We're all used to there being interactive elements, such as hymn singing, in wedding ceremonies. In your celebrant-led ceremony, there are endless options available. So, if you'd like to get your guests involved, you absolutely can. Today, I'm looking at ring-warming and here's everything you need to know about this fabulous ceremony.
Ring-warming, quite simply, allows your guests to 'warm' your wedding rings with their love and good wishes before you wear them. The rings, usually placed in a box or pouch or tied with ribbon, are passed around during the early part of the ceremony or are placed by the entrance so that everyone has a chance to 'warm' them before they're needed.
If you'd like to include a ring-warming, it's a good idea to include a little explanation so guests understand the meaning behind the ritual. This is something that I would be able to write into your ceremony for you so don't worry if you can't find the words! We could mention why you've chosen to include this element in your celebration, what guests will need to do and what their participation will mean to you. Then, if you're passing the rings around, they're sent on their way and a groomsman or bridesmaid can bring them back to us at the appropriate moment.
Ring-warming might not be the best plan from a logistical perspective if you've got a particularly large guest list but it can still be included. Either the rings are available for 'warming' when guests arrive or, if you're keen to pass the rings around, you can simply ask your parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, grandparents and brothers/sisters to take part.
I am a huge fan of this wedding ceremony ritual. It's an element that allows guests to get involved and everyone can add a little bit of themselves to your day without needing to speak out loud or stand up in front of the assembled crowd. Ring-warming is a very personal addition to your ceremony and it's easy to see why it's becoming very popular. If you'd like to find out more about including elements or rituals like this into your ceremony, do get in touch.