Wediquette Wednesday: What’s the proper way to wear my wedding ring set?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we’re running an excerpt from Dee Lane’s etiquette column in our New Orleans Bride Magazine Summer/Autumn 2014 issue.


Question: I’m having a debate with my bridesmaids that I’m hoping you can settle: What is the proper way to wear a wedding ring set? And, how do I wear my rings the day of the wedding? Which goes first and how do they stay?

Answer: There is actually a wonderful sentiment behind how wedding sets should be worn. The idea is that you wear your wedding band closest to your heart – first on your finger – with your engagement ring closer to your knuckle – or put on above the band.

Right before your wedding ceremony, you should transfer your engagement ring to another finger –  I suggest the ring finger of your right hand – so that your fiancé can most easily slide on your wedding band during your ceremony. Then, as soon as you have a moment to do so, you can slide your engagement ring back onto your left ring finger.

If you have a full band set (or two bands, also known as a cage), then you should put the second band on top of the engagement ring – closest to your knuckle.


Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email

For more advice by New Orleans Bride Magazine etiquette columnist Dee Lane, check out her most recent column in the new Winter/Spring 2015 issue or her column from the Summer 2014 issue.




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