Wedding Rings – Why Are They Placed on the Left Hand Ring Finger?

two weding rings

The tradition and symbolism of exchanging wedding rings originates with the ancient Egyptians.

Egyptians are one of the first cultures to use rings in their wedding ceremonies because of what the shape of the ring, a circle, represents.

egyptian papyrus painting with elements of egyptian ancient history

A circle represents eternity because it has no beginning nor end. This makes a ring the perfect symbol for a long-lasting marriage.

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Egyptians were also the first to designate the third finger as the “ring finger,” and the ring finger of the left hand as the finger where the wedding ring is to be worn. They believed that a vein from this finger went directly to the heart and if this finger were circled with a ring, the love was captured and would not escape.

wedding rings

And they believed that the third finger of the left hand is the weakest. (Technically it’s not the weakest, but its movement is limited due to the way the muscles and tendons are connected).

Anyway . . . What “does a weak finger have to do with weddings” you ask?

Because of this perceived weakness, the Egyptians felt this finger is the most dependent on the others for help in lifting and holding. For couples who are marrying, this is a symbol of their dependence on each other and combined strength as a couple.

Alone they can do many things, but together they can do even more.

wedding rings on top of a pumpkin

The double ring ceremony, where both partners give and receive a ring came into practice in the 20th century. There has never been a law requiring the exchange of rings, but this is one tradition that remains strong.

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Two rings: rasoft / 123RF Stock Photo
Egyptians: mohamedifm / 123RF Stock Photo
Rings on left hands: wajan / 123RF Stock Photo
Rings on pumpkin: Faye Sommer Photography

Say No to Blisters – Keeping Your Feet Comfortable in Your Wedding Shoes

Shoes . . .

We all wear them. And no pair will be more important, or have more thought put into, than the ones you’ll wear on your wedding day.

Your wedding shoes:

  • are the perfect accessory for your wedding gown
  • will be photographed
  • will be oohed and aahed over by your guests

But you’re going to be on your feet for seven to eight hours straight easy, and . . .

There’s nothing worse than painful blisters, pinched toes, and hurting feet, especially on your wedding day.

Avoid hobbling around the next morning by:

  • Skipping narrow styles and opt for a pair with a wide toe box
  • Choosing a moderate heel (2 – 2 ½ inches is good)
  • Wearing those stilettos you’ve been dying to wear for the ceremony, then switching to something lower for the reception
  • Practicing walking in your shoes before your wedding day
  • Using cushiony insoles to help protect the bottoms of your feet
  • If you frequently get blisters, applying a blister preventative (try Dr. Scholl’s Blister Treatment or Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm), before putting on your shoes
  • Having blister treatment, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions, on hand in case your feet do start to rub

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Jean

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Photo credit: Faye Sommer Photography

Why We Do That – Origins of Popular Wedding Ceremony Traditions

A wedding ceremony is a wonderful event – a rite-of-passage full of ritual and symbolism.

Have you ever wondered where these rituals and practices come from and why we do these things? Here are the origins of some common wedding ceremony traditions.

The White Wedding Gown
queen victoria - white wedding gown

We can thank Queen Victoria for the tradition of wearing a white wedding gown. She was the first to wear a white satin and lace dress for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Colored gowns were common at the time as white fabric was considered impractical (hard to come by, and hard to keep clean). Many brides wore their “Sunday Best.”

Enter Queen Victoria. She had some beautiful lace that she wanted incorporated into her wedding gown. The final product was made of white satin. Although she wasn’t the first royal bride to wear a white gown, it was her choice of attire that caught on and inspired brides to be married in white.

Today, while most brides still opt for the white gown, it’s not unusual to see non-white wedding gowns. Vera Wang’s fall 2014 bridal collection featured various shades of pink, including rose, coral and peony; and she also created bridal collections of red and black.

