The exchanging of the rings is one of my favorite moments during a wedding. Everything about it is just incredible. By this point in the ceremony the bride has already made her grand entrance and walked down the isle drawing “ooohs” and “aaaahs” from everybody in attendance (another classic photo). Yeah, that tradition is incredible but from there the energy just keeps building. Then there’s the wedding officiant, who can always be counted on to bring a lump to the throat and a smile to the face of everybody with their practiced words to the couple. Or maybe it’s the groom gently holding his bride’s hand as he slides the ring onto her finger? Or it could be our understanding of the eternal nature of the ring itself or collective hopes for happiness and love? I dunno, but I’m telling you this, it’s very nearly an electric feeling! Most of us know the rings, or circles, have long been considered symbols of the eternal nature of the marriage, but did you know the history of the ring itself?
Of course the exchanging of the rings isn’t the only tradition. Ever find yourself wondering why the bride carries that colorful pretty bouquet? (Pst…it has something to do with how those flowers smell) Or how about that garter belt carefully selected but worn just out of sight? What about the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? The story behind these and other traditions may just surprise you with their origins.
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