I know that I am about to tread into dangerous territory with this post. It seems that if there is anything a bride has a strong opinion about, it is the wedding ring she will wear for the rest of her life. Sometimes those opinions are very affordable for the groom and sometimes those opinions result in years and years of paying it off (or saving up). I completely understand why a bride would desire a particular style or size ring, but sometimes the bottom line makes that “dream ring” unrealistic. If you are looking at such a bottom line, consider the wedding tradition adopted by this beautiful couple, Marcos and Metta. It is both affordable and, in my opinion, meaningful and romantic!
In her own words…
On rare occasions I will go out with my flashy cubic zirconia “bling” ring that I bought for $2.50 on clearance at the mall, but every other day of my life I am a wedding band kind of a girl! When my husband Marcos was planning to propose and called my mother to ask if she knew my ring size, she hinted to him that I wasn’t exactly the type of girl to wear a diamond, but he was already hatching plans of his own. In Marcos’ home country of Brazil, traditions around wedding rings are different than in the United States. When a man proposes, he presents his fiancé with a wedding band with his name engraved beautifully on the inside, and he in turn wears a band with her name engraved on the inside. During their engagement, the couple wears the rings on the right hand, and on the wedding day rings are switched to the left. Shortly after the wedding, the couple also has the wedding date added to the engraved names on the insides of their rings, to signify the date of their union. This tradition has matched beautifully with our marriage, and I love the simplicity of my meaningful wedding band. Maybe by the time our 50th wedding anniversary rolls around I will want a diamond, but every day until then, I will be a wedding band kind of a girl!
Having a meaningful and beautiful wedding ring doesn’t have to leave you drowning in debt. Or maybe you just aren’t a diamond kind of girl. Just adopt this Brazilian tradition as your own and you will always have a sweet and simple reminder of your marriage commitment.