Do I Have to Wear an Engagement Ring?

Updated 12/01/16

Matthew Land Studios

When most people think of engagements, they think of engagement rings. Whether diamonds, colored stones, or simple bands, the vast majority of couples opt to propose with — and symbolize their engagement with — a ring. But do you have to have and wear one? Here’s what our experts have to say.

Wearing an engagement ring is an entirely personal choice. While many couples do choose to mark their engagement with a ring, it’s definitely not required! You may decide you’d rather just wear a wedding band after you’ve exchanged vows, or forgo the rings altogether — not wearing them doesn’t make you any less engaged or married!

Engagement rings are often a hefty purchase, and there could be all sorts of other important purchases you’d rather make with that cash. Maybe you’re putting together the funds for a downpayment on a house, would rather add a few days or some upgrades to your honeymoon, or want to save it for whatever the future might hold. How you spend that money is up to you!

Considering skipping the ring due to the line of work you’re in, or because of your personal style? Not all engagement rings are intricate designs with large stones. A simple band could be more your speed, serving as both an engagement ring and a wedding band. If you work with your hands, look into silicon rings instead of traditional metal. They’re flexible and lightweight, totally affordable (we’re talking around $20!), and won’t injure your finger if they get caught.

And there’s no rule saying that the gift given during a proposal has to be a ring. If you’d rather a necklace, a watch, or a pair of earrings, that’s a great option, too! There are so many totally classic styles that you’ll love to wear for years to come, even if it isn’t on your finger.

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