More about Wedding Bands
Wedding bands are the most well-known of all wedding traditions, dating back to early Europe. In early European customs, the wedding ring was part of the exchange of gifts between families. During this time, marriage was something strictly arranged by families and not an individual agreement between a man and woman. Although wedding bands received mention in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Jewish wedding ceremonies, it wasn’t until the 20th century that it became customary for both a wife and husband to wear wedding bands. Since the 1930s in North America, the custom of proposing to a woman with a diamond engagement ring has become traditional. It has also become customary for the best man and maid of honor, or ring bearer, to keep the wedding rings until they are called for in the ceremony.