What’s the Story Behind the Wedding Ring Finger?

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Photo by JD Howell Photography

 

Wedding rings are typically worn on the fourth finger of your left hand, with your engagement ring on the top and your wedding ring on the bottom (though some people in Europe choose to wear it on the right hand’s ring finger). So, what’s the deal behind the wedding ring finger, and why do we wear it on that particular one? Actually, it all comes from a myth!

Early Romans believed there was a vein in that finger that connected directly to the heart called the Vena Amoris, or Vein of Love. By wearing rings on that wedding ring finger once a couple was married, they were meant to represent an eternal connection of a couple’s hearts, since a ring symbolized infinity—a never ending circle. Scientists disproved the Vena Amoris theory once they figured out how the circulation system worked, but the tradition has been around long enough now that the custom remains.

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Sorry—this IS NOT a fact.

So, what do you do if you’re not a ring person, or your occupation makes wedding rings an annoyance? Consider pulling a Carrie Bradshaw and wearing your ring as a necklace instead. Or, you can rock a ring tattoo that will cost you way less than a diamond.

One trend that’s also becoming more common is soldering your engagement ring and wedding band together so you have one single ring. This is mainly a matter of preference—if you have to frequently remove your rings for your job, or if you’re constantly worried about losing a slim wedding band, joining the rings together might be a good decision for you. You can also choose a combination of stacked rings, a look we’re really loving at Woman Getting Married.

No matter how you choose to rock your wedding ring finger, just remember that your commitment to one another is there regardless of any jewelry you do (or don’t) put on it!


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