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Diamonds Are Forever: What To Look For In An Engagement Ring

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Diamonds Are Forever: What To Look For In An Engagement Ring

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An engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewelry a woman will ever own. Not only does it signal that she’s in a committed relationship, but it’s also a physical token of the love that she and her partner share. With such emotions at stake, from going into a jewelry store alone, without her to guide him, right up to planning the proposal itself guys can often find themselves confused when choosing the perfect ring.

Diamonds Have Colour

 

It sounds strange to talk about color when describing diamonds, but there’s quite an extensive color chart that most jewelers follow. White or colorless diamonds are the rarest, and so cost the most, these are graded with the letter D and subsequent diamonds with slight hints of color are graded all the way to Z. Most good, reputable jewelers tend to use diamonds from between D-H and I-J however; there are also diamonds known as ‘fancies’ who are prized for their intense, distinct color but they are usually only found in pieces of jewelry worth thousands of dollars. Fancies appear to contain hues of pinks, blues, and greens and are incredibly beautiful.

What Sort Of Cut?

 

Surprisingly, the cut of the diamond itself is almost more important than the color as the cut is what gives the diamond its shape. It’s vital you look carefully at the cut of a diamond as any inferior workmanship will be highlighted and tends to compromise the jewel’s sparkle. Diamonds come in many shapes, but the most common are pear, marquise, princess, oval and heart shaped so check out all of these in person. Proposing is an intense business for most guys, so you want to be certain on engagement ring settings and shapes before you make the grandest gesture ever. Your almost fiancé may already have given you an idea of what she likes so stealthily borrow a ring she already has, to obtain her ring size, and if you feel comfortable talk to her best friend about style, although, be subtle you don’t want to ruin the surprise!

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Check The Clarity

Normally people tend to have quite a strong opinion on this. Either they love the idea of tiny inclusions, completely natural, in a gemstone or they hate them. Sometimes jewelers will need to use a specific tool called a loupe, or magnifying eye glass, to even see them so as long as there are no glaring imperfections it’ll be fine. You also need to pay attention to the karat, no not the orange vegetable, as that determines the weight and size of the gem so the higher the karat, the more expensive it’ll be.

Think About The Cost

 

Contrary to what De Beers believe an engagement ring doesn’t need to be two, or three months salary, in fact updated statistics now show it’s around a month or less. There’s no point in giving her a beautiful, priceless ring and then having no money left over to plan the wedding. Having said that it should also symbolize your feelings of love, devotion and respect towards the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life.

 

Engaged: Now What?

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Engaged: Now What?

 

Just got engaged? Congrats!! – Here’s what you need to do next.

Make The Announcement

Some couples just don’t feel right if anyone knows their big news before their parents and other close family members do. So if possible, tell both sets of people in person, face to face. If your parents don’t live nearby, put in a special phone call, or surprise them with a visit!

Think About Ideas

Sit down with your fiancé and talk ideas. Think about the style you’d like, whether it’s a beach bash, a sit-down dinner in a ballroom or a ceremony on a mountaintop. Get creative! It is your wedding day after all – you can do what you want!

Decide On A Date (ish)

While you don’t have to set a firm date now, it’s smart to have an idea of what month or season you want to marry in. Then you’ll know how long you have to get things organised. Because your wedding’s size determines where you’ll hold the party, how much it will cost (prices usually rise per guest) and whether travel will be involved, creating a guest list is one of the most important things to do. So make your list! – Your fiancé and both families should do the same. You can, and likely will, cut later, but this first number will be your base.

Settle On A Budget

It’s rare these days that the bride’s parents pick up the whole bill, so decide on your bottom line. Find out from both sets of parents how much they can contribute (if anything!) Never expect everything to be paid for!

Organise Yourselves

Buy a notebook and separate it into sections for each budget category. This way you can write down the amount you want to spend on the item and then note your expenditures. As you get to your limits, you can start to figure out ways to cut costs.

Pick A Venue For The Ceremony

Finding an officiant and a ceremony site can be simple. Maybe you like the idea of country house wedding venues, but moved away from there a long time ago. – Even if you’re no longer living in the area – you may have family who still are, and can help out. Sometimes for the sake of convenience, couples choose a place that’s in between their homes and their parents’. And then there’s the destination wedding; just make sure that everyone you really want to join you and your groom can afford to travel and is able to make it.

