ringwarming ceremony

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.

ringwarming bowl

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.

Read about this real wedding which had a ringwarming ceremony.

Photo One: Hazelnut Photography; Photo Two: Palomasnest

jennifer cox Jennifer Cox is a Montreal based freelance journalist who loves everything from weddings to foodie news, photography & candy!

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  1. Posted by Laura on July 14th, 2010 at 6:31pm

    I've photographed a ring warming where the couple had parents 'bless' their rings. Man, did I have tears rolling down my cheeks. It was beautiful.
  2. Posted by Paula on July 16th, 2010 at 8:43am

    This is a truly sweet tradition that makes it all the more personal
  3. Posted by Jenn on July 16th, 2010 at 2:43pm

    Beautiful pics Laura! I wish I'd known about this tradition when I got married last Oct!
  4. Posted by Bethany on July 27th, 2010 at 10:45am

    We had a ring warming during our wedding ceremony in May - there were only 20 guests, so it was fairly easy to pull off. Instead of having people pass the rings while the ceremony took place, we actually made it a special part of the ceremony right before the exchanging of the rings. We started it by having the officiant explain the ring warming, then she handed the rings (in a small organza bag) to the first person on the row, who began to pass them along. We had a harpist play a special song (we chose the Celtic song "Simple Gifts") while we - the couple - turned and watched each person's face as they held the rings. When we exchanged the rings, they were literally warm from everyone holding them. It was the most moving part of the entire ceremony, and it made everyone cry like little kids. I highly recommend it.
  5. Posted by Jenn on July 27th, 2010 at 11:16am

    Sounds beautiful Bethany! I got married last October but only heard of this trend recently- wish we had done it. I think we will one day when we renew our vows!
    Thanks for reading and posting!!
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