Although many people think of a traditional Russian style wedding ring as a ring consisting of three interlocked bands, traditional Russian wedding rings are actually simple, single gold bands. And in Russia, brides and grooms wear matching rings, differing only in size, on the ring finger of their right hand. (Widows, widowers or divorcees often wear their rings on the ring finger of the left hand).
Russian Style Wedding Ring
The three interlocked bands style of ring that is commonly thought of as the Russian wedding ring style first appeared during the 19th century. This distinctive ring usually consists of three different colors of gold - yellow gold, rose gold and white-gold. The three bands represent the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). You may also see this style of ring described as a: Trinity ring, puzzle ring, triple roll ring and sometimes the Faith, Hope and Love ring.
Whichever wedding ring you choose, the simple gold band or three interlocked band, you may choose follow other Russian wedding customs,which are great fun if not great for the liver!
- The wedding celebrations lasts for two days
- The registration of the wedding must be at a civil office
- The groom picks up his bride to be and must pay her family a 'ransom'
- The couple give candies and coins to the children seeing them off and neighbours may throw rice and coins in return
- A Russian Orthodox church ceremony of up to two hours or civil ceremony for declaration of marriage and exchange of rings
- Tour of the local area with friends and families (often in a limousine) with champagne toasts
- Wedding reception with plenty of toasts, food, drink (vodka) and dancing.