By Jennifer Cox
A recent trend in wedding ceremonies is the ringwarming ceremony. The idea is simple enough: have someone make an announcement prior to the start of the wedding to explain that the wedding bands will be passed around to each guest during the ceremony. Just prior to the ring exchange, guests are invited to hold the ring and to silently offer a blessing or wish for the newlyweds, then pass them on to next guest. Once everyone has had a turn, the rings are returned to the officiant for the ring exchange.
This modern tradition is much easier to pull off at smaller weddings; larger affairs increase the risk of having the ring dropped, lost or making the ceremony drag out too long.
If you’re worried about passing out your wedding bands and losing sight of them, you could ask someone if they would “administer” the process and supervise things so that nothing gets lost. Another great idea is to attach the rings to something, like a ringbearer bowl or even your ringbearer pillow, so something larger is being passed around.
The ringwarming tradition is a unique way to make your guests to feel close to you and also to feel like they are part of your ceremony. However, since this trend is fairly new and somewhat non-traditional, there’s a good chance not all of your guests will understand it. You might want to consider adding a blurb in your wedding program about how the ringwarming ceremony works and why it is important to you.
Jennifer Cox is a Montreal based freelance journalist who loves everything from weddings to foodie news, photography & candy!