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A wedding is a celebration that is rich in traditions and symbols. Some ancient customs have been lost or forgotten over the years. Some remain solidly rooted in the solemn rites of marriage.

The exchange of wedding bands is among the most emotional and significant events in the wedding.

Hand in hand Couples swear to one another a lifetime of love before friends and family and signify their vows by giving each another a ring.

What significance is there in these golden rings, then? Why is this moment so full of meaning?

THE EXCHANGE OF Matching Necklaces

Faith comes from the Latin word "fidem" which translates to "trust". The etymology speaks for itself. The wedding ring represents the essence of marriage and with the exchange of rings, spouses promise each other trust, respect, esteem and love, with the promise that it will endure for the rest of their lives.

Even the oldest civilizations utilized wedding rings as a symbol of marriage. The barbarians, the Egyptians and the Greeks utilized the ring as a symbol of the union of faith and love. In Roman times, rings made from iron sealed the marriage vows of young couples.

From the 16th century onwards the wedding ring was given its appearance and significance that we continue to attribute to it to this day. It was in this period that wedding rings were forged in yellow gold, which has for centuries been a symbol for eternity for the Catholic religion.


In accordance with the rules of etiquette, the groom is required to pay for the wedding rings or present them as a gift by the witnesses. Then, the rings are handed over to the male witness of the groom who is responsible for transporting them to the location where the ceremony will be held. At that point, the rings on a beautiful ring cushion are entrusted to the page boys and bridesmaids, who will precede the bride on the wedding march.

According to tradition, it is bad luck to wear rings prior to the wedding and then purchase the engagement ring and wedding bands simultaneously.

Left ring finger

Have you ever thought about why the wedding ring has to be worn on the left ring finger? This custom has a romantic explanation. According to a popular legend, the "vena amoris" or vein of love runs through the left ring-finger beginning at the finger on the hand and ending directly at the heart.

However, in reality, the wedding ring can be worn on the left finger everywhere in the world. In some countries in Northern Europe, such as Serbia and Poland the wedding rings are worn on the right. In England, in the past, wedding rings were placed on the thumb. Even today, in many Latin American countries, wedding rings are placed on the ring fingers of the right hands.

Traditions, ancient beliefs and symbols wedding rings are full of promises and expectations, as well as meaning. A symbol of pure and sincere love and a living reminder of a commitment.


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