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Nearly every part of a wedding, from the engagement to the vows, and the gifts exchanged to the honeymoon, has rich history that dates back thousands of years. Cultural roots, ancestry and religious beliefs have shaped marriages for thousands of years.

Over the course of history weddings have evolved quite a bit. For instance, in ancient times, when life was much harder and life expectancies were shorter, husbands enacted a superstitious ritual to ensure their wives’ wouldn’t pass away too soon. The husband would wrap his soon to be wife’s ankles and wrists with ropes of grass believing this would keep her spirit within her. Over the years, the meaning (and material) of the bonds evolved. The grass gave way first to leather, then stone, then metal, and finally to gold and silver. Today, brides don’t bind their wrists and ankles, only their ring fingers, and grooms have adopted the practice as well. The rings symbolize the love and bond between husband and wife.

Traditionally a couple exchanges wedding bands, but there have been some pretty extravagant gifts given. In the Infographic, Moissanite takes a look at some of the most over-the-top gifts of all time and also examines how wedding traditions began and what they signify.

 

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