Changing Trends for Unique Wedding Bands

The fourth proximal digit of the human hand is more popularly referred to as the ring finger. Before the advancement of medical science, it was believed that a vein ran directly from this finger to the human heart. Because of this imagined concept connecting the hand with the heart, the Latin name of the nonexistent vein was vena amoris. Both popularity and sentiment behind wedding rings cannot be denied at any cost. Prominence of the special piece of jewelry is not limited across the Western society alone. Thanks to Hollywood movies, the entire world is accustomed to the charm and the sentiment surrounding wedding bands these days.

According to history, wedding rings are in use for the last several thousands of years! The earliest ring that has been excavated till date is in a tomb in Egypt. Interestingly, a wedding band symbolizes never-ending love and the eternal bonding existing among couples. It was believed that eventually the early Romans succumbed to the culture of wearing wedding rings. It is also believed that engraving these rings to make them more personal started at the hands of the Romans as well. Gradually, the culture was passed-on to Christians. It is amusing to mention here that the special piece of jewelry used to be highly decorated. Perhaps, the more decorated it was, more love it symbolized. Gradually, the Church denounced the practice of wearing wedding rings.

As a result of this admonishment, the bands became simplified once again. It was the two back to back World Wars in the last century that renewed the popularity of wedding bands across the society. Young men who were away from home for years together fighting the enemy, obviously, missed their spouses. Thus, to remind them of their dear ones back home they started sporting this especial band. Gradually, as the devastating wars ended, peace and tranquility restored and soldiers returned home. It was at this stage when the craze of sporting wedding rings was picked up by the civilian community. Thus, the ancient culture survived across the ages to this date.

Moving away from the conventional, a unique range of wedding bands for men made from metals like tungsten and titanium, etc. is steadily gaining prominence these days. This variety of merchandise is much reasonably priced as compared to those made of precious metals like gold and silver. Moreover, these new age rings possess a unique natural shine and that glitter lasts a lifetime.

Especially, tungsten is an exceptionally sturdy metal and jewelry made from it never undergoes dents and scratches resulting from regular wear and tear. In other words, tungsten ornaments are ideal for them who are involved in sports and other outdoor activities round the year. Considering the unbelievable commercial prospect of tungsten wedding rings, a number of reputed jewelry houses are dealing with the assortment of merchandise. These jewelers steadfastly offer superior quality of merchandise based on latest innovative designs. Most of these retailers conduct online business and cater to a surging customer base through their respective electronic shopping outlets.

Which Wedding Traditions Will You Have on Your Big Day?

The concept of weddings has changed a lot over the centuries and people no longer have to marry in a church, nor necessarily, wear a long white dress and a blue garter. But that does not stop a lot of people seeking comfort from the traditions, or superstitions, that have been handed down through the generations. Some of these traditions are so entrenched; many of us perform them without really understanding the significance they are believed to have on the newlywed’s relationship.

For example, did you know that the stag party tradition began in Ancient Greece? Apparently Spartan soldiers would spend the evening before their wedding day celebrating with their male friends. This tradition was thought to offer assurance to the groom’s friends that, although he was entering married life, he would not neglect his relationships with his friends as a result. The soldiers traditionally made a lot of noise and smashed glasses in an effort to keep away the evil spirits thought to gravitate towards the bride and groom on their special day. It really does not sound like much has changed, does it?

The custom of throwing confetti at weddings dates back to the Pagans who threw grains and seeds in the belief that this would enhance the couple’s fertility. Another wedding tradition associated with fertility is the giving of wedding favours to the female guests. This Italian tradition originated with the bride giving out sugar-coated almonds to each female guest. The sweets were given as symbols of health, happiness, long life and fertility.

Another wedding tradition that very few people omit from their ceremony is the wedding cake but how many of us actually know where this practice originated? Initially the wedding cake was actually a number of small cakes brought by the guests and stacked on top of each other. The bride and groom would kiss each other over the tower of cakes and a successful smooch was thought to bring good luck to their relationship. The Romans added a twist to this custom which few of us practice today – they used to break the cakes over the bride’s head in the belief that it would make her more fertile! It is not surprising that particular ritual hasn’t really caught on in modern times.

