The exchange of any item or value goes back to the oldest sources, and the wedding ring likewise was always used as a symbol for keeping faith to a person. A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship. Teen pays ride to stranger with sex in his car in public.
In the 20th century, the role of the wife in Western marriage changed in two major ways; the first was the breakthrough from an "institution to companionate marriage";  for the first time, wives became distinct legal entities , and were allowed their own property and allowed to sue. Marriage takes place on the basis of a marriage contract.
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In particular, the control of marital property, inheritance rights, and the right to dictate the activities of children of the marriage, have typically been given to male marital partners. Sexy amateur babe payed for having sex.