Post # 1
So I am Greek Orthodox. It is customary that your wedding ring be placed on your right hand. This tends to be the case only in Greece as I have noticed not too many people do so here in Canada.
I like following tradition… Plus this works out better for me because I am left handed and also have short fingers (well my standard of short) and it will look chunky having two rings on one finger.
So I am thinking to keep my engagement ring on my left and my wedding band on my right.
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
@MrsTickledPink: Go for it! I doubt many people even notice, really. 🙂
Post # 4
I think it’s cool and you should go for it. I’m sure you will have to explain here and there why your wedding band is on the right handed finger. I worked with a girl who married a guy with a different ethnicity than hers and she wore her wedding band on her right finger. It’s cool to keep traditions alive!! 🙂
Post # 5
I’m Orthodox too and plan on doing something similar. My engagement ring came with a very narrow eternity band which I plan on wearing with my engagement ring on my left hand. On my right hand I will be wearing a band that my FI found and gave to me before we were officially engaged. It means a lot to me and I’ve always wanted it as my wedding band, but it would look awful next to my engagement ring. I don’t think it’s weird at all. I know women who wear both engagement ring and wedding ring on their right hand, and I also know a couple where the husband has a wedding ring on both hands and the wife wears an engagement ring and band on her left and an engagement type ring (her hubby only proposed with the one ring) and second wedding band on her right hand. I say do whatever feels right to you.
Post # 6
Etiquette Snob here… lol
BTW, I believe you aren’t alone in this… there are other Countries / Religions that wear their Wedding Rings on the Right Hand.
Today with the trend to Bigger / Wider ERings, there are many Women who choose to wear their two rings (ERing & WBand) on different fingers. No big deal
I myself have 3 Rings… 1 ERing and 2 WBands (1 Sparkly & 1 Plain)
I enjoy mixing things up as the mood strikes me… 1, 2, 3 rings at a time… mix & match, or stack em.
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
@MrsTickledPink: I think that’s totally fine. I think a lot of people in countries in Middle Europe have their wedding band on the right hand as well. (Germany, Austria, Switzerland…) My mom sure does 😀
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Do it! I love keeping cultural traditions! And you’re a leftie, so it’s very practical. All good!
Post # 9
FI has to wear his on his right hand because of an accident when he was younger. It would sit up too high on his left hand due to a little bit of a webbed effect between his ring and middle fingers.
I don’t think anyone will really notice which hand you wear it on anyway.
Post # 10
@MrsTickledPink: sounds like a plan, Stan.
Post # 11
@MrsTickledPink: Do whatever makes you happiest.
I have seen a few people with their rings on the right hand, and I never think anything negative. The opposite on the contrary, I like seeing people keep up their customs/traditions even when it goes against the majority.
Post # 12
Well it seems like the Bees have spoken… thank you ladies. It makes me feel a lot better that you all support the idea of wearing my wedding band on my right 🙂 I will just have to be prepared for answer peoples questions.
I came across this passage that explains why it is worn on the right hand… though you ladies might find it interesting:
“It has always been the tradition of the Church to place the wedding ring on the right hand of the couple based on biblical references. This is seen very clearly in one of the prayers in the Betrothal Service. A portion of the prayer refers to the biblical references: “For You, O Lord, have declared that a pledge is to be given and held inviolate in all things. By a ring Joseph was given might in Egypt; by a ring Daniel was exalted in Babylon; by a ring our heavenly Father showed compassion upon His prodigal son, for He said, ‘Put a ring upon his right hand, kill the fatted calf, and let us eat and rejoice.’ Your own right hand, O Lord, armed Moses in the Red Sea. By word of Your truth were the Heavens established and the earth set upon her sure foundations; and the right hands of Your servants shall be blessed by Your mighty word, and by Your uplifted arm.” As we see, it was scripturally the practice to wear rings on the right hand, the hand of authority and power completing the pledge of commitment. The power and authority comes from the right hand of God.
The practice of wearing rings on the left hand is rooted in superstition that says that there is a vein that goes from the left hand directly to the heart. This medieval superstition, like many others, was brought to America from Western Europe no doubt. Unfortunately, too many people today just follow what the majority in society do without truly understanding its meaning. Hopefully, with education and faith we will maintain the richness and meaningfulness of the Orthodox faith.”
Post # 13
I’m Serbian and most Serbs wear their ring(s) on the right hand too! My husband is Norwegian and they do it this way too. However we live in Canada and thus we prefer to wear ours on our left hands. This is mostly because we are young, and we want there to be no mistake that we are, in fact, married! We just wear our bands, which are easy to mistake for non-wedding rings if we were to wear them on our right hands. I want people to know I’m married, and it’s not obvious, to me, unless it’s a wedding set on the right hand.
I think it’s quite a different story if you wear both rings as a set. It definitely looks intentional if you wear both on the right hand. I have young married friends my age who wear both their rings on the right hand, and if you wear both rings there, I think it “looks married.” In other words, if you wear both, it’s obviosu that you’re not just wearing a RHR. People will probably just assume you’re left-handed, which is true, if you wear them on your right hand.
Post # 14
You do what makes you happy! There’s nothing wrong with that. I know plenty of ladies that don’t wear both on the 1 finger.