Ring Warming Ceremony Scripts
A Ring Warming Ceremony is a beautiful way to involve your guests in your wedding ceremony. I was a little skeptical at first, but after we did it the first time, I loved it!
What is a Ring Warming Ceremony?
A Ring Warming Ceremony is when the wedding rings are passed around during the wedding ceremony for each guest to add their positive thoughts and/or prayers to the rings. The couple than takes the positive energy with them going forward.
How Do You Perform a Ring Warming Ceremony?
At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, I explain to the guests what we are doing. I ask them to send their positive thoughts and/or prayers as they pass the rings. I also explain how the rings should be passed.
We start passing the rings with the Maid of Honor, who passes them through the bridal party, to the front row. The rings make their way back one side and them back up the other, usually ending up with the Best Man. I generally ask during the ceremony where the rings are to keep check on the progress.
When it's time to exchange the rings, I acknowledge the guests, thank them for their positive vibes and continue with the ring exchange.
When is a Ring Warming Perfect For Your Wedding Ceremony?
A ring warming is a great way to add spirituality to your wedding without being religious. Some couples will choose this when they know they have family member that do want to pray for their marriage. As you pass the rings, many people will just pass them quietly, others may truly want to stop and briefly pray.
It is a truly beautiful idea to pass the the rings around to collect positive vibes. Couples looking for something different to include during their wedding ceremony will choose this because it's clean and quiet. It just involves having a beautiful carrier for the rings. A small pouch, box, or other creative ring carrier makes a great vessel for the rings during the ceremony as well as a keepsake for the day.
When is a Ring Warming Ceremony NOT a Good Idea?
Experience has shown me when a ring warming is really not the best options. There are a few things I keep in mind and share with couples when it comes up:
How many guests will you have? Will there be enough time to pass the rings?
Will your guests truly understand what's going on and comply?
How will your guests be seated in your venue? Is passing the rings reasonable?
Will there be enough time to pass the rings?
If you have 200 guests, you really might not have time to pass the rings through everyone before it's time to exchange them. During one ceremony, the rings didn't make it in time. I tried to simply move on but the people who really wanted to pray over the rings hadn't received them yet. It was awkward waiting for them to pray silently over the rings. It must have been uncomfortable for them being forced to hurry through it. They were the groom's parents and they really didn't understand the non-religious ceremony so this was the couple's compromise. I always ask couples this question now when they want to do a ring warming. If I'd known. I would have started with the groom's parents first.
Will Your Guests Understand The Ring Warming?
You might think it's a great idea to have your guests warm your rings, but will they make it through? Will parents watch their young children and make sure they don't get dropped? Will you have guests that have already had a few drinks and be a little out of control?
Is The Seating At Your Venue Set Up For An Easy Passing Of The Rings?
There is at least one venue here in the Indianapolis area that I know is not set up for a ring warming. They have guest seating in two different directions. They also have all of their chairs set up all the time. They have the capacity to seat 250 guests but if you only have 100 guests they could be spread out all over the place. They also have large pillars between some chairs that would be awkward to move around.
Ring Warming 1
Today, Name and Name would like you to warm their rings. For this ring warming, as we begin the ceremony, we are going to pass around their rings. Each of you will have the opportunity to briefly hold the rings and silently warm them with your blessings, prayers, and wishes for their marriage. When it comes time to exchange them, the rings will have been warmed by the love and support of their closest family and friends.
Ring Warming 2
At this time, I’m going to pass around the wedding rings. We call this a ring warming. We are asking that as you pass them, you share your positive vibes, blessings, and prayers. When they make their way back to the front, Name, and Name will exchange them and hopefully carry your love with them as they embark on their journey through life together. They are starting out as cold pieces of metal, and they will return to them ready to exchange warmed with your love. Thank you!
Ring Warming 3
It is widely believed that precious metals hold energy. The more enduring the object, the more the energy will be absorbed.
At this time, I would like to invite you all to pass the rings between one another and to warm the precious metal with your wishes, prayers, and blessings for Name and Name. As they do this I ask that all present say a silent wish or prayer for this couple, for their marriage, and their future. Name and Name, these rings now contain in their precious metal, that which is more precious and yet priceless, the love and support of your family and friends.