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Wedding 101: Wedding Ring

August 03, 2017 by Rita Neri Event Planners

BRIEF HISTORY Weddings are never really complete without a wedding ring to symbolize the love of the bride and groom. It is believed that the rings round shape symbolizes eternity, no beginning and no ending. The hole in the center of the ring represents a gateway leading to wonderful events both known and unknown. The Romans have this tradition that instead of offering the ring as a symbol of love, the ring was used to show ownership and the men would use this to “claim” their woman. Roman rings were later made from iron and were called, “Anulus Pronubus”, and symbolized strength and permanence. Romans were believed to be the first to have their rings engraved. Contrary to what the Romans do, about 4,600 years ago in ancient Egypt, it was believed that the more expensive the material to create a wedding ring, the more love is shown between the couple. It was not until 860 that Christians started to use rings in marriage. Back then; it was usually highly decorated with engraved doves, lyres or two linked hands.

The church later discouraged these designs and found it distasteful and so the rings have been more simplified by the 13th century. FACT It has been a common practice to wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand, otherwise known as the ring finger, but why? Because it is believed by the Romans that this finger (called, “Vena Amoris” or the “vein of love”) is the only one with a vein that lead directly to a person’s heart. The significance of the wedding ring was defined in the 7th century by the Bishop Isidore of Seville (c. 560-636): “It was given by the spouse to the espoused whether for a sign of mutual fidelity or still more to join their hearts to this pledge and that therefore the ring is placed on the fourth finger because a certain vein is said to flow from thence to the heart.”

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