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Candice
Curious October 2018 Alberta

Wedding Band vs. Engagement Ring

Candice, on April 30, 2018 at 12:21 Posted in Wedding ceremony 0 15
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My finance and I are at odds with how the Rings work at the Ceremony. I thought he would put a wedding band on me and then I add the wedding band for him. He says I don't need a band for the ceremony - it gets added after you are married. He says "In all the weddings I've been to you just put the engagement ring on"

What is the "Traditonal way"?

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Latest activity by Marcia, on May 5, 2018 at 17:23
  • Marcia
    Super August 2018 Manitoba
    Marcia ·
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    From what I know the engagement ring is an engagement ring, and the wedding band goes on during the wedding ceremony. There are different ways to wear it after the ceremony, whether you put your band on before your ring, or opposite.

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  • Candace
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Candace ·
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    You exchange rings at the ceremony which are the wedding bands. Some people where their engagement ring during the ceremony and put the band on top or some have their engagement ring elsewhere (tucked away safe or on other hand) during the ceremony and put it on with the wedding band once the ceremony is done.

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Vinod ·
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    Your engagement ring is proposal and wedding band can match your previous ring. He will need a band too to match your metal.

    If never sure, always asl the professionals what the difference is rather than getting mislead.

    No wedding is complete without the exchange of rings.
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  • T
    Frequent user August 2018 British Columbia
    Terri ·
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    The wedding band goes on during the ceremony then after you put the engagement ring on. The idea is that the band is closest to your heart.... or so they say lol
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  • H
    Curious August 2018 Quebec
    Hanh ·
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    As everyone said : exchange of wedding bands not ...engagement ring ! Smiley winking
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  • Emily
    Devoted November 2018 Ontario
    Emily ·
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    He's wrong. Sorry lol. You always exchange bands. You win Smiley winking
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Admin October 2016 North Carolina
    Lynnie ·
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    You definitely exchange wedding bands during the ceremony, but you can wear your rings in whatever order you want!
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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
    Courtney ·
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    A wedding band is traditional, and you add your engagement ring back to your hand after the ceremony.

    However, you can do whatever the heck you like!

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  • Jessica
    Super March 2018 Ontario
    Jessica ·
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    As everyone said, you exchange wedding bands the day of and keep your engagement ring elsewhere until after the wedding.

    A lot of people keep their engagement ring on the right hand during the ceremony. You can also keep it on your ring finger too, as others mentioned. I asked the best man to hold mine since he was responsible for all the rings the morning of and I didn't want to lose it anywhere. Some people get their mom to hold it or ask their MOH to hold onto it as well. Really anywhere is good lol!

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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    As everyone has pretty much said! You walk down the isle with the engagement ring on your right hand and he puts the wedding band on your left, and then you put the engagement ring back on top of it after!

    That is "standard" at least!

    You want the wedding band to be closer to your heart Smiley heart

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  • Cathrine
    Devoted April 2018 Ontario
    Cathrine ·
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    Maybe he's mistaking what he's seen at weddings. I have never seen the engagement ring used in the wedding ceremony. Wedding bands are separate things. We even did a ring blessing at our ceremony where the pastor blessed our wedding bands, so it doesn't make sense not to have a band at the ceremony.

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    You are both supposed to exchange wedding bands during the ceremony. Traditionally you would wear your engagement ring on your right hand ring finger during the ceremony but you don't have to. I wore my engagement ring like normal during the ceremony and just flipped my rings around after.

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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    I have never seen or heard of that. You always get a wedding band, hence the terms wedding band and exchange of rings
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  • Brittany
    British Columbia
    Brittany ·
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    He's definitely supposed to put a wedding band on you, and vice-versa. You wear your engagement ring on the ring finger of your right hand for the ceremony, then afterwards you put it back on your left ring finger... so the order goes palm, wedding band, engagement ring, finger tip.

    Exactly what Jennifer said, it's so the wedding band is "closest to your heart".

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  • Jennifer
    Super August 2018 Alberta
    Jennifer ·
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    I think you’re supposed to put the wedding band on first so it’s closest to your heart and then add your engagement ring back on after the ceremony. That’s what I’m doing anyways haha I think it’s called wedding band for a reason so I would assume you would definitely be using it for the ceremony?
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