Monday August 29, 2011
Now that I've been given the most beautiful engagement ring in the world, it's getting close to the time when we need to look for wedding bands. I've loved the look of eternity bands for as long as I can remember. Even before I knew what my engagement ring would look like, I knew I would want an eternity wedding band. There are so many different styles, that I'm anticipating having a tough time choosing! I love when the diamonds are individually set, though I've also been admiring the look of the channel setting. So many options!
Here's the twist....I plan to wear my wedding band on my right hand. Gasp! As I'm sure you all know, in Western cultures the wedding band is worn on the left hand, an age-old tradition that signals a woman (or man) is married. It's not that I'm experiencing a rebellious streak or want to show that I can buck tradition, it's really a matter of practicality. See, the shape of the setting of my engagement ring would force that I not have an eternity band. In fact, it would require that I have one of those wedding bands that is open in the middle and allows the engagement ring to slip down into that setting. Not my style at all.
Luckily, my beloved doesn't care one bit which hand I wear it on, as long as I wear it! I also have a friend or two who wear theirs on their right hand, so I never gave it a second thought. That is, until I was getting ready to write this post and did a little research. Imagine my surprise when I found that some believe wearing your wedding band on the right hand means you're married but willing to have a fling! Still others believe it means you're not totally committed to your relationship (which would lead back to the first explanation, I suppose). Ugh.
Not one to be deterred so easily, I've decided to still wear it on my right hand. And to be on the front lines of the movement to declare that wearing your wedding band on your right hand means you want to be sure everyone knows you're taken, no matter which hand they're looking at!