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Significance of Wedding Bands


The marriage of two individuals has been traditionally solemnized and celebrated by a wedding ceremony. The rites and rituals performed in the ceremony differ from one culture to another but the ultimate aim is the same; mainly to sanctify the union of two people. It is an event that is fondly remembered by the groom and the bride along with their near and dear ones.

The wedding band is a sign or a pointer that allows others to know and identify a married man or a woman. It is a band that distinguishes a married couple from the others. This practice has been in vogue since ancient times, although there have been several modifications to the same. Nevertheless, the wedding band has retained its significance and importance to this day.

A Brief History of the Wedding Band

The earliest wedding bands were perhaps designed and worn by the Egyptians. These were made of plant stems and were round in shape. It has been found that the circular shape denoted eternal love between married partners. Both the husband and the wife used to wear these wedding bands. Later the tradition was continued by the Romans although this time, only the women had to wear the bands. Another level of connotation was also added during these times. Apart from being a sign of marriage, the wedding band also meant that the woman was a ‘property’ of an individual man, thus becoming a mark of patriarchal ownership or claim. In the Middle East and Asia this was also a symbol of faithfulness for the woman.

The Modern Wedding Band

Although the connotation and definition of marriage vows have undergone a series of different interpretations, wedding bands have continued to be a significant component of a marriage till today. Replacing the humble plant stem, today there are gold and silver bands with precious gems and stones embedded in them. Diamond studded bands with glittering jewels are also pretty common. Whatever is the design and the look, the role of the wedding band remains the same, that of denoting the respect and commitment towards the sacred institution called marriage.

The Options You Have

There are several wedding bands that are readily available in the market nowadays. These can be of different designs, made of different metals and decorated with expensive gemstones. You can choose from the variety of options. Alternatively you can get your wedding band specially made for you and your partner. Customized wedding bands are always more exclusive and unique. It can be made according to the style of your choice, and can also have your name embossed on it. Moreover, you can get t in pairs too! So the wedding band you sport can match your partner’s and both of you can complement each other throughout your lives! In most cases the band worn by the man is broader than that worn by the lady. Some people often get their birthstone embedded in the wedding bands.

As you can see, there are myriad options that are available to you when it comes to your wedding band. But always remember that, more than being a fashion accessory, the band symbolizes the togetherness and commitment that the wedlock brings with it.

simon johnnson is the director of content for executive gift shoppe. they specialize in groomsmen gifts such as pocket watches and money clips, as well as many other engraved gifts .

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