Many of the wedding institutions practiced today were originally introduced to help ward off evil spirits as brides were believed to be particularly vulnerable. It was for this reason that the Romans introduced the bride’s veil, believing it would disguise the bride and therefore outsmart the spirits. The veil was introduced into the UK in the 19th century and has since been associated with modesty and chastity.

Of course, the dangers of evil spirits do not really play a significant part in modern-day weddings or relationships, but the inclusion of specific rituals can really add a certain sense of occasion to the day and perhaps recalling those good luck customs will help you feel even luckier on your wedding day.

Men’s Wedding Rings – Should a Man Wear One or Not?

Strange as it may seem the use of a wedding ring by men was not common until recently. Whereas women have worn wedding rings for eons, men have not. The use of rings as a symbol of everlasting love enshrined in marriage can be traced back thousands of years. But not so much for men.

It was, in fact, during the second world war that the use of wedding rings by men became more common. (Note that mens wedding rings and men’s wedding bands are interchangeable, both meaning the same thing.)

It became the custom for US soldiers going to war to publicise their marital status by the wearing of a man’s wedding ring. They were happy to make public their commitment to their wife by the wearing of a public symbol that declared that commitment to all. Given that this habit of wearing men’s wedding bands was reasonably new it was all the more creditable that these men were willing to forego the marital obscurity available to them from not wearing a ring and actively chose to make a public statement about their choice.

Men’s wedding rings have become increasingly more common since that time. Today it is probably as common for a newly married man to wear a ring as not. This may be due to several factors. The modern man may consider it his duty to choose to make the same public marital statement as his wife will. And his wife may well consider it a condition of the marriage that he do so. After all, in these days of equality, if she is prepared to make a statement then should he not do so as well?

Despite the fact that the wearing of a ring by a woman is a matter of choice, it is in fact almost obligatory due to the fact that it is so common. Many women do not even consider the possibility of not wearing one. Often, however, a man usually considers the wearing of a man wedding ring very carefully.

There are a number of issues to consider. Firstly, is he concerned about a public display of his marital status? Some men, whether rightly or wrongly, are threatened by this. Others are not in the least concerned.

Secondly whilst the wearing of jewellery by women is so common as to go unremarked that is not necessarily the case for men. For many men the wearing of mens wedding bands is just a case of being asked to wear jewellery. Men often do not feel comfortable wearing jewellery and in many cases have never done so before. Whilst some men see their wedding band as different to wearing ordinary jewellery, others feel just the same as if they were being asked to wear ear rings. “It’s just not done by men”. The author, for example, wears a man wedding band, but would never consider wearing any other form of jewellery.

And as many men have never worn any form of jewellery before they have no idea what it will feel like to have something permanently on the finger. Is it heavy? Does it rub? Silly as it may seem to women this can be of concern to some men.

(If this genuinely is of concern it is quite possible to find a cheap jewellery shop, buy the cheapest ring available and wear it for a while. See exactly what it feels like. And find out your size at the same time.)

Men’s wedding rings are, in the eyes of some men, effeminate. “Real men” don’t wear rings or jewellery at all. This is becoming less of an issue as the wearing of a man’s wedding ring becomes more common, but is still an issue with many men.

Culture is also a consideration. In many cultures the wearing of wedding rings by men would never be considered. Men must think about how their particular culture, and also their religion, would view the wearing of a wedding band.

There are also practical considerations. Many men are engaged in trades where the wearing of a man wedding band would be downright dangerous. Although unlikely it is quite possible for a ring to get caught in machinery. In some jobs a ring cannot be worn on the job, and must be removed. This can also apply to women.

Ultimately though, the wearing of a men’s ring is just one of the many choices the man will have to make once he makes the commitment to marry. And it is often a choice made by the couple together, maybe one of the first they make in conjunction about their wedding.

Which finger is the ring worn on, and why?
Generally a man’s wedding band is worn on the ring finger, the same as for women. The ring finger, for those unmarried men not familiar with the concept, is the fourth finger of the left hand. This is considered to be the finger closest to the heart.

This notion came originally from the ancient Greeks who believed that this finger had an artery which flowed straight to the heart. Whilst anatomically incorrect this makes for good fable.

