Saturday, 2 July 2011
The wedding rings
The custom of exchanging wedding rings began in ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphics depicted rings as a symbol of eternal love between two people. In more modern history, rings were placed on the third finger of the left hand as it was believed to be directly connected to the heart by the 'vena amoris', or the vein of love. Although this was later proven false, the tradition remains.
About three to six months prior to the wedding, the bride and groom should start shopping for their wedding rings.
You have many options to add personal touches to the rings. If you have a specific design in mind, custom designed rings might be a good option. Or, perhaps the couple would like to express their feelings artistically and design rings for each other. A handcrafted, unique design that holds meaning for the couple is a lovely idea. However, you must keep in mind that this alternative is much more expensive that simply purchasing an existing ring.
A less expensive alternative to custom-designed rings is engraving. A special message inside the ring is a private and intimate element for the couple to share. The cost will be determined by whether the rings are machine-engraved or hand-engraved, the latter being more intricate and pricey. The engraved message can be simply the wedding date and the future spouse's initials, or a short phrase that carries a special meaning for the couple. Song lyrics and poetry are also popular options.
Remember the ring is meant to be a symbol of your love, and a reflection of the style and taste of the person wearing it. This means that the most expensive ring or the most flawless diamond is not always the best choice. You should ultimately choose rings that suit your budget, match your personal style, and act as a pleasing reminder of the vows they exchanged on your wedding day.