We all know that everyone wears their wedding ring on the left ring finger. But why?
Here, the story behind left hand ring placement and whether or not you have to follow this custom.
The story of wearing your wedding ring on the left hand comes from ancient Roman and Greek times. Back in those day, the Romans believed that the vein in the ring finger (the fourth finger) on the left hand ran directly to one’s heart. Because of that belief, they called that vein the vein of love. So, to solidify a union based on love, they use to place the ring on that finger that housed the vein of love to signify the romance the newly married couple shares. A special physical representation of two hearts being connected.
Western cultures have pretty much accepted this age old wives tale to be true, wearing the engagement and then the wedding rings on that left ring finger. Many people in Europe, however, choose to wear their wedding rings on the right hand’s ring finger. Ultimately, the choice is yours!
However the Chinese have a different point of view on this topic.They say each finger represents a different relationship:
- Your thumb represents your parents.
- Your index finger represents your siblings
- Your middle finger represents yourself.
- Your fourth finger represents your life partner
- The little finger represents your children.
As for wearing a wedding ring, it’s completely up to your personal preference, but it’s of course a good way to symbolize your union. If not, you may make like some celebs and get a tattoo on that finger to signify your marriage — you can even do both if you want!