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The Proper Way to Wear a Wedding-Ring Set

Updated February 21, 2017

There is a wide range of choices in wedding-ring sets. The bands can be made of white- or yellow-gold, silver, platinum or now titanium, and set with diamonds or other precious or semiprecious stones. Wedding-ring sets represent the commitments the bride and groom make to each other. Although many brides wear their wedding-ring sets on the finger of their choice, there are some traditions about the proper way the rings are to be worn.

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Most Common Practice

For a traditional engagement- and wedding-ring set, the bride moves the engagement ring to her right hand right before the wedding ceremony. Once the wedding ceremony is over, the bride wears the wedding band on the fourth (or ring) finger of the left hand with the engagement ring next to it, nearer to the knuckle.

Sometimes the wedding band doubles as a ring guard. Before the wedding ceremony, the bride moves the engagement ring to her right hand. When the ceremony is over, the bride places the engagement ring inside the ring guard and then wears the set on the fourth finger of her left hand.

Jewish Tradition

Before a Jewish wedding ceremony, the woman's engagement ring can be worn on any finger but the index finger of the right hand. During the ceremony, the wedding band is placed on the index finger of her right hand.

According to Wedding Vendors, the Jewish wife traditionally wears her wedding ring on her index or middle finger. However, many brides adopt the most common practice of wearing the wedding band on the fourth finger of the left hand with the engagement ring worn next to it on that finger, closer to the knuckle.

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About the Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.

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