So you have both decided that he will wear a men’s wedding ring!
Once the man or couple have made the decision to purchase a men’s wedding ring for him there are still choices to make. Do they want to wear a matching set? Or does he prefer that his ring looks quite different to his wife’s. It is perfectly possible for a couple to buy a ring set where the style of the rings match perfectly, or even with matching engraved messages of love.

Generally though, even where the couple are to wear a matching ring set, the two rings are different. It is more common for the man’s wedding ring to be wider than the woman’s. This is because men’s hands and women’s hands are different. A woman usually has narrower finer fingers, and so a narrower band suits her hand. A man on the other hand has wider chunkier fingers and so a wider man wedding band is more suited.

This often results in the mans ring costing more than the woman’s ring even with matching styles, as the mans ring uses more, often expensive, material.

There are many innovative styles available now. Many men prefer a simple unadorned band, however others enjoy highly decorated styles which make a loud statement. The wearing of, for example, very wide and highly adorned Celtic rings is becoming much more common.

When considering the styles of men’s wedding rings it is well worth thinking about the personality of the individual. While different men have very different personalities different rings will suit different personalities as well. A loud outgoing man, for example, can wear a loud outgoing unique men’s ring.

There are many different ring materials which also reflect the personality of the individual. Titanium or Platinum are both becoming much more popular. Whilst diamonds are not, of course, as popular with men as with women, they do make a clear statement which pleases some men who choose them. Diamond men’s rings clearly say “I can afford it” or at least the big ones do. But it can be a brave man who chooses to wear a large diamond band.

Ultimately there are no rules about choosing a man wedding band. It is up to either the man or the couple together to make a decision. Will he or won’t he. There are a variety of considerations. First, will he wear one? Once that decision is made in the affirmative then there is a whole world of choice about styles, widths, materials and the type of statement the ring makes, both for the man and the woman.

But once he has his ring on it is rare that he decides that he doesn’t like it. And even if he doesn’t, it is rare that the woman will let him take it off!

William And Kate’s $100 Million Dollar Royal Wedding? Here Is What To Expect

As the world squeals with excitement over the news of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement, a battalion of consultants are getting to work on planning their sure-to-be-monumental wedding — with an estimated budget of $100 million dollars, this event will be watched by an excess of 1 billion people around the world. Here is a glimpse of what the public should expect from the wedding of our century — the invited guests and the ceremonies and events surrounding it.

As many have predicted, the wedding will likely be a colossal event at one of London’s massive Cathedrals. Because we are in an economic recession, with a British government that is imposing strict sanctions, a royal wedding is just what is needed to revive the enthusiasm and mood of the public.
Engagement rumors have followed the couple for years. But the couple needed time to sort out complicated pre-nuptial and legal arrangements.

Kate will perform the same kind of public service work that other royal ladies engage in — from what I know about Kate, she will be quite content with this role. It’s a full time job being a wife to the future king. Kate is well suited for the royal family. Will Kate become a media star and a celebrity, just as Diana was? Given her looks and sense of style, most likely, she will.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is set to be one of the most eminent events of this century. Millions of people are already mesmerized about the big day. This article has all of the details of what to expect from the ultimate royal $100 million dollar British wedding.

LOCATION: Westminster Abbey, the famous 1,000-year-old church, which has historically been the site of important occasions such as coronations, weddings and funerals, is the most appropriate venue. British kings and queens were crowned there. Princess Diana’s funeral was held there. It can hold 2,200 guests. The only people allowed to marry there are members of royal heritage, abbey staff and members of the ceremonial Order of the Bath and their families. Only about a dozen or so weddings are held there each year.

ESTIMATED COST: The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981 cost approximately $45 million dollars. This wedding is expected to cost more than double that amount: A little under $100 million dollars. With this price tag, anticipate seeing a very lavish affair; one with majestic pomp and circumstance of breathtaking proportions.

WHO PAYS? Money for the festivities may come from several sources: the annual government funding given to the royal household to pay for salaries and official functions. (Approximately $12 million annually) The Queen may personally pay for it. Charles is expected to pay some of the bill, and Kate’s self-made millionaire parents might also contribute.

DATE: A Saturday in July or August seems like a reasonable possibility. An awe-inspiring royal wedding of this caliber takes into account the schedules of all the other royal guests, celebrities and heads of state. Schedules are usually planned a year in advance.

