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Sarah
Curious January 2019 Alberta

Wedding Band - Top or Bottom

Sarah, on June 15, 2018 at 17:49 Posted in Wedding ceremony 0 18
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Hello Ladies,

question, does the wedding band go on top of the engagement ring or underneath it?

Also, what do you do with the engagement ring during the ceremony?


Please help! This is so awkward!

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Latest activity by Erin, on June 20, 2018 at 11:29
  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
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    I hear you girl!


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  • Jessie
    Expert September 2018 Ontario
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    Yeah I would worry and wonder where it is from being so use to having it on my finger. My engagement ring was custom made too so I constantly am looking and feeling for it on a regular basis throughout every single day lol

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
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    Exactly! I would have constantly worried where my ring was if it were on a different finger or with someone else. It is a custom piece so I really worry about it.


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  • Rachael
    Super October 2019 Ontario
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    I've only ever seen it below the engagement ring. I'd leave the engagement ring with the person in charge of the wedding bands so that your finger is bare during the ceremony. Your fiancé/husband can slip the wedding band on first, followed by the engagement ring.

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  • Jessie
    Expert September 2018 Ontario
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    That is how I plan to do it for my wedding as well. No one will see it and you can change it around before pictures.

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Admin October 2016 North Carolina
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    I actually had one of my bridesmaids hold on to my engagement ring for the ceremony, and then I put it back on (on top of the wedding band) right afterwards!

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
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    My wedding band is at the base of my finger closest to my palm and then I have my engagement ring. I wore my engagement ring like I normally did for my ceremony and then switched my ring set around after.

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  • B
    Devoted September 2019 Ontario
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    Hmm, never heard of this
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  • B
    Devoted September 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    The Wedding band goes underneath (Close to the heart) then the Engagement ring. I’d have My MOH hold it.
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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
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    I think the wedding band first then the engagement ring (and then a one year anniversary ring to complete the look! At least a lot of sets my fiancé looked at had three).
    As for what to do with the engagement ring, I am wearing it on my right hand and switching it over at some point-probably during the signing. I’ve also heard some people keep it on, put the wedding band on top and switch it around later. Some people give it to their MOH to hang on to. My brother put both the wedding band and engagement ring on my SIL’s finger when they got married.
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  • Marcia
    Super August 2018 Manitoba
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    Traditionally your wedding band goes first (closest to your heart), and then your engagement ring. During the ceremony your engagement ring goes on your right side, then after the ceremony you put it back on your left hand.

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  • Brittany
    British Columbia
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    You wear your engagement ring on your right ring finger during the ceremony, your wedding band goes on your bare left ring finger, then you put your engagement ring back on your left hand.

    Same as Courtney said, it's traditional that your wedding band is closest to your heart.

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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
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    Traditionally, your ring finger is bare for the ceremony, and once you put the wedding band on, it doesn't come off. So it's closest to your heart. This means the band would be closest to your palm, and then the engagement ring.

    But you can do whatever you like and whatever feels best!


    I plan on wearing my engagement ring on my ring hand during the ceremony. I will flip it over to my left hand after the ceremony is done.

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  • Sarah
    Curious January 2019 Alberta
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    Hi Emma, that’s what I meant. I didn’t literally mean on top or underneath. Just didn’t know how else to describe it
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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    You can do it however you want however feels more comfortable and what you think looks best to you.
    Majority/traditionally you have the wedding band then engagement. During the ceremony you can wear the engagement in the other hand or finger or have your MOH or someone hold it for you. Then after the ceremony put it on again. But like I said it's ultimately up to you on what you want to do. 😊
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  • Amanda
    Super August 2018 Alberta
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    I was always told that the wedding band goes closest to your palm; closest to your heart. I have a promise ring as well so I have a little poem as to how I wear them:

    I promise
    I will
    I do

    As for my engagement ring during the ceremony, I am going to wear it and then when our officiant asks for the rings, my FH will get the wedding bands from our Best Man and I will hand my engagement ring to my MoH for safe keeping for the remainder of the ceremony.
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  • E
    Expert December 2018 Ontario
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    The weddIng band doesn’t go on top or underneath. It ends up beside the engament ring. The wedding band goes on first (closest to your heart) then the engagement ring.


    Most people put their engagement ring on the other hand for the ceremony.
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  • Tyanna
    Super June 2019 British Columbia
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    Yessss I'm so glad you asked this! I literally have no idea either 😂 I'm relying on my officiant knowing what to do but I'd love to know now!

    Sorry i cant help you out here haha
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