Not every detail of a wedding involves the bar! Taking a break from my [Signature Cocktail] posts, I thought I would examine another detail of a wedding that carries a bit more significance. The Rings. Now, depending on cultural and religious background, wedding rings may or may not carry significance. In parts of India, rings may be placed on the toes of brides, while in Romania, traditionally a silver wedding band is given on their 25th anniversary to coincide with their original gold bands. The church of England, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Jewish faiths all reference rings in their wedding ceremonies. The Irish have the traditional Claddagh rings, while the Tali necklace (Mangalsutra) is a necklace that is given in India and Sri Lanka by the groom's family to the bride. I was lucky enough to give my wife the Mangalsutra that was given to her mother before her. That was a pretty amazing experience.
It's also interesting to note in North America, the use of rings for both partners is a more recent trend. My generation thinks nothing of exchanging rings between both partners, as 80% of weddings include this exchange. Our grandparents or great-grandparents would remember this differently, as only 15% of weddings before the Great Depression included both partners receiving a ring.
Regardless of culture or faith, rings have evolved from their beginnings as signs of a fair exchange of wealth between the marriage families (so romantic!) to symbols of love and devotion between individuals.