Etiquette Daily’s Greatest Hits: In what order should you wear your rings?

Etiquette Daily’s “Greatest Hits” are questions that generated a great deal of conversation when they were originally posted. At the Emily Post Institute we have learned that some etiquette questions never go out of style and are bringing back a few of these popular conundrums for your further consideration. Enjoy!

Q: What is the proper way to wear your wedding rings – I have my engagement ring on first and then my band – but I have noticed most people wear it just the opposite the band is on first and then the engagement ring? Is is okay to wear either way?

A: Just before the ceremony, the bride switches her engagement ring from her left hand to her right. At the ceremony, the wedding band is placed by on the bride’s left hand. After the ceremony, the engagement ring is returned to the bride’s left hand on top of the wedding band. Therefore, it is considered more appropriate to wear the engagement ring on “top” of the wedding band. However, it is still your choice as to the order of your rings.



  1. Technically that would never have worked for my fingers as my left hand’s ring finger is smaller than the right hand’s.
    I myself reason that I first got engaged, so that ring is put on my left ring finger first and my wedding band on top.
    Are there women out there with equal sized left and right ring fingers?
    Interesting question though!
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

    • Winifred Rosenburg

      My hands are pretty much equal so I did switch hands as EPI described. My sister has different sized fingers on each hand (from playing basketball) so she gave her engagement ring to a bridesmaid to hold on to during the ceremony.

  2. Danielle

    The tradition is to wear the engagement ring on the “top” – that’s because that way the wedding band is closer to your heart. I like that.

    I don’t think it’s a big deal though what you do with your e-ring during the ceremony. I wore my grandmother’s ring on my right finger. My MOH held my ering during the ceremony and I put it back on right after too!

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