Sometimes couples ask me for ways in which they might involve a greater number of their guests in their wedding ceremony. One lovely way to do this is to have a ring warming.
A ring warming involves passing the wedding rings around the guests, asking them to make a wish for you, say a prayer, or simply take a few moments to reflect upon their love for you. By the time the rings are used to seal the couple’s vows, they have been imbued with the love and good wishes of friends and family. This can be particularly meaningful for couples having a non-religious ceremony but who want to consider their religious loved ones. With a ring warming everyone can take a moment to bring their own beliefs into the ceremony in a private but meaningful way.
In practical terms, the rings may be passed around on a cushion or small dish. If there are quite a few guests it is probably worth appointing a ‘ring warming chaperone’ to make sure they end up in the right place at the right time! If the guest list is really large, it may be impractical to involve everyone, but it could be limited to say parents and the wedding party before the ceremony.
Whatever way a ring warming ceremony is included, it will certainly add another dimension to your wedding ceremony and help to make it an occasion to remember.