What does a wedding band say about someone? I suppose the answer is, that it can say a lot, or it can say nothing at all. At a very minimum though it does show that this person, or this couple, appreciate tradition. In it’s simplest form the tradition behind exchanging wedding rings represents something simple, and complex all at the same time. The ring that you wear, is a symbol of eternal love for your bride or groom. The circle that the ring forms represents that the love is continuous, just as the circle doesn’t end, neither does your love. This is truly something to think about.
Several wedding ceremonies reference wedding rings. Some of these include:
The Church of England (1662 Book of Common Prayer) – “With this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
Jewish: “You are consecrated to me with this ring according to the law of Moses and Israel.”—said in Hebrew by the groom at an Orthodox Jewish wedding and by both the bride and groom at a Reform Jewish wedding.
Roman Catholic: ”…take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Eastern Orthodox: In the Eastern Orthodox Service of Betrothal, the Priest makes the Sign of the Cross with rings over the bridegroom’s head while saying three times “The servant of God (Groom) is betrothed to the handmaid of God (Bride), in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”. This is then followed by another three times over the bride’s head with the names reversed, after which the rings are exchanged three times (either by the priest or by the best man). The Priest asks God “to bless this putting on of rings with a heavenly blessing and an Angel of the Lord will go before these Your servants, all the days of their life.”In Eastern Orthodox tradition the wedding ring is worn on the right hand rather than the left.
While these specific ceremonies are all something to reflect upon, it’s also important to note that exchanging rings with your partner is also just about showing your love for one another.
Many people in this day and age, have moved beyond expensive wedding rings. Not selecting diamonds, not selecting complex inlayed stones. Instead of these ornate pieces, more and more people are simply choosing to exchange plain rings. These rings are no less beautiful, they have no less symbolism, and they will still last you a lifetime. These can be made of many different materials from Titanium, Stainless Steel, Tungsten, Silver, etc etc – however the standard that has stood the test of time is Gold.
There are some very basic reasons that the plain gold ring has stood the test of time as a symbol of your continuous love for your significant other. It is because gold is THE precious metal. Gold is the standard by which all other precious metals are measured, and all currencies are measured. In addition to this, gold is timeless. Yes, gold wears over time – showing signs of the many different stages of it’s time on your finger, just like the many different stages of your relationship over the years – however gold is surprisingly durable. Plain gold rings are also very easy to polish, clean, repair, and resize. No other metal will be more cost effective to repair, resize, or refinish down the road, so this is certainly something to keep in mind if you’ve decided to pick out a simply timeless piece of jewelry when you exchange your vows, plain gold rings.