June is already full with activities: Trooping of the Color (the Queen’s birthday parade), and Royal Ascot. Prince Philip’s 90th birthday is on June 10, and William’s own birthday is on June 21. We probably won’t have to wait long for the date and venue to be announced.

THE WEDDING PARTY: Prince William’s younger brother Prince Harry is expected to be his best man and Kate’s sister, Pippa, will be her maid of honor.

THE DRESS: Regarding the bride’s dress, Kate is practical and will be more toned down than Diana was. Kate won’t wear a big, billowy, ball gown as Princess Diana did. It will be a beautiful, slimming white dress, with a dramatic train. She will be crowned with a glittering tiara: either Princess Diana’s “Spencer Heirloom” tiara, or another tiara loaned to her by the Queen.

Most haute couture designers would dive at the opportunity to dress the future princess on this momentous occasion, since the gown is sure to be a prototype piece for years to come. This piece of couture will set wedding fashion standards around the world.

HIS SUIT: He will wear a traditional dark colored military uniform, a sash, a ladder of medals across his breast, medallions under his heart, gold-braided cord, fringed epaulets, a sword, gloves and a white cap.

FAMOUS GUEST LIST: Kate is a commoner who will be welcomed into the Royal Family. The guest list will be overflowing with political figures, heads of state, celebrity friends and acquaintances including: Barack and Michelle Obama, Tony Blair, Elton John, and Sir Richard Branson. We can also expect royals from Sweden, Norway, Asia Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, the Middle East and Jordan.

PRE-WEDDING FESTIVITIES: Prior to the wedding, on a Friday, a select group of guests (mostly European, Asian, and Middle East Royal families) will arrive at a gorgeous castle venue for a luncheon. The dress code will be business chic: pantsuits and blazers.

On the Friday evening prior to the wedding, guests will attend a spectacular pre-wedding concert. Dress code will be black tie and chiffon gowns, with no tiaras, medallions or regalia. After guests are seated in the concert hall, a symphony orchestra will begin to play and the wedding couple will come out on stage. Kate and William will be greeted by the audience’s thunderous applause. They will proceed to sit in a special box and a beautiful classical concert begins. Numerous contemporary pop artists will come on stage, singing songs as the audience claps along. For the grand finale, the bridal couple will be brought back on stage; surrounded by a swarm of children in flowered crowns, who sing and wave colorful royal flags.

WEDDING DAY: Guests will arrive in extraordinary and ornamental costume into a courtyard brimming with uniformed guards; swords drawn in formation. They then walk slowly on a colored carpet, stopping every ten feet or so to pose for photographs. The pageantry and sheer number of military guards is astounding. Guests then enter the church. Their big emerald tiaras, their dazzling necklaces glimmer in the sunlight. Their satin and billowing chiffon gowns move gently in the breeze. Cross-body sashes, adorned with pins, mementos and family memorabilia, finish their outfits.

Many men will arrive draped in military attire, with shoulder epaulets trimmed like a gold-fringed trellis. An overwhelming plethora of military medals, ceremonial ribbons, neck medallions and eight pointed stars might adorn their chest. They usually finish their look with a set of white gloves, a feathered hat and a gleaming sword.

The bride might arrive in a classic stretch Rolls Royce, with her father; serenaded by roving violins, and a children’s choir. Trumpets will blare within the church to sound her appearance.

As the bride enters the foyer, guests usually rotate in their seats and crane their necks to see her. The orchestra will begin a classical marching piece, as seven young children move the bridal procession forward. The bride should tend to move too, with her arm in her father’s; her tiara most-likely glittering.

A long train of pure white fabric will trail behind her, as three bridesmaids monitor it’s movement.

The religious ceremony will commence. After the couple recites their vows, they will place rings on their fingers.

An enormous choir will then bellow out a song of celebration. A pop star might serenade the bride with a romantic song — perhaps something out of a Disney movie.

AFTER THE CEREMONY: Afterwards, William and Kate will get into a horse-drawn carriage, and will travel down the streets of London, probably to the dock.

