Alternative Ways to Wear Your Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

Stack it, switch it, skip it—girl, you've got options

Updated 10/22/19

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Wearing your wedding band on your left hand dates back to Roman tradition and the ancient belief that a vein ran directly from the left ring finger to the heart. The science may have been debunked, but that idea of a vena amoris, or a love vein, holds strong today, which is the reason why when your fiancé got down on one knee, they most likely slipped a ring on your left hand (or intended to, anyway). While wearing your band with your engagement ring stacked on top, or outside of your band, is the most common arrangement, there are many other ways to mix and match rings to flaunt your new married status.

If you’re a ring stack devotee, consider purchasing more than one wedding band that you can layer on either side of your ring, creating layers of sparkle around your engagement ring. They could be jeweled, plain, or a mix of both—whatever fits your style and flatters your engagement ring.

Don’t want your right hand to be left out? Wear your wedding band on your left hand, but switch your engagement ring to your right hand. You can always add anniversary bands to create a pretty stack later.

Lefties, rejoice! In some countries and cultures, such as some orthodox Christian communities, wedding rings are worn on the right hand instead of the left, freeing up your dominant hand for tasks that an engagement ring could get in the way of.

If you're inclined to go completely hands-free—either just for a particularly adventurous experience (hello, white water rafting) or full time—you can always slip your rings on a favorite chain and secure them around your neck for a boho necklace with both piece of mind and all the ooey-gooey feels.

Last, but not least, you can also skip the wedding band altogether: Instead, use your engagement ring to symbolize your marriage, as well, and have your fiancé slip it back on your hand as you exchange vows.

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