Pick A Reception Venue

Think again about those wedding dreams, and see how they mesh with reality. Perhaps you envision an outdoor garden. Great, but what if you can’t find just the right place, or the weather becomes an issue? Maybe there’s a quaint hotel with a pretty courtyard that would suit. Use local resources to narrow down options like a wedding planner or a recently married friend. Check wedding websites and bridal magazines. Then start scheduling visits.

Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

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Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.    					Pixabay   Who will be able to travel to the wedding?    Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.   Where would you want to hold the wedding?    Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!   Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?   As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.   Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

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Who will be able to travel to the wedding?

Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.

Where would you want to hold the wedding?

Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!

Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?

As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.

Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

You’ve found the girl that makes your dreams come true and know, without a doubt, that she’s the one. You’ve decided that it’s time to pop the question and make it official. But before you do, it’s important to slow down and take the time to think a couple of things through. You may already know what you want to say. You may have an idea of the type of ring that you would like to buy and know where you want to pop the question. But it’s a good idea to take a step back and not rush things. After all, you want to ensure that your proposal is memorable for all the right reasons, right? As well as being memorable, the chances are that you also want your proposal to be wonderfully meaningful to your fiance-to-be. With that in mind, here are 11 things to do before uttering those four little words:

  1. Talk to her parents

The idea of asking her parents for their blessing might seem a little outdated. However, you would be surprised by how many people appreciate the gesture. You don’t even have to ask if it would be okay to propose. It’s just courteous to let your partner’s parents know that you’re hoping to spend the rest of your life with her. Tell them how excited you are for the future. As well as how you have some incredible dreams that you would like to fulfill with their daughter. The chances are that they’ll be just as excited as you are, so there’s no need to worry.

  1. Determine her style

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Even if you know your partner better than anyone else in the world, that doesn’t mean that you are 100 percent sure about what her ring style would be. Just because she wears a certain style of jewelry, that doesn’t mean that she would want her engagement ring to be designed in the same style. You see, an engagement ring should be elegantly timeless. It shouldn’t be designed in a way that reflects today’s fashions. This is because fashions change constantly. A great way to get an idea of the type of engagement ring that she would like is to look at her Instagram or Pinterest. She may have a secret wedding board on there that could inspire you. Or, failing that, talk to her mom, sister, or closest friends, to get some help getting a better idea of the style of ring she would appreciate.

  1. Decide how much you want to spend

Despite what you might have heard, there’s no right or wrong amount to spend on an engagement ring. A lot of people believe that the amount you spend on an engagement ring should equate to around three month’s wages. So, say, for instance, you earn $1200 a month, you should spend at least $3600 on a ring. However, the amount that you choose to spend on a ring is up to you – there really is no right or wrong amount to spend. Spend what you can afford, don’t worry about customs like the one mentioned above. All that matters is that your fiance-to-be loves the ring.

  1. Go ring shopping

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This is the most enjoyable and most stressful part of popping the question – picking the ring. If you’re really not sure what type of ring she would like, you could always wait until after you’ve proposed and go ring shopping together. However, this should only be a last resort, as it’s much more romantic to pick a ring yourself. To make shopping for a ring a little easier, why not invite her mom or one of her friends along? After all, it’s always good to get a second opinion on things. Don’t just go to one shop, go to lots of different ones. Any rings that you like take a picture of and jot down the details to refer back to, later on.

  1. Consider having a custom ring made

If you struggle to find a ring that you like in the shops, perhaps it could be worth having a custom one made. Admittedly, it will probably work out more expensive, but if it means giving her the perfect ring, it’s worth doing. If you’re going to design a ring yourself, take the time to research the best custom ring designers around. To ensure that you end up with a well-designed ring that looks just how you imagined it would. Take the time to look at the different metals, the different settings, styles, and design options. As for the diamond, take the time to look at all the options, from white round diamonds to more unique diamond colors, like gray. Look at the colors, sizes, and shapes on offer – if you’re unsure what type of diamond is best for a ring, consult an expert.