At this juncture, the streets will be lined with colorful soldiers, situated every three feet. When the couple arrives at the waterfront, they might embark on a royal boat or barge. They will now be under the protection of an array of naval ships, and uniformed personnel. At this point, the air force will send a fleet of ear-splitting jets in tight formation to fly overhead. Sailing around the harbor for a short awhile, they will arrive at another dock. A military procession of Calvary brigades, equipped with beautiful horses and feathered helmets will escort the royal couple in a coach down the Pall Mall towards Buckingham Palace. Citizens are typically lined up on all the procession routes, hoping to get a glimpse of the couple kissing. All through the city streets, stationed on either side of the avenues, are colorful soldiers. When the couple arrives at the royal palace, they normally shake hands with guests and receive congratulations. As with previous tradition, they come out onto a large balcony and wave to the multitudes below. A choir and band perform music in the background.

RECEPTION/BANQUET: A spectacular banquet will be held at Buckingham Palace. Guests are greeted by blowing horns. Each guest is escorted to their seat by a stamping soldier clad in ancient metal armor and feathered hat.

Massive long tables are decorated with ornate silver candelabras, lighted candles, silver and crystal sculptures, gold colored chairs, and spectacular flowers. The budget for flowers will run into the millions of dollars. Each guest is assigned a liveried footman; who will pull out their chair. Speeches and toasts are made in honor of the couple. Blowing trumpets announce every speech by fur-clad musicians.
CAKE: The cake will consist of a multitude of tiers. Probably white creame with a fruit (strawberry or raspberry) filling. After dinner, the couple will approach the towering cake, and cut a slice.

WEDDING DANCE: After the cake ceremony, the orchestra ignites with beautiful music, as the couple dances a waltz. The parents of the couple join in too.

FIREWORKS: A dazzling fireworks display will illuminate the skyline of London.

HONEYMOON: The couple will most likely take a honeymoon on an exclusive private island oasis, such as in Bali, Fiji or Bora Bora.

MARRIED COUPLE: More than likely, the Queen will confer upon William a title such as the Duke of Cambridge. His new wife will then become HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Once William is finished with his RAF duties, the royal couple might conceivably move into a Georgian manor house that Prince Charles built in Herefordshire. It is a very comfortable and fitting residence for a future king and queen.

Various Wedding Ceremonies Of The World

I would like to introduce some special and interesting wedding celebrations to you. I wish you would be fond of this article since it is really fairly amazing, I think.

Two soldiers from America married two girls from Iraq under the pressure of the Pentagon in August, 2003. Their weddings were fairly special and unique since the whole processes of their weddings which were mysterious and serious were similar to special operations in the war. So exciting and adventurous!

The grooms wore military uniforms on that day and their hands held rifles tightly. The judge who held their weddings was very nervous and solemn during the procedures.

Another interesting wedding reception came from America as well. An American girl married a boy from Russia on 10th, August, 2003. The groom named Eury was an astronaut. He was in international station on the wedding reception while the whole wedding was still full of romance. The bride wore the traditional white wedding veils which made her fairly charming and pretty. Her eyes were filled with happiness. I think she was proud of his husband.

A wedding motorcade consisted of famous and luxurious cars of the world appeared in the street in Shen Yang on 9th, April, 2006. The cars in the motorcade were fairly expensive cars such as Porsche, Hummer, Bentley, Ferrari, Cadillac and so on. People there were surprised at those cars and said that it was indeed a luxurious wedding celebration for the newlyweds.

The island of Bali in Indonesia has another beautiful name called “endure island”. There are lots of people who would like to hold wedding receptions in the Krambitan palace, a famous palace built in the 17th century. When the newlyweds get married, they will wear traditional clothes to take part in the wedding celebrations and the local flamen will hold the whole ceremony. The newlyweds can singing and dancing on the beach after the wedding receptions.

If you choose Las Vegas as your wedding venue, you can climb the Eiffel Tower to the 50th floor. Your wedding reception will begin when you walk into the first step of sight-seeing elevator. You can even have your wedding celebrations finished in the helicopter if you like. You can fell the romantic atmosphere in Las Vegas, I think.

Wedding receptions around the globe can be unique, strange, marvelous and interesting. If you would like to have a distinctive wedding reception, I suggest you search the Internet to get some specific information and select carefully. You can find out what you want finally, I think.