What does the Bible
Question: What does the Bible say about wedding rings? What do they symbolize?
Answer: There is not much evidence, if any, that suggests wedding rings have any religious significance. The Bible is also silent about them. Nevertheless, many feel a ring symbolizes a never-ending circle of eternal love.
The use of a ring in a wedding most likely came from an old Roman custom that predates Christianity. At a time when arranged marriages were quite common, this token was likely a pledge to fulfill the marriage contract. Though they had doubts about their use, Christians in the Roman Empire tolerated rings given in a betrothal ceremony.
In the first century, it was common for those who were financially well off, both Jews and Gentiles, to wear several rings on their fingers as a sign of their wealth and status in society. The book of James warns that those who wear such jewelry in church should not be favored and respected more than those who do not (James 2:1 - 4).
The Bible does not mention any tokens of love or devotion used in marriage ceremonies. It does, however, have much to say about courtship and offers couples a clear admonition on how to treat each other (Ephesians 5:22 - 25, 28). Jesus underscored the importance of marriage as a lifelong commitment by referring back to God's institution of the marriage covenant (Matthew 19:4 - 6).
Because God has not commanded the use of any token to symbolize the marriage between two people in a wedding, the choice is yours whether to use rings or not. If their use encourages faithfulness to strengthen the marriage bond then their use may be a good thing.