Wedding bands/rings have been part of traditions for centuries. They can demonstrate love, commitment, wealth, or something special to the wearer. While wedding bands may seem like simple bands of metal, there are centuries of history and significance that make them so much more than just a simple ring.
They Signify Financial Stability
For many, a wedding ring was a way to show everyone that the groom had the financial prowess to take care of their bride. A gift of precious metal was regarded as a symbol of him having what it takes to provide for his wife. Nowadays, this gesture is not as relevant as it once was.
It’s All About the Vein of Love
The fourth finger on the left hand is the go-to spot for wedding rings, but have you ever wondered why? In Roman Times, the belief was that the vein of love (Vena Amoris) was located in that specific finger. While not true, it is very sweet.
They Should Never Be Dropped On the Big Day
Tradition says that a dropped wedding ring by the groom means the marriage is doomed… a little dramatic but perhaps hold on to that ring nice and tight just in case.
The Male Wedding Band Is Relatively New
While wedding bands for women have been around for centuries, the concept of a male wedding ring actually began during world war II as a way for the men in battle to remember their wives back home.
Ancient Egypt Might Have Been First
While it is debated, the first wedding ring is believed to date back to ancient Egypt, and the rings were meant to represent the circular eternity of their commitment.
Engraving Is More Common Than You Might Think
It is far more common to have an engraving in the ring than to not. Some get their name, their wives’ name, the date or a special message.