Emmeline Smith shares a brief history of wedding rings and why we started wearing them

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the engagement ring is the most important piece of jewellery when it comes to getting married, as no one seems to make as much fuss over a wedding ring.

But arguably, the wedding band is the more important ring of the two. While the engagement ring represents the intent to create the union, the wedding band symbolises the actual sacred union of marriage. Although not all cultures wear wedding rings and of course, it’s down to personal choice if you want to wear one at all, for many, the exchanging of rings is one of the most important parts of the wedding service. It’s a physical symbol of the union, tying the couple together – it really does seal the deal!

Sponsored article by English Wedding member Infinity Diamond Jewellery

In 2020, the BBC stated, ‘Young people are falling out of love with mined diamonds because of their high environmental and humanitarian costs.’ So what are we buying instead? You’ve probably heard about the growing popularity of lab-grown diamonds, so we’re here to answer the most common questions about them and explain why we think they’re a great option to consider when choosing your engagement and wedding rings.

Emmeline Smith explores 5 ways to make greener choices for your big day – without making compromises – which can even save you money!

1. The Dress

Whatever you chose to wear on your big day, wedding attire is a great place to start making more considered choices. With clothes worth £12.5 billion being chucked into landfill in UK each year, buying less is a great way to start helping the environment. A wedding dress costs up to £3000, so it’s also a great place to save money too!