Which hand does the engagement ring go on? Traditionally, women wore engagement rings on the third finger of their left hand (next to the pinky) because in a world before medical science, people believed that there was a vein that traveled right to the heart from that finger. A wedding ring worn on this finger is therefore symbolic of romantic love.
In Western culture, this practice was first adopted during Roman wedding ceremonies, and continued through the centuries. However, in many countries around the world, it is a tradition to wear an engagement ring on the right hand. This is because some cultures consider the left hand to be unlucky. Russia, Norway, and India are a few of the countries that wear engagement rings on the right hand. In Sweden and Chile, people wear their engagement ring on their right hand and move it to their left hand after getting married.
Although Western engagement rings and wedding bands are steeped in ritual and tradition, it is becoming more and more acceptable to make a personal decision about how to wear your own. Some, of course, choose not to wear rings at all. Some make the decision based on which hand is their dominant. By choosing your engagement ring hand as the less dominant, it is less likely to get damaged or uncomfortable.
Which finger do I wear my engagement ring on for my wedding?
Typically, brides will place their engagement ring on their right-hand ring finger for the ceremony. This is so that your wedding band can be worn closest to your heart. You can always choose to move your engagement ring back to your left hand after the ceremony.