A marriage proposal includes the giving of an engagement ring to the woman. Women then wear this ring on the third finger of the left hand. Engagement rings often include diamonds whether a solitaire or multiple diamonds, or other gemstones on the gold ring. The tradition of giving an engagement ring dates back to when a man would give a valuable ring in exchange for the father’s approval of the marriage. The circular shape of the ring also gives the meaning of eternity and infinity symbolising the couple’s commitment and the hole can be a symbol of a doorway into the future.
Wedding rings are exchanged during the wedding ceremony. They are often a simple gold band, (compared to the more extravagant engagement ring), although can include small diamonds or gems. The groom’s wedding ring is normally thicker in width. Gold is a popular choice for rings, although other precious metals are also chosen. This wedding ring is also worn on the left hand on the third finger, next to the engagement ring. Brides often wear their engagement ring on their right hand during the wedding ceremony, so they can then place it back on their finger next to the wedding ring after the ceremony, so the two rings are then next to each other. Many couples are purchasing the engagement ring and wedding ring as a set so they match nicely.
The choice of the engagement ring and wedding rings can vary greatly. Whether you choose an extravagant set of rings or a simpler band, gold or another metal. The type and style is a personal choice for you to put on the hand of the one you love and say “I Do” with.