Couples often get caught up in choosing the perfect engagement ring, but what about the wedding ring? Sure, the engagement ring is the spotlight, but a wedding ring illuminates it.
Wedding sets are a pair of rings including the engagement ring and wedding ring. There are several options with wedding ring sets: buy an engagement ring and propose, then choose a matching wedding ring together. You can also buy a wedding ring set, and the bride-to-be can wear the engagement ring during the engagement. During the marriage ceremony, the bride and groom exchange rings and the wedding ring joins the engagement ring on the bride’s ring finger.
There is major buyer appeal to wedding ring sets. Namely, a complimentary wedding ring makes an engagement ring look brighter, more brilliant and bigger. Wedding ring sets also solve the problem of deciding between a wedding ring vs. engagement ring. The appeal of buying a matching wedding ring set is that they go together perfectly, just like you and your significant other. Or, perhaps, perfectly imperfect. Should your wedding ring and engagement ring be the same size? Definitely. Otherwise, there is risk of the rings rubbing against one another, damaging each other, or irritating the skin.
We’ve covered the details, now let’s explore how to wear an engagement ring and wedding ring. Can you use your engagement ring as your wedding ring, for an all-in-one solution? Absolutely! There is no wrong way to wear them, and it’s entirely up to personal preference. You have the freedom to pick and choose what you like. Love the simple elegance of an engagement ring? By all means, rock your ring solo. Want a sophisticated set that matches perfectly? Choose a wedding ring set.
Can’t make up your mind? Choose a set and you’ll have the choice to wear your wedding ring one day, your engagement ring the next, or both at the same time. You can also pick a few wedding rings you love and play around with the trend of stacking wedding rings. If you’re a trendsetter, have fun mixing the metals of your wedding and engagement ring set. The possibilities for how to wear your wedding rings are limitless!
How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set.
They are stacked below the engagement ring on the left ring finger. Many future brides will move their engagement ring to their right hand before the ceremony so that the wedding band can be slipped onto the left hand by itself. Brides can then move the engagement ring on top of the wedding band after the ceremony. Some women choose to get their engagement and wedding rings soldered together after the wedding to make their bridal set one piece. This helps to keep track of it, as well as making it one unified piece so that you can add other anniversary bands while still keeping your bridal set separate.
Sometimes, when women work at a job where they regularly use their hands, they choose to wear only a wedding band for everyday wear. This means they bring their engagement ring out for special occasions. This is also common when travelling, or in other situations where a person may be afraid of losing or damaging their expensive engagement ring. Ultimately, how you choose to wear your rings is up to you.
MEN & ENGAGEMENT RINGS:
A men engagement ring can men wear engagement rings? Of course! Although it’s not traditionally the way it goes when a couple gets engaged, the practice isn’t completely unheard of. For example, Ed Sheeran wore a silver band on his left ring finger when he got engaged. Other male celebrities, including Michael Buble, Skylar Astin, and a few others also decided to wear engagement rings to symbolize their commitment and decision to get married.
Wearing wedding rings diamond or gemstone eternity bands (where the stones go all the way around the band) are popular gifts to mark milestone anniversaries such as 5,10,15, 20+ years. Anniversary rings are extremely versatile, and we always encourage couples to get creative in mixing metals or styles with their wedding and engagement rings for a unique look that reflects their own personal style!
Coloured gemstone accents are also growing extremely popular for anniversary rings (often based on a person’s birthstone, children’s birthstones, or maybe even a favourite colour!). There are no “set rules” about what finger a person should wear their anniversary ring(s) on. Stacking anniversary rings with your wedding and engagement ring is an ever-popular choice, and some women choose to swamp their wedding band for their anniversary ring if they’re not a fan of the overly-stacked look.
When it comes down to it, your wedding jewellery symbolizes your personal commitment to and endless love for your partner, and how you decide to wear it is completely up to you! There really is no “right or wrong” way. If you’re interested in learning more about wedding, engagement, or anniversary rings… a member of our team would be happy to help you out! Write us an email and we’d love to hear your thoughts and assist you in any way we can.
What is the Difference Between an Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring, and Bridal set?
The engagement ring is the sparkler, typically (but not always) including a large diamond or gemstone center stone. A wedding ring, also known as a wedding band, is worn by both couple members and tends to be simpler and more streamlined in design than the engagement ring. The bridal set is the combination of the engagement ring and wedding ring worn together.
When Do You Wear Your Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring?
An engagement ring is made to be worn from the time of the proposal until the day of your wedding and beyond. It is the first piece of tangible evidence to show the world that you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. It serves as a promise of commitment. The wedding ring is added at the ceremony and represents the official bond of marriage (woo!), and is also worn for the rest of your life. Lots of people wear the two rings together as a bridal set starting at the ceremony. However, everyone is unique. Some brides like the simplicity of wearing just the wedding band for post-ceremony everyday life and some brides even opt for wearing just an engagement ring and never added a wedding band. It’s really up to you.
Do You Wear Your Wedding Band on Top or Bottom?
After the wedding ceremony, most people wear the wedding ring closest to the hand, and the engagement ring on top. This is said to be because the wedding ring is the closest to your heart. Some people wear the wedding ring on top at the ceremony because they’ve left their engagement ring on.
