98 Seconds with Naomi Lynn: Why Do Wedding Rings Go on the Left Hand?
First of all, let me just say I'm sorry - It's been quite a few weeks since I put together a "98 Seconds with Naomi Lynn" video. But I'm finally back at it, and this week I decided to figure out the answer to a question that I've been pondering for the last few weeks: Why do wedding rings go on the left hand?
I thought it had something to do with the fact that the majority of people are right-handed. If you put the ring on your left hand it's out of the way, and there's less of a chance of bumping it, scratching it, or getting it caught in anything. Apparently, that has nothing to do with it.
The story of wearing your wedding ring on the left hand can be traced back to ancient times (really!). In that era, the Romans believed that the vein in the ring finger (the fourth finger) on the left hand ran directly to one's heart. Because of this belief, they called that vein the "vena amoris" or vein of love. Naturally, to solidify a union based on love, they'd place the ring on that finger that housed the vein of love to signify the romance the newly married couple shares.
I didn't just take Brides.com's word for it, I checked many, MANY sites and they all said the same thing. It started with the Romans, and with the same belief that the fourth finger on the left hand led straight to the heart. You may have heard that the vein in that finger is the fastest route to the heart. That's from the same idea. Although, we now know that all the veins in your hands have connections to your heart, it's still a tradition we hold onto.
So in case you were like me, and wondered the reasoning behind wearing a wedding ring on your left hand (and on your fourth finger), you can blame (or thank) the Romans. That's your fun fact for the day. Enjoy!