This is the 2nd part of my Wedding Traditions Blog. It’s really neat to find out where all these ideas originated from.
Wedding Tradition – Wedding Ring The round/circular shape of a ring symbolizes eternal love and commitment – because it has no beginning or end, and the metal represents strength. The wedding ring dates back to the early days of the Bible. Abraham sent his servant to bring a wife for his son Isaac, the servant gave her a gold ring as he asked her to accompany him and marry Isaac.
Wedding Tradition – Wedding Ring on the Third Finger of the Left Hand The Egyptians believed the “vein of love” ran directly from the ring finger to the heart, therefore the ring was placed there to denote eternal love.
Wedding Tradition – Bride and Groom Not Seeing Each Other Before the Ceremony This tradition dates back to the early days of arranged marriages – when the bride and groom’s first meeting occurred at the wedding. The two were kept from seeing each other to prevent the groom from bolting should he not like the look of his new bride.
Wedding Tradition – Bridal Bouquet The first bridal bouquet did not consist of wedding flowers. Instead, wedding bouquets were originally made of strong herbs such as thyme and garlic meant to ward off evil spirits.