Do Mexicans Use Wedding Rings?

I’m sure this has a factual answer and is probably better-suited to GQ, but I just love MPSIMS. GQ answers the question, and then what? MPSIMS always has fun conversations after the question is answered.

So, like the title says, do Mexicans use wedding rings?

Yes, weddings in Mexico often involve the exchange of rings - it’s part of the RCC ceremony, for starters. And also, separated from the above, “marriage rings” are expected on both sexes. More than in the US, IME, where it sometimes seemed as if the only married men wearing rings were either married to foreigners who would have killed them if the ring had been missing, or in movies where they are only used in order to be removed as an indication that he’s about to cheat.

I’m not sure what else they would use them for, are you looking for alternative or innovative uses?

Tiny napkin holders
Barbie Halos
Hula hoops for stick insects

Wait, wait, is it common for married Americans to not wear wedding rings? Ir is that one of those TV things?

Most married men I’ve known wear their rings. I’m thinking back over coworkers, family members, and friends over the years - pretty much all of them wore rings. In my experience at least, married=ring.

Since the OP has been answered, it’s not uncommon in the blue collar world (US) for guys to not wear rings for safety reasons. I haven’t worn one since I became a machinist 19 years ago.

My father didn’t wear one. Not sure why. I think it was more optional for men in the olden days. Maybe for safety reasons, maybe expense?

That’s pretty much my experience. My dad was tool & die maker, and I recall him not wearing the ring a lot. I usually wear my ring, unless my hand is feeling puffy. My wife sometimes wears hers, sometimes not (it’s not something I really notice.) But, overall, I think most men I know do wear their rings.

Depends on the cultural sub-group.

White collar professionals usually wear wedding rings whether male or female.

Tradesmen like plumbers and carpenters as well as factory workers often do NOT wear wedding rings, and for them there is a safety component (many worksites forbid personal jewelry that might get caught on/in tools or machinery). This would also apply to women in such jobs, who might, if allowed, wear their rings on a chain around their neck. Such people might well own wedding rings and wear them on special occasions, just not daily.

Most if not all of the Amish do not use wedding rings whether male or female (since each Amish group sets their own rules there might be exceptions, but as a general rule they wear no jewelry at all).

And so on.

Double ring ceremony’s were not prevalent until about the 1940’s in the US. This was brought about through advertising and promotion by jewelry companies. Since then the tradition of double ring ceremonies has continued in the US and spread to other cultures outside of the US.

I have a wedding ring that I received from my bride on my wedding day, but I only wear it infrequently. More of a personal choice. I just don’t like wearing rings of any kind.

I recently was the officiate of a wedding, here in the US, and it was a single ring ceremony, with the bride only receiving a ring.

My paternal grandparents married in 1916. My husband is currently wearing my grandfather’s ring, engraved with his name (spelled wrong) and their wedding date. I’m pretty sure my grandparents didn’t much pay attention to jewelry advertisements, but I could be wrong.

Nope. I just sometimes meet an attractive Mexican woman, and at my age I just generally assume that a woman anywhere near my age is most likely married. So, I’ll casually glance at her left hand to see if she’s wearing a wedding ring. It occurred to me that wedding rings might be more of a cultural thing than a religious tradition, and that perhaps they’re uncommon in Mexican culture.

In the foodservice business, the health code (at least in my state) says we’re not supposed to wear rings (germs can get trapped under them), but then goes on to make an exception for wedding rings :rolleyes:

My father didn’t wear his until he retired from the fire department.

Something I have seriously used them for; reel slip rings for really high end fishing rods. No joke – split bamboo and scrimshaw butt-caps and my outrageous fees for custom building, and adding another couple hundred to say “yep - thems actual gold” isn’t odd to too many of my past customers.

LOL - I was going to add “fishing lure” to the list :smiley:

Even the hardcore tweed-drenched crowd I worked with may have balked at that one. :slight_smile:

In really elaborate Mexican-Catholic weddings, there are designated “Ring” people, like an usher and bridesmaid couple who’s sole responsibility/role is to present the rings.

These elaborate ceremonies also include an usher and bridesmaid pair for:

A large rosary that symbolically ties the couple together during one part of the ceremony, its called a lasso (haha)-usually your best man and maid of honor have this fun part

Las Arras, a little treasure chest of coins that the husband presents to the wife, to show that he is entrusting her with the riches of their union

Sometimes there is a couple for the bible, the bouquet, and a unity candle (ugg)

And last, a couple responsible for the enormous pillows that the couple kneel on during the long ass wedding.

These folks are called padrinos de (insert crazy symbolic item) . At my first of my three marriages, it was a large Mexican-Irish Catholic wedding and we had all that (8 usher/bridesmaid couples), plus 2 flower girls, 2 ring bearers and 2 pages, basically little kids dressed like a bride and groom mini ME’s to hold up the back of my cathedral length veil and train. The pope should have been there, it was that extravagant

“Spread…” my great-grandparents had double-ring ceremonies, in Spain and way before the 1940s.

Some people like me just can’t stand things on their fingers. I’m always grasping and lifting things and when the ring is squashed between my finger and whatever I’m grabbing onto it’s very uncomfortable.

Metal allergies can be a reason to not wear a wedding ring.

My parental units are solidly white-collar, but father doesn’t wear his wedding ring because he has developed a metal allergy. They tried 18K, white gold, silver, platinum, titanium…no go*. He just can’t wear the ring for more than a few hours, or his finger swells up like a sausage.

My stepmom doesn’t mind, and he wears his ring for church and weddings/funerals.

My stepfather wore a “daily” ring and a “nice” ring. He a retired engineer when my mother met and married him. In his “retirement”, he flipped houses (in the early '80s, before “flipping houses” was a thing) and did handyman jobs for older folks in his church. He wore his “everyday” ring because he didn’t want the “nice” ring to get messed up. sniffle He was a sweet and sentimental man.

*Surgical steel wasn’t used in mainstream jewelry when the allergy developed. :slight_smile: