Traditions of the Wedding Ring

What are the customs, traditions and symbolism related to the wedding rings, the ring symbol of marriage.

The wedding rings have always been the main symbol and what visibly lasting, of a marriage. When the day after the ceremony you wake up, when you return to work and the life of every day, the most obvious change is that ring that leads to ring finger of his left hand.

Traditions and etiquette of wedding rings

The wedding etiquette requires that faiths are paid by the groom, and the arduous task to bring them to the place of the ceremony is up to the main male witness (always the groom). In the case where there are little pages and bridesmaids that will precede the bride and groom during the wedding march, the wedding rings will flow from them. Faiths will be placed on a pillow wedding ring, which must be either the same material or the same color of wedding dress or at least in line with the style of wedding.

Tradition has it that bad luck to buy at the same time the engagement ring and wedding rings. It also seems that bad luck catching finger faith before the wedding.

Symbolism of wedding rings

Over time, the wedding rings have become an inseparable symbol from the very concept of marriage represent, in their spherical perfection, perfection of a union, the union of the lives of two people in love in one.

The metal used for the creation of wedding rings, usually gold, represents eternity. In the Christian religion, in fact, the yellow gold has always been a symbol of eternal: not gold case is the icons and backgrounds of many churches decorations, and gold are the halos of saints. In this symbolism is right to support the personal taste of the couple: very often in fact, the choice is not really faiths yellow gold but white or interlaced or even with the addition of a stone that, according to tradition, however, “breaks” the spherical perfection.

If the spouses are allowed to choose the type of wedding rings listed on, the same cannot be said about the “where to wear it”: the faith must be put ring finger of his left hand. The custom of the ring has two different sources: the first is probably derived from an ancient rite of the Catholic Liturgy, when the celebrant, touch the first three fingers of his left hand says: “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”then placing the ring, so blessed, in the fourth finger of the hand of the couple. The second explanation is more romantic: dall’anulare would pass the “vein amoris” (vein of love) and from there goes directly to the heart.
In fact, in many cultures of Northern Europe’s faith is put to the right hand, while in England past the wedding rings were worn on the thumb. In some countries of Latin America, finally, faith is brought to the ring finger of his right hand.