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We are preparing for a validation in the Church (Sacrament of Matrimony). In other words, we're being married in the Church.
We think it would be nice to have a new ring to symbolize our covenant and God's Blessing. We've decided on a claddagh from Ireland. However, I'm not sure what to do with our "old" rings. I've worn my engagement ring (and subsequant anniversary band) for the past 6.5 years. It's a traditional ring with diamonds, etc, and I don't want to just put it away. Same with DH - he has a band that we purchased some time after our wedding that he wears on the left ring finger, and would like to continue wearing.
We will have a ring exchange during the ceremony at which time we will exchange the new rings.
My question is - should we wear our "old" rings on our right hands after that, and continue to wear the claddaghs on our left hand? Should we switch the claddaghs to the right hand (which means you're engaged, technically, but I'm not sure that matters)?
Personally, I would take the original rings off for the ceremony, but then after move the claddagh rings to the right hand and put the original rings back on the left.
Just my opinion though...I'm sure you'll do what you feel best about.
I'd wear whichever ones seemed to have the most importance to me on my left hand, and the other on my right. So if it feels to you that the first rings have more importance, perhaps because of how long you've had them, perhaps because of it being the first wedding, then go for those on the left. If being married in the church is more important, than use those rings on the left. At least thats how I'd handle it
Could you maybe wear the claddagh on the left with the other rings as well, or would that be way too thick? I know my wedding ring/engagement ring are all that will fit on my finger without looking really bulky, but don't know how thin you're other jewlery is...
Lisa, mama to Orion (7) , Fiona Star (born sleeping @ 38wks 12/6/08) , our bitty (m/c 7/27/09) , and Charlotte Athena (11/5/10)