The habit of exchanging wedding rings during the ceremony comes frome long ago
In the XIII Century B.C. the Egyptians exchanged wedding rings. Grooms celebrated a ritual to ensure their brides´spirits would not depart too soon. The groom tied the ankles and wrists of his beloved with ropes made of weed in the belief that this bondage would keep her spirit inside of her. During the Roman Empire wedding rings were made of iron; gold rings could only be used by members of the senate and magistrates. The habit of wearing wedding rings expanded to other socioeconomical levels. Wedding rings as we know now started to be wore in the V Century, but it was not easy for the Church to accept wedding rings as part of the ceremony of matrimony.
More of wedding traditions. The groom gives the bride the engagement ring to symbolize their endless love, because of its circular shape. There are many types of materials to make an engagement ring; the most popular are made of gold and diamonds, which means their love will be as strong as these materials. The engagement ring is worn inthe ring finger because of the old belief that it is this finger the one which connects directly to the heart.In past times, when the proposal was more formal, the future groom would send his friends or family in his own behalf to meet the future bride and her family. If they saw a blind man, a one-arm man or a pregnant woman during the journey, it was thought that that marriage could be destined to failure. Males´nannys, pidgeons or wolves were good signs.
Wedding Traditions: The ring which the bride receives at present must be worn in her left hand
We see In the Holy Bible, in the Old Testament, that the bride-to-be was asked for matrimony with a ring. This tradition has come up to our present days. During the IX Century Pope Nicholas I decrrets that the fact of giving a ring to a young lady shows the intention to marry her.
Thirteen gold and silver coins were handed to the bride by the groom during the celebration of the religious matrimony. In ancient times, they symbolized two things: the properties and wealth which the future couple would share and the present the groom made to the bride in occasion of the wedding in acknowledgement for her virginity.
The tiara is a tradition that considers the bride queen for a day
The tradition of cans tied to the back of a car comes from a Tudor habit. The guests would throw shoes to the wedding couple, and it was a good sign if one of them would hit the carriage they were using.
In the old times the groom, always accompanied of some friend, was supposed to kidnap the bride. At present, in some regions it persists the tradition that the best man tells poetic verses to the bride. He is also in charge of giving the wedding bunch of flowers, the bouquet, to the bride.
There are different options of wedding and engagement rings for each style and personality