Understand the Difference Between Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Sets for Women
While engagement rings have become the universal symbol of love, marriage, and partnership, they are actually one of two rings commonly associated with marriage.
Do Women Wear Wedding Bands?
Engagement rings, typically adorned with a beautiful gemstone(s), are given at the time of a marriage proposal, and is worn beginning at the proposal. In contrast, wedding bands (or wedding rings) are exchanged between partners during the wedding ceremony. Although the terms wedding band and wedding ring are now used interchangeably, they once held distinct meanings. Historically, wedding bands were simple metal rings worn by men.
As tradition evolved, women started to wear wedding bands as well. With the new demographic, the plain wedding band grew to incorporate more decorative and feminine styles, thus becoming the wedding ring. Although wedding rings still lack the central stone of engagement rings, they often have more decorative accents, such as diamonds or gemstones, than do wedding bands. Regardless of history, there is no definitive rule to which ring you can wear.
Wedding Band versus Engagement Ring Placement
Because the wedding band is placed on the same finger as the engagement ring, many brides move their engagement rings to their right hand during the wedding ceremony, and move the ring back afterwards. Therefore, stacking the two rings on their left ring finger. Traditionally, the wedding band is worn closer to the base of the finger than the engagement ring because it's thought that the ring exchanged during the wedding, should be closer to the wearer’s heart.
Although many women stack their rings on one finger, there are many ways to wear your rings. Because wedding bands are typically less flashy and commonly contain no a center diamond or prominent gemstone, they are often more practical for daily wear. Those who may be apprehensive of wearing their engagement ring every day, may choose to wear their wedding band for daily activities and don their engagement ring for special occasions.
More Wedding Band Tips
In order to ensure a stylish match, many jewelers sell engagement rings and wedding bands as a wedding set. But there is no rule—only preference. Many couples choose to buy wedding bands later, if at all. While many couples choose the same metal for both rings, don’t be afraid of mixing metals! Due to the simplicity of men’s wedding bands, many men's rings play with multiple metal options. Reflecting this style in the bride’s rings can serve as a romantic and stylish choice.
If you desire a wedding band but do not want to purchase a wedding set, browse our expertly curated list below. Our carefully chosen selection provides a great start to creating your own engagement set. Another way to find your perfect wedding ring/band and engagement ring set is to look within our specific ring style descriptions. We usually list its match.
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