  1. Start planning your proposal

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Once you’ve got the ring sorted, the next step is to start planning how you will propose. You may already have an idea of how you want to go about this, or you may be unsure. Either way, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to take your fiance to- be’s feelings into account. If she’s someone who loves to be the center of attention, she would probably love a big, public proposal, such as in a restaurant, for instance. However, if she’s a more private person, she may prefer a more intimate proposal. If this is the case, you need to find a location that is perfect for an intimate proposal, such as an empty beach, for example. However you choose to propose, it’s important to ensure that the proposal is romantic, special, and memorable.

  1. Get everything sorted out

Like with most things, it’s the little details that make the most difference when it comes to asking your partner to marry you. Of course, the location is important, but the little things are what make it feel that little bit more magical. Things like having a bottle of bubble hidden away to crack open once she says yes, for instance. To get ideas, have a browse online on sites like Pinterest.

  1. Decide if you want a photographer

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You’ll only get engaged once, so it’s important to capture the moment. You can opt to take photos afterward, or you could hire a photographer to hid somewhere and snap pictures as you propose? These can make wonderful keepsakes for many years to come – you could even display them at your wedding reception. The important thing if you hire a photographer is to ensure that you tell them exactly what photos you want captured beforehand. It’s also important to do a practice run to ensure that they know where you will be and where they should be to capture your images. After all, the last thing you want is your partner spotting the photographer. Or the photographer being in the wrong place and missing your proposal.

  1. Plan a post-engagement celebration

Once you’ve popped the question, you and your fiance are sure to be on an absolute high – happy and incredibly excited. Instead of just heading home, why not celebrate your engagement? There are lots of ways you can choose to celebrate; it’s just a case of determining what your fiance-to-be would enjoy doing. Would she like the idea of having a party with all of your closest family and friends? Or, would she prefer to celebrate just the two of you over a romantic meal? It’s nice to have a plan in place for celebrating your engagement; it’s just a case of determining the best way to celebrate it.

  1. Practice what you want to say

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The chances are that once the time comes, you’re going to be incredibly nervous. So much so that you may not be able to think of what you want to say. That’s why it’s a good idea to practice what you want to say beforehand, to ensure that you don’t end up lost for words. If you’re worried you might forget your words, it might be a good idea to write them down and keep them in your pocket. Just in case your mind goes completely blank, so that you have them on hand to refer to.

  1. Make it as special for her as possible

Last but not least, take the time to think about the ways you can make the proposal as special for your fiance-to-be as possible. It’s not just about finding the right words or choosing the right venue; it’s about being romantic with her. Simple gestures, like holding her hand, or telling her how beautiful she is before you pop the question, are all it takes.

You’ll only get engaged once, so it pays to take the time to think the proposal and everything that goes with it, through properly. The last thing you want to do is rush things and end up messing it up or forgetting something important. Take note of the 11 things above to do before you propose, to ensure that you get every aspect of your proposal, just right.

Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

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Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

Marriage, like all of our human customs, has gone through a lengthy period of evolution. The statement weddings that we see today are a relatively new invention. Couples have, however, been formalising their relationships since pretty much the Stone Age. It’s fortunate that things have moved on since those early days. For starters, the woman tends to have a say these days. But there have been other changes, too.

Way Back When…

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Once upon a time, it was common for tribes to ride from settlement to settlement pillaging resources. Those resources would of course include food and firewood. They would also include brides. The nature of ceremonies varied depending on custom. It was not uncommon for women to be traded for cattle and other food sources. Only in the Roman era did women begin to have a say in whether they got married, and to whom.

Fast forward a few thousand years…

Weddings as we recognize them today have their roots primarily in the 1800s. This is when people’s own personal sentiments began to have an input on things. At this point, the idea of marrying in a church was still not a consideration. Most marriages took place in the home – usually the groom’s – and the couple would wear the best clothes they owned. As a result, many brides of the time married wearing black – as their formal dress had to pull double duty for funerals, too.

Queen Victoria: Fashion Icon

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It’s ironic, given that she would spend the last 40 years of her life clad in black. But Britain’s Queen Victoria sparked the trend for brides to wear white at their weddings. When she married Prince Albert, her white satin dress sparked a great deal of interest. It became the done thing to wear white, which has since become connected with the idea of chastity. To this day, it’s traditional for a bride to wear white.

