Wearing a watch instead of a wedding ring?

I do not like rings and want to wear a watch instead of a ring. My fiance will be wearing a ring and she is fine with me wearing the watch. I’ve heard of other people doing this, though I do not know anyone who has. During the ceremony, should she put the watch on my wrist or should we just use another ring and have her put that on my finger just for the ceremony? I guess it would hold more meaning if she put the watch on my wrist, I’m just concerned that it may not be easy for her to put it on during the moment.


Donna, Wedding Queen, President; Top Wedding Sites

First, be sure to tell your officiant your plans.

I think a watch is a great idea, though I’m told that many no longer use watches with so many cell phones in place. I bought my fiance the diamond engagement watch which has a laser etching of a photo of us and an inscription with a small diamond chip. It’s gorgeous and works for him since he’s a watch collector.

Have the bride practice putting the watch on but don’t wear it until the wedding day!

Best of luck,

Reverend Susanna Stefanachi Macomb

You may exchange rings for the ceremony, but need not wear your ring afterwards. Putting the watch on your wrist at the moment may be a bit clumsy for your fiancee`, but also confusing for the congregation.
Then either before or after the public ceremony, ask your officiant to hold a simple, private ceremony where she puts the watch on your wrist. I have done this for a few couples. You may engrave the inside of the rings and the back of the watch with inscriptions that have meaning and would link them together. For example, one of my favorites is: “My love, my friend, my life.” A couple whose ceremony I will be performing in a couple of weeks chose the inscription, “In our love we live.” Many couples use the biblical verse, “My beloved is mine and I am his.” Solomon 2:16. In your case, it would be, “My beloved is mine and I am hers.” I don’t think King Solomon would mind 🙂 Blessings! Rev. Susanna

Rebecca Black, Etiquette By Rebecca

Excellent advice.

There isn’t anything etiquette “ly” incorrect with this, as the ring is just a symbol.