You should wear your engagement ring on the fourth finger of your left hand (before marriage). After marriage, you place the engagement ring on top of the wedding ring again on the fourth finger of your left hand.
What is the meaning of the engagement ring?
First of all, ‘engagement’, also referred to as betrothal in English, compromiso in Spanish, sponsum in Latin and Sagai in Hindi is a ‘formal agreement’ to marry someone.
The engagement ring symbolizes the promise and commitment to enter into a lifelong relationship with another person as husband or wife. After a marriage proposal is accepted, the ring represents the ‘agreement’ that will eventually lead to marriage sometime in the future.
What hand does engagement ring go on?
Engagement rings are worn on different hands in different places.
If you are in America or most of the European countries, you wear your engagement ring on the left hand.
However, in some countries like India, Spain, Peru, Norway and Denmark, the engagement rings are worn on the right hand.
What finger does the ring go on when you re engaged?
Whether you choose to wear the ring on the left or right hand, the finger that you put your ring on is the same. For most of the countries the rings are put on the fourth finger (also known as the Ring Finger) of your hand.
Fourth finger? It’s the finger next to the little finger in your hand.
Why fourth finger? Before the concept of blood circulatory system was established, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart.
This vein in the finger was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris‘ or the ‘Vein of Love’.
Catholics wear the engagement ring on the fourth finger of the right hand
Catholic couples wear their engagement rings on the fourth finger of the right hand. They believe that the right hand is connected to the heart of the person and wearing the engagement ring on that hand is more symbolic.
What hand does engagement ring go on after marriage?
There are many traditions related to what hand the engagement ring goes on after marriage.
According to one tradition, the bride wears the wedding ring on the ring finger of her left hand at first and the engagement ring is placed on the top of wedding ring.
If we are to follow this tradition, during the ceremony the husband removes the engagement ring from her left hand to her right hand and he places the wedding ring on the left hand of his wife.
After the wedding is completed, the bride removes her engagement ring from her right hand, and puts it on top of her wedding ring.
Recently, there are too many trends going on even though the placement is wedding rings first and engagement rings later on. For instance, some bride welds both engagement rings and wedding rings together and wear them, while others make no change whatsoever and leave the wedding ring on the left hand and engagement ring on their right hand.
In some of the cases, the newlywed couple decides to wear both engagement rings and wedding rings on at the same hand during the wedding ceremony. However, in the recent times, people only wear the wedding rings.
What does a ring on the middle finger mean?
In some countries like Poland and India, rings are worn on the middle finger.
Who gets the ring in a broken engagement?
What if someone decides not to go through with the wedding after the engagement? Who takes the engagement ring? Is it bride or groom?
Well, there have been various debates about it. Traditionally, it is believed that if the groom calls the wedding off or is liable to the breaking of the marriage, then the bride gets to keep the engagement ring.
However, if the bride is the guilty party, they are obliged to send the ring back. In more recent times, the rings are placed on the conditional gift. For instance, if the rings are presented on special occasions like Valentine’s Day, they get to keep it.