Bridesmaids Dressing Alike

bridesmaids dressing alike

Centuries ago, all of the women, including the bride, dressed alike, not just the bridesmaids. This was to confuse the evil spirits who lurked around. The evil spirits intended to cause harm and ill will to the bride. Since everyone was dressed the same, the evil spirits couldn’t tell who was the bride, and so were unable to cause any harm or mischief.

The Ceremony Processional

wedding ceremony processional

wedding ceremony processional

wedding ceremony processional

The ceremony starts with the processional, the formal entering of the wedding party.

Many couples have only the bride’s attendants walk in during the ceremony processional (with the groom’s attendants coming out with the groom and officiant), however having the entire wedding party enter as couples is perfectly acceptable. It’s your preference.

The processional dates back hundreds of years ago when a wedding ceremony was preceded by dancing (celebrating the joy of life) to the ceremony locale. Through the years the dancing evolved into the modern processional.

With This Ring

wedding rings

During the ceremony, couples exchange wedding rings.

The practice of exchanging wedding rings dates back thousands of years to the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

The symbolism of the wedding ring originated with the Egyptians. A ring is round, with no beginning and no end. It represents eternity and the never-ending love of the couple.

In ancient Rome and Greece, wedding rings were used to represent a promise of fidelity.

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Sealed With A Kiss

wedding kiss

Who can forget the kiss when the couple are pronounced husband and wife? We can thank the Ancient Romans for this as they sealed contracts with a kiss. Also, it was believed that as a couple kiss, their breath intermingles, therefore giving each other a little bit of their souls.

Decorating The Getaway Car

decorating the getaway car

Tying shoes to the back of the getaway car dates back to ancient Assyrian, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures where exchanging shoes sealed an agreement or contract.

Tin cans were later used although it is unclear as to when this practice began). It was thought that the clanking sound would scare away any evil spirits.

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Jean

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Photo Credits:

Queen Victoria – unknown

Bridesmaid walking down aisle, and
Bride and father walking down aisle
Jeff Schaefer Photography

Stargazer lily with rings, and
First kiss
Sandra Reed Photography

Bride with bridesmaids,
Wedding party lined up for processional, and
Decorated vehicle
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Wedding Planning Q & A What's So Difficult About Planning a Wedding?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q. – What’s so difficult about planning a wedding? It seems like a simple celebration with family, and throwing a party shouldn’t be hard, but in execution, this doesn’t seem to be an easy task. Why is that?

A. – Yes, you’re “throwing a party,” but a wedding is so much more than that.

First off, a wedding is a 2-part event, a ceremony and a reception (not just a party).

The ceremony is a rite of passage. Yeah, a big deal. So special attention is needed to give it the honor and respect it deserves.

Your wedding ceremony, particularly your vows, is your declaration of your commitment to each other, a “verbal contract” if you will.

Will you have readings? Do you want special music played during the ceremony itself? Are you wanting to get your guests emotionally involved in the ceremony (and not just be passive spectators)?

Also, not only will you be picking out a special venue for both the ceremony and reception that is suitable to the style of event you want, all of the other details are typically looked at and decided upon with more scrutiny, including the menu, beverages, décor (centerpieces, linens, lighting, etc.), entertainment.

Even though the reception is the “party” part, it’s not just any old party (regardless if your wedding will be formal or casual), so there will be a lot of “moving parts.”
 

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    • The day will be documented (you’ll have a photographer and possibly a videographer).
    • You and your fiancé will get special attire.
    • You’ll be inviting lots of people, so you need to make them aware of what type of event to expect (Formal at a country club? Casual in the backyard? Something else?), so you’ll want invitations that reflect your event.
    • Maybe you want your first dance to be especially memorable, so dance lessons may be in order.
    • And so much more.

 

Yes, the devil is in the details. And planning a wedding includes A LOT of details.

Difficult? Doesn’t have to be.

Time and effort (and love)? Absolutely!

Let Weddings From The Heart take the difficulty out of your wedding plans. Contact me today at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 or by email at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net!

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Bride-to-be planning wedding: batsheba / 123RF Stock Photo
Wedding related words: lyricsai / 123RF Stock Photo