When is it OK to take off your wedding ring?

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It's proper etiquette to remove wedding rings when adding lotion to your hands

After being married and hearing the different reasons wives take off their wedding rings I wanted to write a post about it, regarding etiquette.  Most of the time I take my rings off when doing dishes, putting lotion on, or when I put my gloves on to do some yardwork or gardening (just feel weird in the glove).  I have met people that swear they will never take their ring off, haven’t in 30 years, and it seems the ring has become permanenetly part of their finger (actually they’ve gained weight and the ring would not come off without surgical removal).  This is what I’ve found on the subject.

The best advice is to first choose a wedding ring you love and won’t mind wearing all the time. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match with your engagement ring. You can choose to wear your wedding ring and engagement ring together on your left hand; wear your wedding band on the left and engagement ring on your right; or just wear your wedding ring. (Many women choose not to wear their engagement rings all the time simply because their setting could snag on clothing, among other reasons). If you really love your engagement ring, you should wear both rings. That way, you can still show off your engagement ring, and your happily wedded status.

Others just wear their wedding ring because they hope to keep the engagemet ring to pass on to their daughter or as an heirloom in the family. Of course, once your husband has spent that much on an engagement ring you may want the world to always see it. Some opt to only wear their engagement ring because it has a fat rock on it and they want people to know how rich their husband is doing…….anyway…..

The whole point of your wedding ring is to show the unending love you have for your spouse and commitment to him. It seems odd to me that people don’t wear a ring because it’s “inconvenient” or just “don’t remember to put them on”. That kind of seems like a direct correlation to the status of your marriage. For those of us that have been married over 10 years, marriage is not convenient or easy. We chose to love the person we are with everyday we wake up with and we show them our lve by our actions.

If your husband used to wear their wedding ring all the time and now you notice a pattern of the ring consistently not being there you may be in for some trouble. The main reason a man would take off his wedding ring is to let women know he is available. A married man, not looking for trouble, should keep that wedding ring on as often as possible. Even with it on, their are enough women that could care less about it.

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