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How the custom of weddings started


It is evident that the custom of wedding rings started from Ancient Egypt 4800 years ago.

They used to use reeds and grass which were found in the Nile banks.

The circle, without a start or an end, has been the symbol of eternity since the times of ancient Egyptians.

The materials of the first rings were very tolerant. They were soon replaced by skin and bones.

The more expensive the material used to be, the greater the love of the recipient. Since then, the ring showed how rich the person who offered it used to be..



Property Ring

This custom was adopted by the Romans but in their own way.

When the Romans got married, the ring did not symbolize

the love from the husband to his wife, but that she was his property.

The Roman wedding rings were made of iron and they were called "Annulus Pronubus"

Such rings were found in Pombei with signs such as "Ama me" that is "Love me"

or "Amo te" i.e. "I love you" or "Bona vitam" i.e. "Happy life"

In the Christian tradition, the wedding rings appear at around 860 AD,

but they had nothing to do with the gold ring we know of today.

They were decorated with embossed pigeons, hands together pounds and other diverse symbols of eternal love and dedication.

The Greek Orthodox Church considered those rings pagan symbols and asked for their simplification.

Till the 13th century, the wedding rings had the same form as today.

The church considered that the new simple wedding rings revealed

the spiritual bond between couples rather than the ornamental pagan symbols.



Wedding rings on the right finger

The Romans used to wear them on the fourth finger of the left hand,

because they believed veins were there, which went straight to the heart.

They had called them "Vena Amoris" that is "Vein of Love" When Christianity dominated,

the right hand was suggested, but the fourth finger remained.

The three first fingers were dedicated to the Holy Trinity, while the fourth one to the husband.

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