wedding customs by country

anonymous asked:

Do you know why some European countries place their wedding rings on their right hand?

Oh, great question, too. I always wondered why some countries wear it on the left, but never looked it up. I’ll just copy something here:

“Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein ran directly from the 4th finger on the left hand to the heart. Because of this, they chose the descriptive name vena amoris (vein of love). Based upon this, contemporary experts in the field of matrimonial etiquette wrote that it would only be fitting that the wedding ring be worn on this finger. By wearing it on the 4th finger of the left hand, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other.

In Western cultures, a wedding ring is traditionally worn on the ring finger. This developed from the Roman “anulus pronubis” when the man gave a ring to the woman at the betrothal ceremony. Blessing the wedding ring and putting it on the bride’s finger dates from the 11th century. In medieval Europe, the Christian wedding ceremony placed the ring in sequence on the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers of the left hand. The ring was then left on the ring finger. 

In a few European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand prior to marriage, then transferred to the right during the ceremony. For example, a Greek Orthodox bride wears the ring on the left, then moves it to the right hand after the wedding. In England, the 1549 Prayer Book declared “the ring shall be placed on the left hand”. By the 17th and 18th centuries the ring could be found on any finger after the ceremony — even on the thumb.”

In some countries such as Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Netherlands [if not Catholic], Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, and Venezuela the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand.

In other countries, such as Australia, Botswana, Canada, Czech Rep, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA it is generally worn on the ring finger of the left hand. 

In Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, the ring is worn on the right hand until the actual wedding day, when it is moved to the left hand.

anonymous asked:

Can I request an arranged marriage!au? where princess caroline is told she has to marry klaus but she hates him and stuff bc he's an ass, until she doesn't and she can't become queen until she's married and her father is ill?

When Duty Calls

King William’s physician quietly closed the door behind him as he exited the King’s chambers. The diagnosis he’d just delivered to the Royal family had left him drained.

The King would not survive the year.

“Daddy, the doctor is wrong,” Caroline said stubbornly.

“No, he isn’t, Caroline. I’ve felt unwell for a long time. It was wrong of me to not tell you sooner,” William sighed.

Caroline’s eyes welled up with tears and a sob escaped.

She climbed onto her father’s bed to hug him tightly, knowing that each moment with him from now on would be even more precious to her. She wanted to curl up and pretend to be a little girl again, the little girl who would climb into her parent’s bed during thunderstorms; the little girl who would always be safe in her father’s embrace. But those days were in the past, she wasn’t little anymore.

Queen Elizabeth watched as her husband held their daughter, stroking her hair as she cried. But the queen remained calm. She wouldn’t cry in front of Caroline. She had to remain strong for her daughter.

“Caroline, we need to begin to prepare you for ascension to the throne,” the Queen calmly said. “Unfortunately, that means we need to find you a husband.”

“A husband?” Caroline choked out in surprise, her voice hoarse from crying.

“Yes, a husband. The law states that an unmarried woman cannot be crowned Queen.”

“But I don’t want to get married or even be Queen! This wasn’t supposed to happen!” Caroline cried, her voice rising.

“Do not speak to your mother like that, Caroline,” her father reprimanded. “You’re 18 years old, and would soon be thinking about marriage even if I wasn’t ill.”

“I’ve never wanted an arranged marriage. I want to fall in love, to experience it in my own time.” Caroline wrapped her arms around her legs, trying to hold herself together. “I’ve thought about marriage, you’re right, but not like this.”

“I’ll speak with the Chancellor about setting up meetings with eligible candidates. Caroline, you must do your duty if you wish to rule this kingdom. I’m sorry, sweetheart, but it must be done. Perhaps you will find love with one of them.”

Queen Elizabeth caressed her daughter’s face then turned to leave, not catching Caroline’s miserable gaze.

“I doubt it.”

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