It’s time for Ask Wedding Experience, where we answer (or do our best to answer) your most pressing wedding-related questions, no matter how weird OR common they might be. In this feature, we explore one of the oldest wedding tradition questions – why do wedding rings go on the left ring finger of the bride or groom? The Wedding Experience team takes its best shot at giving you the answer below.
Why Do Wedding Rings Go On The Left Ring Finger, Anyway?
Unlike many common wedding traditions that stem from Christianity, this tradition can actually be traced all the way back to traditions in Greek and Roman ceremonies, thousands of years ago! In those times, Romans believed the vein in the ring finger was very significant. Specifically, they believed that this vein ran directly to a person’s heart. It was even known as “vena amoris”, translating to “vein of love”. Since this was the case, it made sense that the couple would each commemorate their marriage by wearing their rings on both veins of love – thus symbolizing the joining of their two special fingers.
Now, this tradition isn’t exactly universal in modern times. Many European newlyweds will choose to wear the ring on the right ring finger instead. However, most Western couples have adopted this tradition throughout the ages. You can learn even more about this at this helpful post that discusses the tradition further.
One thing to remember – while it is a tradition, traditions always change. Do not feel that you are forced to stick this custom with your own wedding. However, if you do, you’ll be joining literally centuries of other couples. By symbolizing your love the same way, you play your part in an age old tradition!