A bit of news broke this morning that Kate and Wills will not be exchanging rings during their ceremony, rather she will wear a wedding band, but he will not. I was surprised by this, but mostly at my reaction. Is it a Royal thing? Family tradition? Personal preference? I need to know, William. Even if he chooses not to wear a the ring after, why disregard that symbolic piece of the ceremony completely? It irked me a little.
Mr LikesIt wears his wedding band everyday, other than for messy chores like landscaping. I have never asked him to, he just does. He likes the ring itself, and believes in the symbolism. It's a non-issue for us, but I have to admit that I would be a little peaved if he didn't want to wear it.
It's not like William could ever pass himself off as single, but that's the first thing that comes to my mind. A wedding band screams "taken," but of course being married is much more than a piece of jewelry. Not wearing a ring doesn't make you less married - just look at my Dad, who does not wear one because of his work. It obviously hasn't affected my parents' marriage in any way. Now, it's none of my business why William has opted out, but I am curious to the reason. It's not like he's doing manual labor.
I guess I am a sucker for the symbol. It's completely personal preference, and before the wedding I would have told you that it didn't matter to me of Mr LikesIt wore a wedding ring or not. I would have argued fervently that marriage is a state of mind and a ring has nothing to do with it. Now, seeing that band on his finger makes me infinitely happy. Not only because it stakes my claim for all to see, but also because he wants to wear it. He wants to be claimed. When we said, "with this ring, I thee wed" we both meant it wholeheartedly. Those words give those small pieces of jewelry huge meaning. Frankly, I just like it.
So let's discuss. How important is your husband's wedding band to you? Did that view change after the wedding? If you're not married, how do you feel about your future-husband wearing a ring?
(and one more for good measure)
(photos care of the hilarious Kate Middleton FTW)