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Nice Nofret 11-18-2012 10:30 PM

I wore my wedding ring on my right hand (german tradition), but it was uncomfortable (as I'm righthanded) with handshaking and some doorhandles scratched etc so I transferred it to my left hand - which fits in nicely with Swiss tradition *grin* ...

My father wore his wedding band on the little finger together with his Siegel-Ring (probably on his right hand - but I would have to check on fotos).

I prefer a plain small wedding ring - so it is comfortable and wearable, I never take mine off.

Rice 01-23-2013 07:38 AM

In the US, most people wear both on their left hands.

Catherine Helvin 10-30-2013 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by imojeen (Post 1389934)
Is there any married royal not wearing ring?

Yes, the Duke of Cambridge.

Molly2101 10-30-2013 08:45 AM

I still don't understand why William doesn't wear his wedding ring. His father wore one for his marriage to Diana and now to Camilla, and Andrew wore his signet ring and wedding ring for his marriage and Edward wears both on his left pinky. Prince Philip used to wear one but lost his and never replaced it. His cousin Peter wears his as does Mike. It's odd that he is the only Windsor who doesn't wear one... Having said that, does Tim wear one?

I may be old fashioned, but I am off the mind that wedding rings are significant.

princess gertrude 10-30-2013 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1613772)
I still don't understand why William doesn't wear his wedding ring. His father wore one for his marriage to Diana and now to Camilla, and Andrew wore his signet ring and wedding ring for his marriage and Edward wears both on his left pinky. Prince Philip used to wear one but lost his and never replaced it. His cousin Peter wears his as does Mike. It's odd that he is the only Windsor who doesn't wear one... Having said that, does Tim wear one?

I may be old fashioned, but I am off the mind that wedding rings are significant.

You're not the only old fashioned one here. I too am a believer in wedding rings, for both men and women. If my husband leaves home without his he gets "the look" from me. For me it's an outward symbol of a promise I made to my husband and he to me.

muriel 10-30-2013 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1613772)
I still don't understand why William doesn't wear his wedding ring. His father wore one for his marriage to Diana and now to Camilla, and Andrew wore his signet ring and wedding ring for his marriage and Edward wears both on his left pinky. Prince Philip used to wear one but lost his and never replaced it. His cousin Peter wears his as does Mike. It's odd that he is the only Windsor who doesn't wear one... Having said that, does Tim wear one?

I may be old fashioned, but I am off the mind that wedding rings are significant.

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Originally Posted by princess gertrude (Post 1613834)
You're not the only old fashioned one here. I too am a believer in wedding rings, for both men and women. If my husband leaves home without his he gets "the look" from me. For me it's an outward symbol of a promise I made to my husband and he to me.

I think it varies from person to person. I know somebody who finds it difficult to wear a ring as his fingers swell up sporadically. I think it really is not significant, in this day and age.

Jacknch 10-30-2013 02:53 PM

My grandad wore a wedding ring and he married in 1917! I still have it - it's tiny and only fits on my little finger.

Duchess of Durham 10-30-2013 03:01 PM

I told my husband that if he did not want a wedding he did not have to have one. It's only a symbol, I care more about what is in his heart. He wanted one and I was okay with that too.

sarahedwards2 10-30-2013 04:12 PM

My mom doesn't wear hers anymore because her finger has gotten "too fat". My dad still wears his; it used to have a small diamond in the centre but it fell out. On his right pinky is his iron ring that all engineers get when they graduate, which was 35 years ago for him.

Ish 10-30-2013 09:42 PM

I read an article on men wearing wedding rings with a tie-in-to William just the other day actually.

https://www.askmen.com/entertainment/...ing-rings.html

ashelen 10-30-2013 11:06 PM

I remember that my husband brought from his trip to Brazil an emerald ring and I took it as engagement ring and I place it in the right hand because fit me better, when we married in England I put it in the same hand, he didn't want a wedding ring, because he thinks they look like a curtain ring, he doesn't like to use rings, so I did not insist I thought it was ok because he got me the ring and married me! after a few years he brought me from other trip a diamond stone and I have a ring made with that stone for the left hand. and I took it as a wedding ring too, as he doesn't want to use one , I use 2 rings in both hands for both of us!

Osipi 10-30-2013 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by ashelen (Post 1613946)
I remember that my husband brought from his trip to Brazil an emerald ring and I took it as engagement ring and I place it in the right hand because fit me better, when we married in England I put it in the same hand, he didn't want a wedding ring, because he thinks they look like a curtain ring, he doesn't like to use rings, so I did not insist I thought it was ok because he got me the ring and married me! after a few years he brought me from other trip a diamond stone and I have a ring made with that stone for the left hand. and I took it as a wedding ring too, as he doesn't want to use one , I use 2 rings in both hands for both of us!

