Wedding rings are a time-worn tradition and are exchanged by the couple to show the world they have married the love of their life. Here's a few frequently asked questions about wedding rings.
What finger does the wedding ring go on?
In many cultures, the ring finger is the fourth finger on the left hand. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring on this finger originated from the belief that this finger has a vein running directly to the heart. So it's the wedding ring then the engagement ring.
What do I do with my engagement ring at the ceremony?
If your engagement ring will fit on your other hand, switch it over before the ceremony. Your partner can slide the wedding ring up your left finger, then when you go to sign the certificates, move your engagement ring over.
Can I wear my wedding ring on a different finger?
Absolutely! There are no rules around this so whether you choose to uphold a time-old tradition or create your own is a personal choice and entirely up to you.
Do we have to wear a wedding ring?
Rings are a way to show you are married but if your personal choice is to not wear a ring, go for it?
When do we exchange rings in the ceremony?
Your ceremony will be designed by your celebrant and often ring giving is near the end of the ceremony. But, it's your ceremony so if you'd like to do it at the beginning let your celebrant know. Once again there are no rules about this.
Who brings the rings?
It was usually the Best Man who looked after the rings and presented them to the couple at that point in the ceremony. Today it can be anyone. A ring bearer, parents, grandparents or a furry friend.
What is a ring warming?
This is symbolic moment that you can include in your ceremony. The rings can be passed from guest to guest during the ceremony, with their love and best wishes being given as they hold the rings. If that scares the heck out of you, then ask two important people to warm the rings for you. It's a lovely way to include someone in your ceremony who didn't make it into your wedding party.
What should we put the rings in?
I prefer the rings to be in one box, but you could attach them to a ring pillow for a child to carry down the aisle, in an organza pouch with drawstring, or just in someone's pocket (maybe not on a beach though).