Post # 1
I’m marrying a guy from the Czech republic and apparently in some (most?) Eastern European Countries – it is traditional to wear your ring on your right hand. Anyone considering doing this? I was thinking about maybe wearing my wedding band on my left hand an my engagement ring on my right, because:
1. It would be nice to incorporate his tradition into it.
2. I’m left handed and I find the stone gets caught on things sometimes
3. I like the idea of keeping them separate so they don’t rub together (I don’t want to get them soldered.
Anyone considered doing this?
Post # 3
Hmmm, I’m Ukrainian and I’ve never heard of this. I’m pretty sure my parents wear theirs on the left hand. I’m left handed as well and I wasn’t going to get my rings soldered, but I was planning to wear them together because I like how they look. I chose them to complement each other so wouldn’t want to separate them. However, I think this is a good idea if you like how your rings look on their own.
Post # 4
I’m still waiting but my SO is Polish and they wear the rings on the right hand there too. When I get my ring however I will wear it on my left hand because I don’t want any confusion. However, if we were ever to move to Poland then I would consider switching hands to avoid confusion there! My sister lives in Moscow and although she was married in Paris (where they wear it on the left) she now wears hers on the right because that is the custom in Russia.
Saying that, I think you should do what you want to do, and it’s a really lovely idea to want to incorporate his traditions!
Post # 5
It’s the custom in most European countries to wear your wedding band on the right hand. In Germany, where I’m originally from, a lot of women wear their wedding band on the left hand when they are engaged, and then switch it to the right when they get married!
Post # 6
From what I understand from my Dutch and German friends, it’s a religious difference: Catholics wear their rings on the left hand, Protestants and Orthodox on the right. Obviously didn’t stick here in the States, but is still going strong in the Netherlands!
Post # 7
Interesting! Guess Ukraine isn’t one of the countries that wears it on the right – it’s funny how different countries do it differently. I found this interesting explanation about the reasons behind wearing it on the right vs. left:
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, but we don’t hear it in the Antiochian Archdiocese because of the abbreviated service that we use. 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 # 8
I got this from the polish wikipedia http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obr%C4%85czka_%C5%9Blubna
The wedding ring is worn on the right hand in those countries: Poland, Chile, Greece, Spain, India, Germany, Norway, Austria…
The ring is worn on the left hand in the following countries: Brasil, France, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Slowenia, Sweden, USA, UK, Italy…
I live in Germany and I will keep my Engagement Ring on the left hand and put my wedding ring on the right.
But why is it worn on left or right hand? I found this explanation:
The right side is considered as the “good” side – you say something is “right”, it’s positive. (upright, righteous)
The left hand is the one that is closer to your heart.
Post # 9
It depends on the individual. I know a handful of older people from Eastern Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, etc) who are all married and they wear wedding rings on the left hand the same as anyone else. They have also mentioned that they are not the only ones they know in those who do so.
Post # 10
I think it really mainly depends on where you live as opposed to where you are from because most people want to follow customs that people around them will recognise.
Post # 11
I’m Canadian (Scottish-German background), but I’m an Orthodox Christian. A lot of Orthodox people I know (including converts like me), wear their engagement ring on one finger and wedding band on the other so that people from both the North American and Orthodox (often Eastern European) social circles, don’t get confused. I think I will probably keep my engagement ring on my left hand since I am now quite used to it being there, and my wedding band on my ring hand.
Post # 12
Not sure Eastern Europe. In Turkey where I’m from, the engagement ring goes on the right hand, but gets moved to the left hand after marriage.
Post # 13
My Fiance is Greek Orthodox and the tradition is to wear the engagement ring on the left hand and when you are married both wear their rings on the right hand. I am Roman Catholic and so I am used to seeing married couples wear their rings on their left hands.
I think it is personal preference just make sure you both agree on the same hand. I asked my fiance if he minds wearing his ring on the LH, because the RH usually means you are widowed. I am sure his mom would prefer we stay traditional but she will have to get over it.
Post # 14
I’m originally from Belarus and have lots of friends and family from Belarus, Russia, Ukrain, Moldova, and Poland and they all weird their ring on the right hand if they we married in those countries. The younger people who got married here in the US follow the US custom of wearing it on the left.
I”ll be wearing mine on the left 🙂
Post # 15
I dont know about the Eastern Europeans, but Ive had a few friends asked me if I was alreday married because the ring in on the left hand already. Its apparently just old tradition to wear the engagement ring on your right hand, and move it over to the left once you are officially married.
Post # 16
Msshell, it is very considerate of you to incorporate right hand ring tradition! For me this aspect is decided by my surroundings: getting married in the US to an American means I will wear ring on my left hand. But when I go home, which is Russia, I am going to switch (or get a wedding band and leave my e-ring here) to right hand. I think this way it is clear you are married,and you dont have to explain same thing all the time :).