That Special Wedding Present, Not On The List…

Do you know someone getting married this season and want to make sure they receive a gift that they will love? You might like to think about giving something a bit more unusual than the typical present of money or gift cards. By taking a little extra time and thinking about finding a special gift, you will give the happy couple something they will remember for many years to come and that they will always treasure.

Wedding gift

Money is always useful of course but many people often give newlyweds such a gift and it can be somewhat boring. Cash is quickly spent, and when you want to give them something they will remember, it will take a little bit of thought. One thing you might want to consider is a dinner service or other high quality crockery. You can be certain that such a gift will be used for a very long time. If you shop around you will be able to find something suitable at a sensible price. Very good glassware is always acceptable so consider purchasing some beautiful champagne glasses and wine glasses, perhaps in a presentation box. You will find a huge choice of glassware available in the shops and online.

 

Another gift option you might want to consider is making a charitable donation in their name. Many couples now request those interested in giving a gift to make a donation to a charity nominated by them. Even if the bride and groom haven’t specified which organization would be best or one that they are particularly interested in, you can still donate and let them know they have made a difference in someone’s life. You might want to research which charitable organization or non-profit you think would be the best – many couples will find this a thoughtful gift that they will really appreciate.

Thank you card

You might also think about offering a unique gift that allows the couple to experience something exciting, such as a balloon flight. You can also help in many different ways, perhaps with travel costs or by helping them with their honeymoon expenses. If the couple have arranged a honeymoon, you could contact their travel agent and enquire if you could pay for some extras for them to enjoy. Talk to someone who has an idea of what is available at the honeymoon venue and you will almost certainly be able to arrange something very special for the happy couple.

 

Bride and groom drinking champagne

A wedding is a very special time in someone’s life and you will want to make sure that the couple receive a gift that they will both love and appreciate for many years. By putting a little time and effort into your gift idea, you can come up with something they will really appreciate and enjoy – a thoughtful gift will make all the difference.

The History Of The Engagement / Wedding Ring

Engagment ring styles

Wedding/engagements rings symbolise love and commitment, with many people opting for diamond varieties like the ones available here, but when did the tradition of giving someone a ring begin? Well, it can be traced back centuries to civilisations across the globe, so let’s delve a little further into this fascinating history.

Rings were offered by Ancient Egyptians as a symbol of love

It’s hard to pin-point the exact origin of the ring, but it’s believed the oldest recorded exchange of wedding rings comes from ancient Egypt, some 4,800 years ago. These were made from sedges, rushes and weeds that were carefully twisted and braided together to form beautiful hand decorations and other accessories that were mainly worn by women of the time. Rings were seen as the ultimate symbol of love with the circular shape representing eternity and the hole in the middle being seen as a path to new and exciting things.

Of course, rings made from plant materials didn’t last very long and were soon replaced by rings made from leather, ivory and bone. If the receiver was given a ring made from bone it was thought the giver loved them more than if they had received a reed alternative. What the ring was made out of also reflected the wealth/status of the giver. Rings were also made from copper; we know this because many Ancient Egyptian skeletons were found with rings of this kind on their toes.

Rings later became of symbol not only of love but ownership

Rings later became not only a symbol of love but a symbol of ownership. Roman men would quite literally claim a woman they took fancy to by giving them a band to wear on their finger. These were often made of iron and symbolised strength and permanence.

They would be lavishly engraved and called anulus pronubus, which is Latin for betrothal ring (the equivalent of our modern engagement rings). The ring would be placed on the left hand ‘ring finger’ as there was thought to be a vein in the finger, the Vena Amoris (the Vein of Love) which connected directly to the heart. While this isn’t scientifically true, the romantic theory behind the idea is too sweet to be ignored.

Rings entered Christian marriage ceremonies

Rings were used in Christian marriage ceremonies around 860 and were heavily adorned with all sorts of imagery including doves, linked hands, lyres and such like. The church eventually branded these elaborate designs as heathenish and by the 13th century they were a lot simpler – much like the wedding bands we often seen today.

Early Christians would also wear the ring on the third finger rather than the wedding finger. This is because during the binding part of the ceremony, the Priest would say “in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit” touching the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger in turn. He would then say Amen and place the ring on the third finger.

Diamond rings came into circulation

Even in Ancient Egypt, the material of the ring was of paramount importance symbolising power, love and wealth. Therefore, it’s perhaps no surprise that rings continued to become more and more lavish with the first recorded account of a diamond engagement ring being given in 1477 when King Maximilian I of Germany (1459-1519) proposed to Mary of Burgundy (1457-1482). This started a trend which is still thriving today and is just one of the many interesting facts associated with weddings.

The appearance of rings has changed considerably over the years but they remain a strong symbol of love and commitment today that we continue to exchange and use to represent the strength of a relationship.