In the “Naked Wedding” Era, How Do We Symbolize Our Love?
In recent years a new term has been attracting attention in China: “Naked Wedding.” But it’s not what it seems! In reality it means getting married without having an apartment or a car, and even without a wedding celebration or a ring. Couples choose to go without all of these so-called “luxuries” which were previously considered essential to a newlywed couple, and are now being viewed as expendable. It’s considered romantic to focus less on the material and more on the spiritual love of the couple. This trend is making waves thanks to bloggers in China spreading the word about “naked weddings.”
The generation that grew up during the rapid economic development of the ‘80’s, thanks to higher education levels and growing material wealth, attained a better quality of life than their parents’ and grandparents’. But when they grew up, got married, and started their careers, they suddenly realized that the economic reality is much harder than they had imagined. High prices, the high cost of living in China, and intense competition for jobs laid a heavy burden on their shoulders. This reality led to the creation of the concept of the “naked wedding” and the trend has spread quickly
According to some statistics, the cost of marriage in the big cities can reach a few hundred thousand Yuan, and in some cases the cost may be even as high as two million. To young people just starting out, these numbers are astronomical. For those who are not wealthy, which is the majority, there are two options for celebrating a wedding. The first option is to milk the life savings of the parents, leaving them with nothing for retirement. The other is to buy a house, and a car and have a luxury wedding—and end up with a decade or two worth of debts to repay. This leaves the couple just starting out with a significant burden which will negatively affect their quality of life in the future.
Faced with this harsh reality, many young people started to rethink their attitudes toward having a large wedding. They asked themselves whether the luxury and expense had anything to do with “freedom,” “truth,” and “pure love”. They began asking themselves if everything they had come to expect from a wedding was really “necessary”. They took a hard look at what a wedding was really about and they chose to do without many of the “extras”.
To some extent, the emergence of the concept of "naked wedding" symbolizes the progressive thinking of the new generation, and has had a positive outlook on the perception of marriage by the young people.
But does the word "裸" (ch: naked) have any other influences apart from a new fashion concept? For most people "love" and "marriage" are once and for always. But might a couple that had a "naked wedding" feel some regrets as they grew older? Wouldn’t they feel that there was nothing to "witness" their love? No wedding reception, no leather-bound album, nothing physical to mark their special day? While the “naked wedding” is a nice ideal, many couples don’t really want to give up all of the traditional wedding trappings. Many couples seeking a “naked wedding” don’t want to be completely naked; they are looking for a compromise.
In both ancient and modern times people gave each other "tokens" of love to express their feelings. Therefore a perfect token to "witness" love in the "naked wedding" era might be a beautiful wedding ring worn on "her" finger.
Traditionally, the wedding ring finger is connected with the "heart"; that is why people like to put a wedding ring on this finger of their beloved one. A ring is a perfect symbol of love, its round shape represents the eternal love of the couple.
Young people can find different wedding rings from different materials, according to their financial means and preferences. Of the various wedding ring options out there, the "Diamond Wedding Ring" is undoubtedly the favorite choice. It is well known that the hardness of diamond represents stability. When years pass, the diamond on the wedding ring finger, regardless of its size, keeps its sparkle. It can be passed from generation to generation. Does it not make the diamond the best witness of love for two loving people?
In today's market there are many diamonds of different prices, and even young people with a lower income can find an inexpensive diamond ring. It is important to mention that a reliable diamond certificate is no less important. There are many diamond laboratories in the world that are able to provide a diamond certificate of authenticity. EGL (European Gemological Laboratory) is one of them. EGL ASIA diamond grading services are very affordable and most importantly – reliable. EGL ASIA is the only foreign laboratory who has official agreement with China State owned laboratory NGTC to give two certificates in the price of one making the diamond ring purchase even more safe guarded. Getting a certificate for your diamond means that you are ensuring its value and quality—something that is very important when you make an investment like a diamond ring.
“A diamond is eternal and can be carried forward generation after generation" In the era of the "Naked Wedding" let's use a diamond to witness our eternal love! Of course, the most important thing is always the "love" itself. And no matter what kind of wedding you choose, we hope all the lovers out there find their “soul mate” and have the wedding that fits their needs.