Earthy, spiritual, pagan wedding ring exchange ideas
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
For thousands of years lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows. These simple bands are not of great value themselves, but instead are made precious by your wearing of them. It is worn on the third finger, because of an ancient belief that a vein from that finger goes directly to the heart, thus connecting emotion to physical body.
A circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. In these rings it is the symbol of unity, in which your lives are now joined in one unbroken circle, in which, wherever you go, you will always return to one another and to your togetherness.
May they remind you always of the vows you have taken today and of the promises that have been made.
BRIDE/GROOM, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and friendship. With this ring, I marry you and I am honored to call you my husband/wife.
The ring, a circle, is one of nature’s simplest forms. The arc of the rainbow, the halo of the moon and the smallest of raindrops simulate the circle. When a stone is cast upon a pond, it generates waves in ever expanding circles.
Consider this marriage as being two stones striking the water simultaneously. The ensuing waves interlock, and the growth of the enlarging circles show the combined energies of the lives of GROOM and BRIDE. The interlocking of these two lives will be symbolized in the exchange of rings.
GROOM/BRIDE, please place the ring on BRIDE/GROOM'S left hand and repeat after me:
BRIDE/GROOM, I give you this ring as a sign of my devotion and love and with my all my heart I promise to you all that I am. With this ring I marry you and join my life to yours.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER
GROOM/BRIDE, please place the ring on BRIDE'S/GROOM'S left hand and repeat after me:
BRIDE/GROOM, I give you this ring as a reminder That I will love, honor, and cherish you, In all times, In all places, And in all ways... forever.
PLEDGE OF LOVE
GROOM/BRIDE, what token of your pledge do you offer this woman/man?(This ring)
Please place the ring on BRIDE'S/GROOM'S left hand and repeat after me:
BRIDE/GROOM, I offer this ring to you as a symbol of my love and of the vows I have spoken. May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my growing love.
RINGS OF GOLD
You have chosen these rings as the symbol of your marriage covenant. They are made of gold, a metal that does not tarnish and is enduring. These rings represent the ties that bind you together as husband and wife. They are an endless circle representing your marriage union which shall be eternal and pure as these rings.
With this ring, I wed you BRIDE/GROOM for today, for tomorrow, and for all the years to come. Please wear it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your husband/wife.
THE CIRCLE AND CENTER
As God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere, so let the seamless circle of these rings become a symbol of the timeless dimension of unconditional Love.
May the presence of these rings continue to remind you of the eternal love and devotion you are to share with one another from this moment onwards. May the beauty and perfection of these rings remind you of the beauty of your togetherness and the perfection of this union you are sanctifying in this perfect moment.
BRIDE/GROOM, with this ring I pledge to you my eternal and unconditional love.
SYMBOL OF UNITY
May I have the rings please? The circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. It is a symbol of holiness and of perfection and of peace. This ring is a symbol of unity, in which your two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle.
GROOM/BRIDE, please place this ring on BRIDE'S/GROOM'S left ring finger and repeat after me: I give you this ring to wear upon your hand as a symbol of our unity.