In love, engaged, married
For most of us, at some point in life, that special day will come – the time for us to “tie the knot” and get married.
That biggest of big days, when bride and groom pledge to love one another for the rest of their lives. The ring which the newly-weds exchange during the celebration symbolises the eternal nature of their togetherness. Traditionally, a simple gold ring is used as a wedding ring. Even in ancient times, married couples would wear such rings as a sign of their bonding – on the left hand, because they believed a vein led directly from there to the heart, and thereby the source of all love. In Austria and Germany, wedding rings are traditionally worn on the right hand.
Over the years, a vast array of variations on the classic gold ring has emerged. Many people nowadays like to use diamonds as a sign of their never-ending love, for instance. Most bridal couples have their wedding rings engraved with the name of their respective new partner and the date of their wedding. Some will also add to this a secret combination of letters, all the more special because they and only they understand it. One example might be “GBY” – or “God Bless You” to the initiated.