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A wedding is an occasion full of symbols and customs. Certain traditions from the past have been discarded or rediscovered over time, others remain firmly tied to the solemnity of marriage.

Among the most significant and emotional moments in the wedding ceremony is definitely the exchange of wedding rings.

Hand in hand Two spouses pledge each other an eternal love before friends and family and make their vows official by gifting each another rings.

But what is the meaning behind these golden rings? Why is this particular moment so important?


Faith is derived from the Latin word "fidem", which means "trust". The etymological significance speaks for itself. The wedding ring is the essence of marriage. When the rings are exchanged, the spouses swear to each other that they will always respect, love and value.

Wedding rings were a symbol of marriage for even the most ancient civilizations. Rings were used by the barbarians, Egyptians and Greeks as an emblem of unity and faith. In Roman times rings made of iron were used to seal the vows of newlywed couples.

The wedding ring was beginning to take shape and carry the meaning we are familiar with in the 16th century. In the 16th century wedding rings were created of yellow gold. The metal has always been a symbol of eternity in the Catholic faith.


According to etiquette Wedding rings must be purchased by the groom or given as a present by the witnesses. Then, the rings are handed over to the male witness of the groom who is the one responsible for taking them to where the ceremony will be held. The bridesmaids and the page boys will then receive the rings on a beautiful cushion for the ring. They will lead the bride in the wedding procession.

The tradition says it's bad luck for brides to wear rings prior to her wedding, and to purchase both the wedding band and the engagement wedding ring at the same moment.

Left ring finger

Have you ever wondered why the wedding ring has to be worn on the left finger? This custom has a romantic meaning. According to a legend the "vena amoris", or love vein, 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 is worn on the left ring finger everywhere in the world. In some countries in Northern Europe, like Serbia and Poland wedding rings are worn on the right. In the past, wedding rings were worn on the thumb in England. And even today, in some Latin American countries, the wedding ring is usually worn on the finger that is worn by the right hand.

Traditions, ancient customs and symbols: wedding rings are rings full of promises and expectations, as well as meaning. They are a symbol of pure, genuine love. It is also an ongoing reminder of the vow.


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