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Ring Warming Ceremony

…with this ring I give you my heart…

 

How To Do A Ring Warming Ceremony?

Are you looking for something to include in your wedding ceremony that your guests can participate in as well? What about doing a Ring Warming Ceremony.

Let me explain a bit about the Symbolic Ritual here.

It is a wedding tradition that began in Ireland but has become popular at weddings worldwide. 

A ring warming ceremony (also known as blessing of the rings) is a beautiful ritual to include in your Wedding Ceremony—and can be done with guests, or without.

I particularly like this one, as there are so many ways to make it special to you and your ceremony. 

The guests would take a few moments to hold the rings and bestow blessings and wishes of good luck for the couple upon them, then pass the ring to the next guest.

 

How are the rings blessed?

At the start of the Ceremony, your Celebrant would explain the meaning of the Ring Warming to your guests, and advise them on what method you have chosen to have the rings make their way between them all.

The wedding rings are passed around your guests from hand to hand (there are a couple of ways to do this as explained below). They then mentally fill the rings with their love and blessings for you both.

By the time the rings return to you to exchange, they will have filled them with the highest energy.

You can also choose to have a Ring Warming blessing with words, over the rings, that your Celebrant can do before the actual exchange. 

man blessing the wedding rings at a wedding ceremony

How do we do the Ring Warming?

There are various ways to carry out a Ring Warming.

  • Passing the rings around by hand, once guests are seated.

It might be a good idea to have a “ring chaperone” with this option they would be responsible for making sure the rings are back with the Celebrant in time to exchange rings.

  • Thread a ribbon or a string, along the back of the guest’s seats. The rings then journey through your guest’s hands as they are passed along the string.  Your “Ring Chaperone” would then cut the rings from the ribbon once it reaches the front.
  • Choose to have only a few “special guests” to do the ring warming. As we reach the exchanging rings part of the Ceremony, we invite them to join us. The rings would pass between them whilst you say your vows.
  •  Set up a table at the venue entrance, and as each guest arrives, they hold the ring for a few seconds.

 

Who takes part in a Ring Warming ceremony?

The choice of how many people you include in this ritual is up to the couple.

You can have only your close family passing the rings between each other, or all of your guests, depending on how many guests you have, there is no right or wrong way of doing it.

With a more extensive guest list, this might not work, as the rings need to be back with the Celebrant in time to exchange, and you know how everyone loves to see the rings, so that might take some time.

 

ladies hands hold wedding rings in a little bag

Ring Warming Security

Time is of the essence in this Symbolic Action. The rings need to be back with the Celebrant in time for the exchange.

 What about appointing a ring chaperone? 

Again another opportunity to include a guest in your Ceremony as well.

The chaperone’s job is to make sure that the rings meet their destination at the allotted time. 

 

Don’t lose the rings!

Worried that the rings might get lost along the way? 

You could pop them into a vessel to pass them around. 

There are lots of lovely “vessels” options that you can use, such as a muslin bag or a seashell. 

Pop the rings into anything that resonates with you both.

 

Hopefully, this will have explained everything you need to know about including a Ring Warming in your wedding ceremony.

These are only some options on how to do a Ring warming ceremony, as with every option in a celebrant led wedding, you can do this symbolic ritual in any way you choose.  

photo of a basked with 2 rings in it for ring warming ceremony
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