The 20th Century: Weddings Become An Industry

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As women’s rights have evolved, so has their position in the wedding story. Once treated as little more than property, brides of the 20th century started to assert their individuality. Although destination weddings were still limited to the very richest, dresses became a way to stand out. Ever more elaborate gowns were designed and sold, ready to wear. This saw the creation of bridal sections at department stores.

Today: The Reality TV Age And Themed Weddings

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These days the wedding industry has become about more than just the joining of a couple in matrimony. It’s big business in every way, including entertainment with shows such as Say Yes To The Dress and Bridezilla. Even for those who don’t intend for their wedding to end up on TV, themed weddings have become a popular way of tying the knot. Island Paradise? Winter Wonderland? Whatever your esthetic, there’s a theme wedding for you!

But under it all, what still matters is the marriage and joining of two people in love. If you want to take it back to basics and marry in your best formal clothes, go right ahead. It’s about what makes you happy – now more than ever.

Commemorating Your Big Day: Unique Alternatives To The Traditional Wedding Ring

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Commemorating Your Big Day: Unique Alternatives To The Traditional Wedding Ring

When you think of wedding ceremonies, the vows and exchanging of the rings stand out. The wedding ring has been a symbol of enduring love for centuries. Many of us still choose to wear wedding bands, but traditional styles aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for something unique to commemorate your special day, here are some suggestions to inspire you.

Rings with a difference

If somebody asked you to draw a wedding ring, you’d probably produce a picture of a plain, solid gold or silver band. Traditionally, wedding bands are unbroken pieces of precious metal, which are worn by both men and women. However, you don’t have to choose a conventional style if you’d rather have something different. You could customize your own rings, or buy something that is more ornate, for example. Some women choose to have gems and stones in their wedding bands. Men may prefer something a little more robust than a gold band and go for a heavier metal such as titanium, for example. It comes down to personal choice and what you want to wear for the rest of your life. If you’re shopping for jewelry, it’s always a good idea to try some styles before you buy. Rings often look very different on your hand to how they do on a display shelf. It’s also important to make sure that your wedding band fits with your engagement ring.

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Necklaces and bracelets

Not everyone likes wearing rings, and in some cases, it may be impractical to wear a band every day. Are you a gardener, a builder or a nurse, for example? If so, you may prefer to have a different piece of jewelry that you don’t have to remove all the time. You could wear a ring on a chain, or design a bracelet or necklace to mark your wedding day. You may choose something like a locket that is engraved with the date and contains your favorite wedding photograph.

Tattoos

Tattoos are an increasingly popular alternative to wedding bands. Ink is permanent and this mimics the idea of wearing a ring on your hand forever. You can choose from all kinds of different wedding ring tattoos. You could have plain bands printed on your ring fingers, or design a unique pattern yourselves. The date of your wedding and your spouse’s initials are other personal touches you may wish to consider. Many couples choose to have the tattoo where they would wear a ring. But you could have a tattoo anywhere on your body. You don’t always have to have matching tattoos. Some people choose to have a tattoo to match their partner’s wedding ring. If you don’t like wearing rings, or it’s not practical to have a ring, but your partner wants one, this could be an option.

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Wedding rings have been a tradition for centuries. For many of us, it’s a joy to wear a wedding band every day. But this is not the only way of commemorating your special day and symbolizing your love. There are other options too. If you’re keen to swerve wedding traditions, or you’d rather something more personal, don’t be afraid to be different.

Whatever you decide to do, commemorate your big day with any of the unique alternatives to the traditional wedding ring that feels right for both of you.

5 Creative Ways To ‘Propose’ To Your Bridesmaids

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5 Creative Ways To ‘Propose’ To Your Bridesmaids

You might think that in life, there is only one proposal that really matters and that you are unlikely to be the one doing it. But, in reality, you are going to have to propose to a number of people during your life. Yes, we are, of course, talking about your bridesmaids. Choosing your bridesmaids might be difficult, but telling them the news is a great joy – and probably the closest you’ll come to proposing to anyone! Your bridesmaids are likely to be your best friends, so it can be an emotional experience for all. So, with that in mind, why not surprise your closest friends with one of these cute ‘bridesmaid proposals’.

Put a ring on it

Mimic a traditional proposal by putting her favourite candy ring in a box and presenting her with it. Choose a different colour for each bridesmaid and have their initial put on the box, so that it’s something they can keep forever.

