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The History of Wedding Rings

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The History of Wedding Rings

It is commonly believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Relics dating to 6,000 years ago, including papyrus scrolls, are evidence of the exchange of braided rings of hemp or reeds between spouses. A lot different to the diamonds and silver we know of today. Ancient Egypt considered the circle to be a symbol of eternity, and the ring served to signify the perpetual love of the spouses. According to a tradition, believed to have been derived from the Romans , one that I believe in too, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger...

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Norse Weddings

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Norse Weddings

Norse wedding ceremonies have always intrigued me. Pagan weddings really. It is also the world’s fastest growing religious bodies. My favourite spiritual tradition from Norse/Celtic is Druidry. This is a recreation of ancient Celtic practice with a strong focus on poetry and storytelling. An example druid wisdom teaching would be this Celtic traid, “Three things loveable in a person: tranquillity, wisdom and kindness.” Now onto the ceremony! Hand fasting. This is wedding or betrothal ceremony. In pre-Christian Europe weddings were rather straight forward, especially in Celtic Lands. Before the ceremony the two families would come together and workout owner ship...

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Traditions in Weddings

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Traditions in Weddings

Over the weekend Claire attended a wedding in Somerset and she said it was beautiful and came back full of curiosity on how weddings came about, the traditions and weddings in different cultures and in history. So, we are going to be having a series of blog posts each week for the things I have just listed. There are many traditions within wedding ceremonies that you may recognise and that you may never even know existed. As I was researching Claire and I were very interested in what was actually done. Let’s start with something old, something new, something borrowed...

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