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Hey, why do I want a wedding band?

Posted on May 28, 2012 - 07:00 PM | General | Comments (0)
By Rebecca Smith

“With this ring I do wed I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you. I ask you to wear this ring as a reminder of the vows we have spoken today, our wedding day.”  These are some of the sweetest words said during your ceremony. It is the last gift you and your partner give each other before you become officially married. It’s been part or the wedding ceremony for centuries. The bands can be simple or elaborate, made from gold, silver. Platinum, copper, titanium or just about anything. The question we want to look at to day is why do give these symbols to each other, is just custom or does it mean more.

       What exactly is a wedding band? The wedding rings embody the continuous flow of love, a circle that symbolizes eternity where there is no beginning and no end. It is believed that love moves around endlessly in circles for better or worse. It is an appropriate sign for the true meaning of marriage. The ring unites the married couple through happy or sad times. Some people take extra precautions in selecting the band from its purchase to its care, believing the superstition that it is bad luck to buy the wedding ring and the engagement at the same time. No matter what the beliefs are, couples deciding to marry will always focus on the positive – that the wedding ring is a symbol of never-ending love and devotion between a couple.

       It is believed that the custom of wearing a wedding band originated in Egypt. Egyptians made the first version of wedding bands not from gold and not from silver but from the stem of a plant. These circular wedding bands worn by the Egyptians were meant to signify never-ending love. The Romans gave different significance to wedding bands and used the ring to lay their 'claim' over their lady. It was used as a symbol of ownership and was to be worn on the fourth finger (ring finger, start with your thumb and move left) in a way similar to how the Egyptians wore their band rings. It is thought that the left hand ring finger was picked because the veins run straight to your heart.

        A wedding ring is often placed on a ring bearer pillow during the wedding ceremony. For the real wedding rings, the wedding rings are sewn or tied on the pillows (you have to make sure that cute little guy or girl carrying the rings won’t drop them). The bearer’s pillow origins date back from the Roman and Egyptian old traditions. During those times, the pillow was used to carry silver and gold stones. Today, at wedding ceremonies, the pillow carries the cherished wedding rings. It is traditional for a couple to exchange wedding rings after they say their vows during the wedding ceremony itself. Since these rings are symbols of the marriage, the words said during a ring exchange should reflect the couple's hopes for their marriage. These words may be simply included into the wedding vows, or done as a separate ceremony.


  I hope this helps you understand some of the tradition and beautiful symbolism behind the wedding band.


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