Body Language Wedding Ring (All You Need To Know)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 7 min.

This article explores what it means to wear the wedding ring on the right hand, and how this might affect someone’s understanding of the person when reading their body language or nonverbal cues.

We will take a deep dive into what it means when you see someone messing with their wedding ring according to behavioral experts.

What does body language really mean

Body language is a form of nonverbal communication that helps to convey a message to an individual. It can be intentional or unintentional.

There are many different forms of body language, including facial expressions, gestures, posture, and eye contact.

The meaning of these signals varies from person to person and from situation to situation. That is why understanding context is so important when reading someone’s non-verbal tells.

Understanding context in body lanauge 

Body language is an important part of communication. Humans employ it to convey information that may not be possible to express in words.

For example, people use hand gestures or facial expressions to express emotions like anger, sadness, and happiness.

Understanding the context in body language will help you better understand what your partner is feeling and thinking about the conversation or when you are simply observing people in the big wide world.

A quick search on Google gives us the definition of context as the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea and in terms of which it can be fully understood.

So for example, when you want to analyze someone messing with their wedding ring we would have to also take into account what else is going on.

Who are they having a conversation with? What is the conversation about? Where are they?

When we understand the context correctly we can start to build up a picture of wh someone is messing with their wedding ring and this gives us clues into how they are truly feeling.

But before we can do that, we need to get a baseline on a person to see if fiddling with their wedding ring is something they do all the time or something they do to attract attention.

Getting a baseline on a person

A baseline is a set of data on a person or group of people used as a point of comparison for subsequent data.

When we read body language we want to see how that person behaves in a normal setting, what do they look like? How do they communicate when they are not under stress.

The reason we must get a baseline on a person is that we want to notice any shifts in behavior like if we see them messing with a ring for the first time this could give us more of an insight into what is going on in their mind.

The most important goal in establishing a baseline is to help us identify any changes in nonverbal communication.

Reading a person for the first time

When we first meet someone, our instinct is usually to try and read their body language to see what’s going on inside.

We will pick up on all kinds of cues, such as their scent, how they walk, and their level of eye contact, to see if they are a threat to us. This is only natural,

When reading someone, we need to take into account how we feel about them first, removing any biases.

Then we want to read the context we find them in. After that, we must read in clusters of information. Clusters are shifts we see in a person’s nonverbal behavior.

We can’t just assume that someone is uncomfortable if they’re fiddling with their wedding ring. For a more accurate reading, we need to become aware of other signs as well.

Now you understand a little more about reading body language, you can start to build up a picture of what it really means when you see someone playing with their wedding ring.

Body language wedding ring fiddling

When couples are engaged, they may wear a ring on the left hand called an engagement ring. The ring is often worn on the third finger of the left hand.

If you see someone fiddling with their wedding ring it could mean many different things depending on the context (see above for more information on context).

The most common reason a person will touch their wedding ring is to calm themselves down. In body language terms, we call this an adaptor.

What is an Adaptor

It’s something we do naturally, in order to become more at ease with a situation. It’s a way of giving ourselves more space.

Messing with a ring or fiddling with it is an adaptor others are picking nails, tapping the floor, rubbing their thighs, and playing with a ring,

The thing to think about is if the baseline has changed or increased. Pay attention if they go away.

What does touching your wedding ring mean

It is a common belief that when a married couple touches their wedding rings, it is a sign that they are still in love with each other.

This idea comes from the fact that touching your wedding ring is a symbol of how you care about your marriage and show others that you are still committed to it.

The tradition of touching wedding rings has more to do with the couples’ feelings for each other and less to do with custom.

It can be interpreted as a sign of love or affection, or more simply, just one’s commitment to the relationship.

When you see a couple touching their rings when they are together it’s an undeniable sign that they still love each other.

If you are touching your ring often while your partner is not around, pay attention to where you are and what is going on in yourself.

There are many reasons you might be touching your wedding ring, you might simply be reminding yourself of your loved one and how you are missing them.

What does it mean when you fidget with your wedding ring

The ring on your finger is normally a symbol of being committed to someone. When you are playing with your wedding ring, it might be a sign that you are excited about something or are anxious for some reason.

Remember that there are no absolute rules in body language, so we have to read in context.

Body language twisting wedding ring

There are many different interpretations of body language with regards to wearing a ring, but they all have the same goal: expressing love and commitment.

It could mean they are under stress and want to be single they are married to another person and not to bother trying any funny business with them.

Body language taking wedding ring on and off

When you see someone taking off and putting on their wedding ring, it could mean they’re newly married and the ring is something they’re not used to wearing.

What does it mean when a woman fidgets with her wedding ring

Playing with a ring is a sign of the woman’s insecurity and fear, which may stem from a lack of confidence in her partner.

It can also be an indicator that the woman is experiencing negative feelings about herself or about her marriage.

It could also mean she is sending a signal to another that she is married and not to bother her. On the other hand, it could be a way of flirting with someone.

Context is key to understanding why a woman fidgets with her wedding ring.

Man playing with wedding ring body language

If a man is playing with his wedding ring while talking to you, it means he is feeling a lot of pressure and he doesn’t want to be there.

He might be trying to find an easy way out from this conversation.

Again, context is key to understanding if this is a deviation from his baseline.

Does it ever mean anything when a married guy takes off his wedding ring when talking to you?

Yes and no

No, it doesn’t mean anything when a married guy does that. That’s because sometimes the ring just needs to be taken off for any number of reasons.

It can be too irritating, it might feel like an imposition if they need to use their hands for other tasks, or they may just need to wash their hands.

It may have some dirt in between his fingers and the ring.

Yes, if he is trying to display that another relationship is over. If the actions of removing the wedding ring meet the words then it does mean something when he takes his wedding ring off.


There are many meanings to why wedding rings in body language are important. Some are simple and mean nothing and other body language cues or displays have a deeper meaning.

We must always remember to read in context and to understand the situation when we see someone playing with a wedding ring.

If you would like to learn more about body language or wish to have a deeper understanding, check out our other blogs here.