To wrap it up: the most traditional meaning of a bridal set is a women’s engagement ring and wedding band worn together. As brides become less beholden to tradition and more into embracing their uniqueness, we see a lot more variation. Double band engagement rings guarantee you’re looking at at least three bands when you add a wedding ring. We also have brides that stack two wedding bands on either side of the engagement ring, for a more symmetrical stacked look. And still, there are brides that opt for engagement ring only or wedding ring only.
The truth is, no piece of jewellery is able to make you and your spouse any less or more married, that’s the job of a marriage license. So whether you live for some nice bling or if glittery jewellery really isn’t your preference, you have complete control over what you decide to be a symbol for your partnership. You may choose to have one ring play both parts of the engagement ring and wedding band, or you can opt to create that iconic two-ring stack. This pairing will never go out of style, but there’s always room to put your own spin on it. And one last thing: think about what you’ll want in your wedding pictures. With the ubiquity of First Look photos, we see some couples regret that they weren’t wearing their wedding rings yet. Remember that you’re in control and you get to choose what’s on your finger.
Tips on How to Wear Your Engagement and Wedding Ring
Rings on the Left Hand
Perhaps the most common way to wear them, this tradition stems all the way back to an idea from the Ancient Egyptians, who believed we had a vein leading directly from the left ring finger to the heart. By wearing your wedding ring on the inside, you guarantee it’s as close to your heart as possible. This left-handed ring wearing custom is popular in certain regions, such as the United States, France, the UK, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and many Asian countries.
Rings on the Right Hand
How to wear a wedding band may be determined by the area you are living in or the cultural traditions you are accustomed to. While wearing your rings on your left hand is common in many Western countries, you will see many couples wearing their rings on their right hands in Northern and Eastern European countries, such as Russia, Poland and Denmark. It is also common in India, Greece, Spain and Portugal. What’s more, in some countries, like Brazil, couples will wear their wedding rings on one hand and switch hands after saying their vows at their wedding.
Wedding Ring First, Engagement Ring on Top
Some people like to stack their wedding band and engagement ring on the same finger. In this case, you wear your wedding ring first, followed by your engagement ring. So how do you wear your engagement ring and wedding band at your wedding? If you go this route, remove your engagement ring before the ceremony so that you don’t have to deal with potentially losing it or awkwardly fumbling with it at the altar. Wear it on your right hand or keep it in a very safe place. Once you’ve said “I do,” you can slip your sparkler back on for the reception or wait a little bit to admire your new band on its own.
Engagement Ring First, Wedding Ring on Top
Another popular choice is to wear them another way around. Logically it might make sense to wear your rings in the order you received them (even though Ratajkowski got her engagement ring second and still wears them in this order). Symbolically, the idea that your engagement represents a promise and your wedding ring crystallizes that promise might really speak to you. Wearing your wedding ring on the outside gives your engagement story a sort of figurative bookend—first, you’re engaged, now it’s official. Time to start stacking with anniversary rings (wink!).
Engagement Ring One On Finger, Wedding Ring on the Other
If you’re wondering how to wear a wedding band, this is one prime option if your band doesn’t match your engagement ring. Some prefer wearing their engagement ring on their left ring finger and their wedding band on their right ring finger. Though not a traditional choice, it’s great for those who don’t have a matching set or don’t like the way the rings sit together on one finger. It’s also perfect for those who prefer not to stack more than one ring on a finger. Aside from personal preference, you will often see couples wearing their engagement rings on the right hand and their wedding bands on their left in countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.
When it comes to how to wear wedding rings, there are no rules. No one ever said you have to wear them at the same time. Some like to wear their wedding bands every day and reserve their engagement rings for special occasions or when they dress up. Conversely, some like to wear their sparkling engagement rings all the time and forgo their wedding bands entirely. The choice is yours.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The potential to make a misstep in your ring choices is mitigated when you choose a matching wedding set or bridal set. What kind of mistakes could you possibly make if you don’t, you ask?
You could mismatch proportion. The eye is drawn to what we like, and right now, your mind might be on going big. That could be fabulous with the engagement ring. But a big wedding band could look awkward or be too heavy for her finger. And if you choose a smaller diamond engagement ring, don’t try to “make it up” by getting a big wedding band. Though it’s easier to find lower-cost wedding bands than engagement rings because they don’t have to have any diamonds, remember that a big wedding band may make a small diamond in the engagement ring look even smaller.
You could mismatch styles. Some guys are better than others at separating their Art Deco from their modern style, Edwardian from Victorian. But most are not professional designers. And while some style combinations are happy accidents, it’s a lot easier when the guessing is taken out of the picture with a matching set from a great jewellery store.
You could mismatch metals. This is a big deal if the metals are of different strengths, where the wedding band could scratch the engagement ring or vice versa. (For instance, platinum can scratch white gold.) A bright finish on one ring can make the finish on the other look dingy. And don’t even try to match the colour of two rings made in different metals or gold karatage.
You could mismatch shapes. If you choose a diamond of a certain shape — for instance, the marquise or the pear/teardrop — and match it with a wedding band that wasn’t made for it, the pointy end of the gem could interfere with how the wedding band sits on her finger. An additional hazard — the wedding band itself could cause wear on the diamond in the engagement ring and break or chip it.