Wedding Rings: What Do They Represent?
Ever wondered what the point is in exchanging wedding rings or what it symbolizes? Today we're here to answer just that for you!
Traditionally, wedding rings have been seen as a symbol of eternal love and date back to Egyptian culture and when wedding rings were woven from plants from the river Nile, such as reeds or hemp, and handed to each other. However, the earliest evidence we've seen of exchanging rings is over 3000 years old and was discovered inside ancient Egyptian scrolls.
People later translated these scrolls to show that the Egyptians believed their rings symbolized eternal love between them. People eventually replaced these hemp or reed style rings with more durable, long-lasting materials such as bone or ivory. Later, they were incorporated into Christian (and all) wedding ceremonies, and it became a common occurrence for a bride to be given a wedding ring at her wedding ceremony.
We tend to get one of the three following questions asked of us, so we wanted to cover all three for you.
Why are wedding rings a circle?
The reasoning behind wedding rings being circular stems from the idea of infinity - circles have no beginning nor end - they are eternal and never-ending, much like the love you and your partner will hold for each other. The ancient Egyptians also believed that the circle's center symbolizes the door's opening to the future that the couple would share.
(pictured: #euphorierealbride Carina on her wedding day)
On which finger are wedding rings worn?
Wedding rings are worn on the third finger on the left hand, as shown in the photo of our beautiful real bride Carina above. (fourth, if we're counting thumbs!) Rings are worn here because the ancient Egyptians believed that this finger enclosed a particular vein connected directly to the heart. There are some cultures and individuals who forego this custom and use their right hand instead, but traditionally speaking, most couples tend to follow the left-hand idea.
Who carries the ring at the wedding ceremony?
Who carries the ring will vary based on what the bride and groom decide on, but it's usually one of three people; the maid of honor, the best man, or a ring bearer. The ring bearer is often a child within the family unit, sometimes a child of the bride and groom, or a close friend/family member's child.
Is there anything else you've ever wondered about wedding rings? Let us know below, and we'll be sure to add it in!