Many choose to go the most traditional route when styling their engagement and wedding rings, and that’s to wear the two together on one hand. On your wedding day, you’ll stack your engagement ring on top of your wedding ring, and continue to wear the set daily.
If you choose this route, a bridal set could be the right choice for you. Why? Because this ensures that the wedding band will complement its engagement ring perfectly, bringing additional sparkle in the form of a pavé ring or matching metals in the form of a sleek eternity band. Bridal sets are intentionally designed to keep all eyes on the original diamond ring while creating added interest in the ring combination.
Some wear their engagement rings on their left hand until their wedding day. Then, during the ceremony, they transfer their engagement rings to their right-hand ring finger and wear their wedding ring on their left hand. By doing this, each ring stands on its own, and there’s less pressure to match them perfectly to each other. This leaves room to play with different designs, styles, or metals, and gives you the opportunity to upgrade later down the line.
Additionally, you can choose to wear only one or the other, depending on the occasion or circumstance. Wearing the wedding band alone is perfect for every day—running errands or casual outings—or for going on vacation, when you might not want to bring all your fine jewelry. And for those special occasions, some might opt to wear their engagement ring as a fun accent piece all on its own.
Retire Your Engagement Ring
An engagement ring is undoubtedly a cherished item, but some choose to retire them after the wedding ceremony and opt only to wear their wedding ring. This is an excellent choice for those who view engagement rings as items with a set purpose or intention and plan to save them for future generations to pass down as a celebrated family heirloom.
If this is an option that speaks to you, you may want to consider a wedding ring style that’s typically reserved for engagement rings, as it will become the main piece of jewelry representing your commitment. Since it won’t compete with or complement the original engagement ring, there’s a lot of room to play with center stones, diamond trios, and unique designs. Some opt for a unique rose gold ring for a trendier look or add a bespoke ring to their collection.