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I'm hoping someone can help me out with a question...FH asked me last night if he has to wear his wedding band on his left hand after the ceremony? We are both unsure of why the tradition is the left hand. We know some European's wear it on the right. I told him I don't care as long as he wears it. He! He! But he is worried if it will be bad luck if he wears it on his right. Any ideas?

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I've read that the ring finger on the left hand was believed to have this vein that led directly to the heart.

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I'm hoping someone can help me out with a question...FH asked me last night if he has to wear his wedding band on his left hand after the ceremony? We are both unsure of why the tradition is the left hand. We know some European's wear it on the right. I told him I don't care as long as he wears it. He! He! But he is worried if it will be bad luck if he wears it on his right. Any ideas?
I don't know what the "real" answer to this question is, so I decided to look it up. Here's what I found:

WikiAnswers - Why do you wear wedding ring on left hand
It actually depends on where you are from and what culture you are from/in. In some Western countries (UK, Ireland, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Iran, Italy, France, and Sweden), the wedding ring is worn on the left hand. In other countries such as Germany, Russia, India, Poland, Greece, Venezuela, Columbia and Spain, however, it is worn on the right hand. Orthodox Christians and Eastern Europeans also traditionally wear the wedding band on the right hand. Jewish couples wear the wedding ring on the left hand, even though it is placed on the right hand during the marriage ceremony. In The Netherlands, Catholic people wear it on the left, all others on the right; in Austria, Catholic people wear it on the right. In Belgium, the choice of hand depends on the region of the country. Greek people, many being Orthodox Christians, also wear the wedding rings on the right hand in keeping with Greek tradition. A traditional reason to wear the wedding ring on the right hand stems from Roman custom. The Latin word for left is "sinister", which in addition to this sense also has the same senses as the English word. The Latin word for right is "dexter", a word that evolved into "dexterity". Hence, the left hand had a negative connotation and the right a good one.

I think that you can wear your ring however you want to. If you really don't care how he wears it, then do whatever makes you guys comfortable.

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Is there any paticular reason he wants to wear it on the right opposed to the left? In my mind, the ring worn on the left hand symbolizes "being married" Chicks might look at his left hand, see that it's ring-less and try and hit on him. If it's on the left, they will know for sure that hes yours :)

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Here you go!

 

Why are wedding rings worn on the left hand? - Yahoo! Answers.

 

"Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein of blood ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. (This belief allegedly dates to the 3rd century BC in Greece.) Because of the hand-heart connection, people named the putative vein descriptively vena amori, Latin for 'the vein of love'. Due to this tradition, it became accepted to wear the wedding ring on this finger. By wearing rings on the fourth finger of their left hands, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other. This has now become a matter of tradition and etiquette.

 

In most Western cultures, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand. In some countries, however, such as Germany, Norway, and Chile, it is worn on the right hand. Orthodox Christians, Eastern Europeans and Jews also traditionally wear the wedding band on the right hand.

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