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Fit played an equally important role in realm of superstition surrounding wedding ring. The fit had to be perfect. Too loose a fit would lead to a sloppy marriage, carelessness, and even cause couple to grow apart. Too tight a fit would doom couple to a suffocating, painful marriage.
In ancient times, wedding bands occupied third finger on left hand just as they do today. The significance of third finger was belief that vein in third finger, "vena amoris," led directly to heart. This was a thought propagated by Egyptians and adopted as truth by ancient Greeks and Romans, until later disproved.
Even after discovery that there was no vena amoris, custom of wearing wedding band on third finger survived. Early Christian marriages included a ritual that landed wedding band on third finger: As priest recited, "In name of Father, Son, and holy Ghost," he took ring and touched thumb, first finger, and then second finger. When he said, "Amen," he placed ring on third finger, sealing marriage. The wedding band has occupied third finger into 21st century, except for a short period during Elizabethan era, when whimsy decreed that wedding ring reside on thumb.
Double-ring ceremonies gained popularity during World War II as young soldiers shipped off to war. The token of marriage contract took on new sentimentality during those troubling times, and that custom remains intact today. Ceremonies differ, vows are often unique, but tradition of wedding band has survived through ages, and probably will—for all eternity.
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