Wedding bands are an iconic symbol of a bride and groom’s unconditional love to one another. Because they are designed in a complete loop that never ends, it’s said to mirror the couple’s love. While most people are familiar with the modern-day symbolism of wedding bands, there’s a hidden history that remains relatively unknown. To learn more about wedding bands and how they came to be, keep reading.
The truth is that no one really knows when or where wedding bands originated. However, historians have identified some of the earliest examples in ancient Egypt, dating back some 3,000 yeas ago. Old papyrus scrolls support this belief, indicating that rings made of braided hemp, reed or similar plant material were exchanged between the bride and groom during weddings. Much like our society today, the ancient Egyptians viewed the circle of a wedding band as a symbol of eternity; thus, the band symbolizes the couple’s undying love for one another. Even back then, the general tradition was to place the wedding band on the middle finger of the left hand – a practice that’s still largely followed to do this way.
So, why did Egyptians choose this digit out of all ten fingers? Well, this traditional is attributed to Egyptian belief. The ancient Egyptians believed the middle finger of the left hand had a special vein running to the heart. And being that marriages were all about love, it only made sense to use designate this finger as the wedding band finger.Of course, the tradition of wedding bands has evolved over the years,
Up until the 20th century, only a single wedding band was used in weddings, which was given by the groom to the bride. When the 1900s rolled around, jewelery companies in the United States launched an aggressive marketing campaign to encourage “double-ring ceremonies.” As the name suggests, this involves both the bride and groom receiving a wedding band. The first marketing campaign of this tactic failed, however, and it wasn’t until the 1920s when a more successful campaign was launched. Fast forward to the 1940s and double-ring ceremonies accounted for approximately 80% of all U.S. weddings, compared to just 15% prior to the Great Depression.
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