The Unending Band of Love
Exchanging bands to represent the unending circle of love remains the pinnacle of the wedding ceremony, which means that choosing the right ring is an important decision
SYMBOL OF LOVE
The choices are endless when it comes to choosing your wedding ring. You can add extra sparkle with a few encrusted diamonds, include detail with some engraving or personalise your ring with your names or wedding date. Start the hunt at least three months before your wedding day, so you can enjoy browsing and trying on rings. If you’re having something made or personally engraved, you’ll need to add extra time.
As you start to browse, you’ll need to set a budget, consider a style that will reflect your personality and think about some of the practicalities. You’ll be wearing your wedding ring every day as a symbol of your commitment, so it needs to be something that suits you both.
For a woman, one of the key considerations is getting a ring that complements your engagement ring. If you have a large oval stone, you may want a smaller wedding band that sits under it, or if you have an engagement ring with an unusual twist or cut out design, then you could have a wedding band made specially to fit snuggly alongside it.
The choice isn’t only one for the girls, as more men than ever are wearing wedding rings these days. Gold was once the most common option, but many men prefer tougher metals such as tungsten or titanium. If you’re doing manual work, these hardwearing metals are more practical.
Once you’ve got the rings, don’t forget to insure them before you go on honeymoon. There are many stories of couples, unused to wearing the rings, leaving them by the pool!
WEDDING RINGS THROUGH THE AGES
• Evidence of the first wedding rings can be found in hieroglyphics from ancient Egypt.
• The ring is traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, because Romans believed the “vena amoris” or “vein of love” ran directly from here to the heart.
• The wearing of wedding rings by men became popular during the mid-20th Century when men sent away to war wanted a reminder of their wives at home.