With the big day fast approaching, the engagement ring purchased, and the weddings rings selected, you and your partner are likely to be becoming increasingly excited as the day draws nearer.
But perhaps you’re conscious of upsetting the balance – especially when it comes to common myths and superstitions around your wedding rings and engagement ring. Does an itchy finger really mean bad luck? And would a tight wedding ring mean the relationship becomes ‘stifled’? Our guide to the most common wedding ring and engagement ring superstitions has you covered.
Wedding and engagement ring myths
1. If your wedding ring is too tight, this can create a ‘stifled’ relationship
One of the most common superstitions around a wedding ring which is too tight is that this can spark jealousy in the marriage. A wedding ring which is too tight can be thought to symbolise that the relationship could be ‘strangled’ or ‘stifled’ – which would then lead to an unsuccessful or unhappy marriage.
2. You can determine the gender of your unborn baby by dangling your wedding ring over your baby bump with a piece of thread
Who needs modern technology when you have a ring and a piece of thread? According to this wedding ring superstition, there is no need to visit the hospital – instead, simply tie the ring to the thread, hang it over your belly and let the stars do the talking. If the ring starts swinging in a circle motion, congratulations it’s a girl! And for a boy, your ring will swing back and forth.
3. As a sign of showing trust, brides and grooms give each other gold or silver wedding rings
There is a reason wedding rings are so expensive. They are worn to show trust in one another (or if one of you runs away, then you still have a high quality ring!), so Gold or Silver Wedding Rings were given to show trust, love, and faith in your soon-to-be-spouse.
4. Loose wedding rings could be a signature for the parting of ways
For starters, the likelihood of you losing your wedding ring is quite high, so ensuring you take extra care of your wedding ring is important. Make sure it’s the perfect fit, because a loose wedding ring can be thought to show forgetfulness, which ultimately leads to partying of ways.
5. Remove evil spirits from your marriage by dropping your wedding ring during the ceremony
You may think it’s a sign of being clumsy, but according to this wedding ring superstition, dropping your wedding ring will rid evil spirits from your marriage, supposedly. Your wedding ring will be released of negativity, leading to a long and prosperous marriage, as the aura of your marriage is cleansed of evil.
6. The vein in your middle finger runs straight to the heart
Or on your fourth finger if you are counting your thumb. This is probably the most common practise now for getting married, and it all stems from the belief that the vein runs directly to your heart, but only on your left hand.
Medical professionals may argue that there is no clear medical evidence to support this, but either way, it now stands as one of the set weddings traditions in Western Culture for the wedding ring to be placed on this specific finger.
7. It’s bad luck to wear someone else’s wedding ring
In some cases, it’s thought to be bad luck to wear someone else’s wedding ring – especially from a broken marriage. This is derived from the belief that energies can remain in objects of trauma, such as a broken marriage – suggesting that if someone were to wear a wedding ring from a divorce, it would pass on energy to the wearer for an unsuccessful marriage.
8. Itchy ring fingers are a good omen for pending engagement rings
If you’re yet to wear a ring, an itchy ring finger can symbolise that you are soon to be engaged or married. So, if you’re waiting for him to pop the question and your finger starts tingling or itching – a proposal may be on the way!
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