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Wedding Rings: Sealed with a Kiss

Wedding Rings: Sealed with a Kiss

If you're about to exchange wedding rings, the thought of a long happy marriage is a given. But the reality is that divorce is increasingly common. The story in the British press celebrating the country's longest marriage then could offer some helpful tips for new couples who are hunting for wedding rings.

Tying the Knot – Exchanging Wedding Rings

Frank and Anita Milford exchanged wedding rings and vows 80 years ago in 1928. It's a remarkable length of time considering the average lifespan is 74 and 79 for British men and women respectively. The pair have worn their wedding rings through two world wars and seen the world change before their eyes with the invention of TV, aeroplanes, computers and the Internet. The couple celebrated their 80 years together on May 26, 2008.

Platinum Wedding rings – An Enduring Union

The couple put down the long survival of their marriage ever since that day in 1928 when they exchanged wedding rings down to a “little kiss” before bedtime, trips to the bingo and plain English food. The pair, now living in a care home in Devon celebrated their 80th anniversary with friends and family. The couple believe the marriage has lasted because they didn't exchange wedding rings lightly: “Couples these days don't last long because they don't take enough time for each other,” Mrs Milford told the press. “There just isn't enough respect. Our advice to young couples would be to make time for a little romance every day.”

Can't Buy Me Love

Their marriage is evidence that you don't need to spend huge vats of money on your wedding day, and opting for simple wedding rings is enough: “I never cared much for big romantic gestures. Frank has respected me from the moment we met. That is the secret of true love I suppose,” Mrs Milford added. Many new couples marrying today are facing harsh economic conditions as the global credit crunch continues to kick, but the couple prove that money isn't everything when it comes to exchanging wedding rings. Mr Milford, a retired dock worker, told the press: “We're very proud of what we have achieved. When we started we had low wages and worked very hard. The war years were tough - a bomb even dropped on our house. But we have come through it. Young people today want it all too fast.” The couple have two children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.