8 Wedding Ring Myths & Superstitions
Dropping the Wedding Ring during the ceremony shakes out the evil spirits is just one of many Wedding Ring myths. Do you believe them?
The Wedding Ring is one of the most personal and treasured possessions a person can have. Not only are they a true symbol of love and declaration of commitment, they are also a beautiful piece of jewellery.
However, there are a number of wedding ring superstitions and myths that plague this special occasion. What does it mean when your wedding ring falls off? Can your wedding ring determine the gender of your unborn child? Over the years, these old wives tales have been passed on through generations. Whatever your beliefs, here are some of the most common old wives tales that are helpful to know if you're superstitious. Some of them may be true, some may not - we will leave that for you to decide.
1. What does it mean when your wedding ring falls off?
A wedding ring that is too loose could mean a parting of ways through a careless act of forgetfulness. This particular superstition looks at the lack of care and attention which has gone into the buying of the rings. By not making sure the ring is a perfect fit, it shows complacency and being slightly forgetful, thus resulting in the parting of two "supposed" loved ones.
2. Can a wedding ring determine the gender of your unborn child?
Probably one of the most peculiar wedding ring myths. This old wives tale suggests that if you tie some thread to a yellow gold wedding ring and dangle it over your bump, it's thought to determine the sex of your unborn child. If the ring swings back and forth your baby is going to be a boy and if it swings around in a circle then it is a girl.
3. What does it mean if your wedding ring is too tight?
Similar to the previous myth, if the ring is too tight and simply doesn't fit, it is thought to be a clear indication that there are straints on your relationship. It is believed that a tight wedding ring points to painful jealousy, or the stifling of one party by the other.
4. What does it mean if you drop your wedding ring during the ceremony?
This myth has been associated with wedding rings for many years. If the wedding ring is dropped by either the bride or groom on their wedding day, then it is thought to shake and release evil and negative spirits. By releasing these evil spirits, it is thought to cleanse the aura of the couple and allow for a long and harmonious future of love. So perhaps it is best to drop your wedding ring on your special day to bring good fortune to you and your loved one!
5. Why is the wedding ring worn on the third finger?
This myth has long since become marital tradition. The ring is worn on the third finger as ancient Greek physicians believed that it contains a vein which runs directly to your heart, symbolising eternal love. However, if you ask any medical professional they will inform you that there is no conclusive evidence that there is a vein that flows directly to the heart from any of the fingers.
It may have started as a myth, but it is now one of the most important wedding traditions to this day.
6. Why are gold and silver traditionally the most common metal for wedding rings?
It is thought that a gold or silver wedding ring displays complete trust and faith of a loved one through gifting your partner with something valuable. In the past, this led to the giving of a key shaped ring to the bride when they arrived at their new/current marital abode.
7. What does it mean if your wedding ring breaks?
The breaking of a wedding ring is believed to foreshadow the end of marriage through the loss of a husband. If it happens to fall off or break, it is believed that the husband must be the one to place it back on your finger.
8. What does it mean if your wedding finger itches?
If you are yet to wear a ring, an itchy wedding finger is a good omen which may symbolise that you are soon to get engaged or married. So if your ring finger starts to itch, there may be marriage on the cards!
Those were just a few of the many wedding ring myths and superstitions which have been gracing marriages for many years. Some may be completely out of the ordinary and outrageous, but one thing is for certain: wearing a wedding ring symbolises true love for one another.
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