DeBlog: Do You Wear Your Wedding Ring?

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

Twelve years ago, inside the Basilica of St. Mary, a 22-year-old kid put a gold ring on my 23-year-old finger. I did the same. We’ve both sported wedding rings almost every hour of every day since.

“With this ring, I thee wed,” right?

But when Prince William marries Kate Middleton, the Prince won’t be wearing a wedding ring.

Apparently many male royals have skipped the ring.

It can’t be because they’re trying to pick up chicks at London pubs, right? Everyone knows these guys are married!

The whole thing got us thinking about wedding rings. Why do we wear them? What’s the history? What would your spouse say if you stopped wearing yours?

There’s something interesting about having a physical object representing an emotional connection. I’d love your thoughts, and I’ll use them in tonight’s Good Question at 10!

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  • Just Me

    I love wearing my ring. It’s the only piece of jewelry I ever slobered over. I do take it off when I work our, however, not to look single but to protect it.The feeling of a kettle bell scraping it against is awful.

  • Brian Moen

    My wife wears a ring, I do not. Just couldn’t get used to the feel of it. I don’t wear a watch either.

    • ribchick

      nobody wears watches anymore. we wear cell phones.

  • Liz Reddy

    Hi Jason,
    I have been married for 26 years, but I don’t wear my diamond now because the prongs catch on clothes, and are wearing out. Rather than risk losing the diamond, I put it away and we plan to replace it with a plain band. That will happen after we are done paying for college and our daughter’s wedding!
    It’s all good.

  • Marie - Celebration Generation

    I don’t wear my wedding ring often – just on VERY special occasions, because I hate how rings feel. Wearing it makes me fidgety and annoys the crap out of me.

    My husband is about the same, but wears his a little more often. Also, they get in the way of both of our jobs.

  • beejopants

    Timely (for me). I was just thinking about how different cultures display they are “taken” the other day when I saw a Hindu woman with a Sindoor boarding my plane.

  • Pam

    Yes and so does my hubby, for 32 almost 33 years we have. It speaks of our bond to each other and our love for each other.

  • Peggy

    In some jobs it is a safety issue. When working construction or driving truck and working with tarp straps you could easily lose a finger if the ring catches on something. Also it is a sanitary issue when working in kitchens and around food.

  • Kacey

    Yes! So does the husband, I think it’s a nice symbol of love and commitment.

  • bml

    I feel like if I didn’t wear my ring it would be disrespect to my husband. After all, I’m proud to be his wife. He has always told me he wouldn’t keep wearing a ring because it might fall off at work. But after almost 8 months he’s still wearing it. He knows how much it means to me. I ring will never substitute for the love we have for each other, but it’s a symbol of that love and thus, is respectively displayed.

  • Carrie

    We wear our rings every day. Its a symbol of our committment to each other. And, I think it is a good sign for our son to see as he grows up.

  • Hugh

    I do not wear my ring. I have never been a big jewelery guy and I can’t stand the feel. No watch either. This has been the subject of more than one ‘discussion’ around our house.

  • Carla Pfahl

    This year my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. My husband rarely wears his. Usually I find his ring in the “junk” drawer in our kitchen “so it doesn’t get lost”. I stopped wearing mine around year 10. I don’t wear much jewelry and never got use to wearing it. Hey, we’ve made it 20 years, I think our marriage will survive.

  • red

    This makes me wonder whats the point of buying them if people don’t where them? I recall as a child though My father didn’t wear one for years casue he had lost it tubing down the Apple River, suddenly when I was an adult my mother but him another and he wore it daily

  • dee

    my diamond fell out and yet to have it replaced–i found a simple plastic band to wear instead until i had it repaired–that was 3 years ago—to me its the symbol that is important and not the object–even though i tease my husband its to ward off all the guys from flirting with me and to say i’m his and only his…

    • dee

      ps…i’m 54yrs old

  • gerry

    my wife wears hers but i do not. i also dont wear a watch or any other jewelry (necklace, earring, etc.). funny because as a kid i remember i used to be able to wear them. as i got older i just stopped wearing them all together.

  • Liz

    Yes, a ring is a beautiful symbol of commitment. I also know that when God is a secure partner in the marriage, everything else is secondary.

  • Amanda

    Since we are not allowed to marry according to the government, we had a ceremony and we do wear the rings, it a symbol of our commitment and love, it is out special bond

  • stace34

    Personally I am not comfortable wearing any rings. I never have been. It is a personal choice.

  • red

    Love the picture Jason

  • Angie

    I’ve been married almost six years and still wear my ring every day. No matter how busy or stressful things get, it feels good to have a constant visual reminder of the best day of my life.

  • Bill

    I wear mine to work and to special events but take it off as soon as I get home. I do not wear it during any kind of physical activities because it either is uncomfortable or there is a high chance I may loose it.

  • Charlie

    I am getting married this October and I plan to wear mine, but I might not be able to at work (I’m a restaurant employee). Otherwise it will stay on.

  • AshleyD

    I wear my wedding ring almost all of the time, even if it’s just the band. Seeing the ring on my husband’s finger still gives me butterflies!

  • John

    I lost my wedding ring once and I felt lost for weeks without it on my finger!

  • Beady

    My husband is an electrician and can’t wear rings to work, so we split a pair of diamond earrings for our wedding rings.

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