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Make sure she’s prepared

Being a bridesmaid might sound like it’s all fun and games. But, in reality, it can be a pretty hard job. Your bridesmaids will be expected to help you with anything you need in the run up to the wedding, on top of single-handedly organising your bachelorette party. Pre-wedding planning, you may have an idea in your head of what a relaxed bride you are going to be. But don’t make any promises – wedding planning is incredibly stressful and you will be at risk of turning into Bridezilla! Offer some light relief by telling her that she might need this over the next few months and then give her a ‘bridesmaid survival kit’. Fill a little box full of humorous goodies such as an energy drink, party poppers and funky sunglasses. You could even hint at where the bridesmaid dresses are coming from with a store voucher or a ribbon in the colour they’ll be wearing.

Get something funky printed

Nowadays, you can get designs printed on just about anything. Wear a t-shirt that says ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’ next time you meet up with her and see how long it takes her to notice. If she’s a coffee fiend, get an imitation Starbucks cup printed with your message on it.

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Pop the balloon

Invest in a ‘pop the balloon’ kit, or even a pinata, so she has to pop it open to discover your message. There are plenty of ways to make a homemade pinata and you could also turn te event into a fun girls night in with all your bridesmaids.

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Get all nostalgic

When picking your bridesmaids, you are probably going to choose girls you’ve been friends with for years. If you’ve got some very old memories to share, spend an afternoon sifting through old photos to find the most embarrassing ones you can. Pick the best and then stick them on a handmade card asking your friend to be your bridesmaid. The old photos will add a lot of sentiment as well as excitement to the moment.

Why Do We Give Rings When We Get Married?

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Why Do We Give Rings When We Get Married?

Wedding rings are one of the most important items on any bride-to-be’s shopping list, on the run-up to the big day. Placing rings onto each other’s fingers is the most significant moment of a wedding, and rings have been used to symbolize marriage all across the globe for centuries. It’s something that’s so commonplace, you might not have ever stopped to wonder exactly why it is that we give rings when we get married.

The Circle Is The Symbol of Eternity

Many ancient cultures viewed the circle as the symbol of eternity. The circle of a ring was used to represent the everlasting love between partners. Interestingly, the centre of the ring is also significant. The space was viewed as a door leading to the unknown which is a journey that marriage takes you on.

Culture Depicts Which Hand, and Finger The Wedding Ring Is Worn

Ever wondered why we wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of our left hand? In other cultures over time and place, they have been worn on different fingers as well as the thumbs of both hands. However, the Romans believed that in the fourth finger of the left hand there was a vein that ran directly to the heart, named the ‘Vena Amoris’. This has since been proven to be false, but it’s the reason why even now we wear wedding and engagement rings on this finger.

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There Have Been Different Materials Used Over Time

The earliest wedding rings are suggested to have been given by the ancient Egyptians, and were made of braided rushes and reeds. Over time, there were other materials used for longer lasting rings. These included animal skins, ivory and bone. The Romans adopted the ring giving practice into their culture where iron rings were given. Later, the Christian religion began to use highly decorated ornamental rings during marriage ceremonies. It wasn’t until around the thirteenth century that rings were simplified, and started to resemble the modern wedding bands that we recognise today. In Western countries, wedding rings are usually made from precious metals. Platinum, palladium, titanium, silver, yellow gold and white gold wedding rings are commonly given in modern weddings. Silicone rings are also gaining popularity. These are the rings of choice for those who can’t wear traditional rings for health and safety reasons with their job. The silicone band allows them to wear a ring permanently rather than having to keep removing it.

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Double Ring Ceremonies Are Modern, Western Practice

Despite rings being given for marriage since ancient times, up until the modern day it was just the bride who received a ring. A double ring ceremony is where both the bride and groom receive rings. It’s something that’s so instantly recognizable at weddings now but is surprisingly not a long standing tradition. The practice of the groom receiving a ring too gained popularity around World War II. This is because partners were often apart for a long time where the men were fighting in the war. And so the idea of both wearing rings (something that had been pitched the public a decade or two earlier and been unsuccessful) was much more appealing. By the late 1940’s, double-ring ceremonies made up the vast proportion of weddings. And the practice, of course, became commonplace among western countries