do! You can even wear them separately if you like, the choice is yours to make.
However you choose to seal the deal on your wedding day, ensure it’s in a way you want to do it. If we can assist in your wedding planning, please get in touch with our team at Ballara Receptions Melbourne.