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What's Up With Not Wearing Your Wedding Ring?

What's Up With Not Wearing Your Wedding Ring?

I'm sure you all noticed — if not that night, by now after seeing all the coverage — that Michelle Obama was not wearing her wedding ring on inauguration night. Since she wore that enormous diamond sparkler on her left middle finger, her wedding band might have been too much, but its absence sure has people talking!

Leaving the symbolic token of marriage at home doesn't necessarily mean anything, but what's your take on giving the ring a rest every once in a while? Would/do you ever do it, or are you the type to wear your rings all the time, no matter the occasion?


reallysparkle reallysparkle 8 years
I'm not married, but I imagine I'd wear my rings most of the time. Maybe not for cleaning, though.
HisCinnamonGirl HisCinnamonGirl 8 years
Everyone has a different view, but I see the wedding ring as it was described in the wedding ceremony... "These rings of precious metal are justly regarded as an emblem of the pure and everlasting state of marriage as it is fashioned to have neither a beginning nor an end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time, so may this union be in its purity and more lasting than time itself. This ring I give you, as a sign of my constant faith, and abiding love." If you have a job that prohibits you from wearing one (mechanic, working with electrical, etc.) I could understand, but I never take mine off, nor does my husband, unless he is working on equiptment that requires it at work.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
Once I'm married i plan to wear both rings until we have kids and then the engagement ring will be put away only to come out for special events since it gets caught on things now I can only image having to run after kids what would happen. Who cares though what other people want to do with their rings. I agree with the others and wonder why this would be the topic of inauguration night. That's the part that's pathetic.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
I think it's ok if you're spending the night/event with your partner, OR if you're doing something like a sport or work activity that could result in damage to the ring, then no dramas, don't wear it if you don't want to. I myself would be the type of person to wear it all the time - I like to see it as a token of my promise to the person I'd be married to, so i wouldn't want to remove it. I don't think I'd judge someone who didn't though - it was obvious they were happy together, and she was wearing another ring instead, so who cares in this case?
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
This seems silly. They're dancing together and smiling and he was just elected President and she is First Lady and people are freaking out because she doesn't have her wedding ring on? *yawn* I love rings and probably would enjoy wearing an engagement/wedding ring the majority of the time, but if it doesn't go with the outfit...sorry! I'm with J.Lo and, apparently, Michelle Obama on this one.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i love my rings, and it totally jazzes up even a blah outfit... but sometimes i dont and its really not a big deal, its as symbolic as you want it to be, and a piece of metal should/shouldnt mean anything. my hubby never wears his band
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Personal choice. I've already faced the issue of losing a stone in my engagement/wedding band set, so I bought a plain silver band for "everyday" wear.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I noticed it that night. It's a personal choice. When I get married, I'll probably wear mine all the time. But I don't fault people who don't.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
I would love to wear my rings on a daily basis again. However, I worked in heavy industry for 4-5 years. You know, the kind where you lose a finger if it gets caught in the machines. The company said, "No jewelry!" Plus, my hands grew quite a bit with a combination of new muscle and fat. sigh. Gotta get them rings resized, but I don't have the money.
Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
I wear my wedding and engagement ring all the time - except when it could get really dirty/gross (cooking with raw chicken, painting a room, etc). But not for any sentimental reasons - I like it how it looks. If I ever found a ring I wanted to wear for a specific event, I would totally ditch the ring for something fun and bling-y. But my little sister? Who has been married longer than I have? FLIPPED OUT when I took off my rings at a family wedding for someone else to try on. She almost had a panic attack seeing me take my ring off! I tried to explain to her that I was still married even though my ring was off, but she was weirded out that I would do it.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
my parents have been married for 21 years and they never even had rings to begin with! this is such a stupid, non-issue. you can just see their faces when they look at each other and see how in love they are.
avocado_seed avocado_seed 8 years
My parents never wear their rings either, and they've been married 25 years. I don't think it's a big deal. I think they're fingers expanded, or they just don't find them comfortable, and their marriage is not in trouble in any way...
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
My mom is sensitive to metal, so she never wears her ring. I don't think it should be a big deal. There are tons of reasons for people not to be wearing them besides trouble in their marriages
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
My parents never wear their rings and they've been married for 26 years. It's just a token, people attach too much meaning too an inanimate object.
So-what So-what 8 years
I don't have a ring yet but i would take it off from time to time like to cook or to clean it up or something like that. But for the most part I would leave it on especially if i were to go to a big event. Most married people that i know never take it off mostly out of fear that they will lose it, which i can understand.
brandysbug brandysbug 8 years
I feel really weird without my rings, but that's just me. The only time I removed my wedding band and engagement ring for a long period of time was when I was pregnant with our daughter and my fingers were too swollen for the rings to fit comfortably. But, I think everyone is entitled to choose whether or not to wear this symbol of marriage - as long as they're honoring their marriage!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Oh and I have to agree with the person that said marriage is more than any symbolism. Rings mean something different to each person. Maybe to YOU it's a symbol and to others it's just a ring.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
I always wear mine but I never wear any other rings and that's just my preference. I don't really get why anyone cares.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I am not saying anyones marriage is in trouble when they don't where their rings. I myself never take mine off except to clean them and when I go snowboarding I take off my diamond as it doesn't fit in my glove. But i feel that people promise to where that ring as a symbol of their love, when you take it off , you are taking off that symbol. Couldn't she have worn the big sparkler on her right hand? Why did it have to be on the left. Couldn't she have just worn her wedding band and not her diamond. I don't know, her decision but i would never do it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I have for you a golden ring. The most precious metal symbolizes that your love is the most precious element in my life. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between us will never cease. I place it on your finger as a visible sign of the vows which have made us husband and wife.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with this ring, with all that I have and all that I am Response: I will forever wear this ring as a sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
people talk about this ALL the time with celebs - and honestly, it doesn't mean that you're not taking marriage seriously or anything like that. it just means that you're wearing something different. you're not any LESS married if you don't wear your ring, and especially in this situation, it's not like it wasn't obvious that she was madly in love with her husband.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
I don't see it as a big deal some people can't wear rings because they might swell or other medical conditions I just think what does matter is how a person handles outside forces if they don't wear a ring.
red4bonez red4bonez 8 years
It doesnt bother me that she didnt wear it. Not a really big deal I mean they are over there dancing. I do love the way wedding rings look though. I love the simple wedding band. So if she had it on it wouldnt make any difference for me, but i like the way it looks so...
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