Beautiful story and with so much sentiment!

Lady Kathleen 10-31-2013 03:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Molly2101 (Post 1613772)
I still don't understand why William doesn't wear his wedding ring. His father wore one for his marriage to Diana and now to Camilla, and Andrew wore his signet ring and wedding ring for his marriage and Edward wears both on his left pinky. Prince Philip used to wear one but lost his and never replaced it. His cousin Peter wears his as does Mike. It's odd that he is the only Windsor who doesn't wear one... Having said that, does Tim wear one? I may be old fashioned, but I am off the mind that wedding rings are significant.

Men wearing wedding rings is not very old-fashioned. It's a relatively new tradition (since the early 20th century).

Osipi 10-31-2013 04:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Lady Kathleen (Post 1613983)
Men wearing wedding rings is not very old-fashioned. It's a relatively new tradition (since the early 20th century).

For centuries its been that a wife was "under" or as an ownership of the man. Its how it was. It is actually a sanctioned part of a lot of religions. The man takes a bride and its like taking ownership of the female.

As a fact, my avatar of a claddagh ring is something that was traditionally handed down from mother to daughter so I was told when my mom gave me mine from Galway. Men never ever thought of wearing them until the last part of the 20th century. This information I gleaned from talking to a friend from North Ireland. He got the ring from his mother. Now the claddagh is used widely as wedding rings and I do think most use it for its symbolism and not the historical agenda that comes with it. Its how times change and the traditions are blurred and absorbed.

Men and rings are the same. Its personal. For all we know, Wills wears a ring um.. somewhere else. The one that matters to us is that it does appear that her ring is around his heart.

Skippyboo 10-31-2013 03:19 PM

Kate's dad Mike doesn't appear to wear a wedding ring either. It probably wasn't a big deal for her. Plus when a billion people watched your wedding on tv, you can't really play the take off your wedding ring and act like a single guy card.

LadyGabrielle 10-31-2013 03:41 PM

I suppose it depends on the individual and what they believe. I dont remember my father ever wearing a ring although my mom did. Kind of strange I guess. I guess if people are comfortable with not wearing a ring then so be it. A ring to me is the symbol of an oath or a promise made between two people, in front of friends and family and in the site of God, to be faithful and to respect and honour eachother for the rest of your lives. I have always seen the ring as a very important part of marriage even though it may seem trivial and silly to some. I was hoping that when William married he was going to have a ring and I was rather surprised he didnt considering they are such a modern couple. But, again, to each his own.

Grandma828 10-31-2013 04:40 PM

I married back in the 1950's and my husband has a wedding ring, but he worked in a factory and could not wear it to work. As long as they act married it doesn't really matter. It is a lovely symbol, but action speak louder than words.

Jacknch 10-31-2013 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by ashelen (Post 1613946)
I remember that my husband brought from his trip to Brazil an emerald ring and I took it as engagement ring and I place it in the right hand because fit me better, when we married in England I put it in the same hand, he didn't want a wedding ring, because he thinks they look like a curtain ring, he doesn't like to use rings, so I did not insist I thought it was ok because he got me the ring and married me! after a few years he brought me from other trip a diamond stone and I have a ring made with that stone for the left hand. and I took it as a wedding ring too, as he doesn't want to use one , I use 2 rings in both hands for both of us!

Oh what a nice husband! There is something rather romantic about being bought a precious stone from far away and having it made into a ring, with such sentiment and importance!

russell85 03-27-2014 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Sternchen (Post 1398113)
I have Never heard that it is a catholic Thing to wear your wedding band in your left hand?

ya i also never heard like this.

Winnie 03-27-2014 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Lady Kathleen (Post 1613983)
Men wearing wedding rings is not very old-fashioned. It's a relatively new tradition (since the early 20th century).

You are correct and it was mostly a Christian tradition which was then incorporated into the service in the Book Of Common Prayers. Prior to that any piece of jewelry was given to a bride by groom {Brooch, earrings, necklace} just to mark the event. The bride would have a dowry given to the groom's parents from the bride's parents. That event was much more important in the marriage years ago. The larger the dowry, the better the standing in society. Actually hate that awful tradition. It was like the bride's father had to "pay" for someone to take his daughter off his hands! That was very common right up to the 1850. Today it has been updated where the bride's parents provide a "reception" for friends and relatives who all brings gifts and checks to new couple replacing the dowry.

There was a wonderful book on this subject titled "Courtships, Then and Now" which is probably still in large libraries.

My father refused to wear a wedding band {thought only signet ring was a proper piece of jewelry for men} but it did not affect their happy marriage since it lasted 67 years before his passing. Mother would interchange many rings on all her fingers through the years.

Actually it comes down to the fact that it is your life and your marriage. Do whatever is comfortable for the both of you and not what someone else thinks you should do.


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