Two people standing before family and friends professing their love and commitment to one another are surrounded by wedding symbols: from the color of the bridal gown to the throwing of rice, weddings are rich in heritage and tradition.
Learn the familiar and discover the little-known facts about the various rituals that surround marrying couples.
Let the doves fly as the clock hands moves upward to the hour – all with historical wedding symbols.
Probably the most obvious of all marriage symbols, the engagement ring and the wedding band represent commitment and the faithful love two people share. The circle, an international symbol of marriage, represents infinity or everlasting love.
And why the diamond? The goddess of love, Venus, and the diamond share a common bond: when the planet Venus shows in the night sky, it appears like a fire from within. Diamonds exhibit the same quality of sparkling from a mysterious point within. The ancients called diamonds “Venus stones,” and today the diamond has become a symbol of betrothal, romance and mystery.
Have you ever wondered why wedding bands are worn on the left hand ring finger? During ancient times, it was believed that the third finger on the left hand held a vein that ran directly to the heart. Putting a ring on this finger was to keep the love within, never allowing it to flow out from the finger. Not all cultures wear a wedding ring on the left hand, but starting with King Edward VI in 1549, placing the wedding band on the left hand become a tradition among English-speaking people.
The Color White
Pure, virginal, and innocent defines the color white, making it asymbolic choice for a bride to wear at her nuptials. The color white, however, is a recent tradition.