It may not be something you and your fiancé have considered, but a wedding ring for a man is a mystery we are going to explore. Why do some men not wear a wedding ring?
It was only recently that men started wearing wedding rings. Women have been wearing weddings rings for centuries but men have not. The ring symbolises everlasting love which can be traced for thousands of years, but not for the men!
It was during the Second World War that the men’s wedding ring became more popular. It became custom for those US soldiers going to war to publicise their wedding status, and this was through the wedding ring. These soldiers were very happy to declare their love for their wives who they were leaving behind and was an expression of their commitment. Since then a man’s wedding ring has stuck.
In today’s society it would be unusual if a man was not to wear a wedding ring, as we have adapted to it so much. Although some still feel they should not wear one.
There are a few things to consider. Firstly, it displays their marital status for everyone to see. Secondly it is not common for men to wear jewellery and they may not feel comfortable wearing it. Some men have never worn jewellery before and this is something completely new to them.
As silly as it might sound, those men that have never wore jewellery and have to contemplate with the idea of permanently wearing a piece will be thinking “Is it heavy?” “Does it rub?” This is becoming less of an issue as the man’s wedding ring is becoming more common.
It is worth considering the culture of the groom. In some cultures the idea of a man wearing a wedding ring would never be considered due to religion.
There are also the practicalities. If a man works in trade as a builder, wearing a wedding ring is not practical. Not only can it get damaged but for health and safety reasons jewellery has to be removed.
Wearing the wedding ring is just one choice a man has to make when getting married in order to make his commitment to his future wife.
What ring should it be put on?
It is tradition that the man wears the ring on the same finger as the bride. The ring finger is fourth finger on the left hand, meant to be the finger that is closest to your heart. The reasoning behind this came from the Greeks who thought that the artery in this finger ran straight through to your heart.
Ok so you have both decided you will wear wedding rings. The choices are now endless. Do you have matching rings in the same metal? Do you have them engraved? What style?
Many couples have matching rings but still look different. In other words the man’s wedding ring is usually wider than the woman’s as it needs to look a good fit next to her engagement ring.....
Engagement rings? That is another story.