WARMING OF THE RINGS

 

The concept is simple: near the beginning of your ceremony, we let your guests know that your rings will be making their way through the assembled guests, with an invitation for each guest to hold the ring, say a silent prayer/blessing for your marriage, and then pass it to the next guest. During this ritual we can continue on with the ceremony until it's time for you and your partner to present the rings to each other.

 

Obviously, there are limitations to a ring warming: sometimes it might not work well for super large weddings, as you need to be mindful that we need them back when we’re about to do the exchange!  So, if you are having a big wedding you may want to have someone watching the progress of the rings and keeping them moving in a timely manner through your guests. Or, even, just limit the passing of the rings to the immediate family & wedding party.

 

Some people worry about rings getting dropped during the ceremony – often you’ll see suggestions of having the rings on a cushion or in a box – although for us personally, we like the thought of the rings actually being “held” by your guests.  It’s kind of the whole point of them being passed around!  So we suggest that if you have the rings tied together with some ribbon – nice & long.  This then serves a few purposes; the ribbon keeps the rings together, they’re less likely to be dropped - and if they are, they’re easily found & picked up!, they’re also easier to pass to people, as mostly the ribbons would be held in one hand and the rings cupped with the other, and lastly – as mentioned – it means that guests are physically touching the rings themselves.

 

It is important though not to tie knots in the ribbon – as remember, they need to be (easily) un-tied by someone before being handed to either yourselves or your officiant.  This is also something to consider if using a ring cushion for the rings to be carried into the ceremony.

Example wording for Ring Warming;

 

(Officiant):  During this ceremony the (name & name) will exchange a gift of a wedding ring. They have entrusted the keeping of the rings with (ring bearer).

These rings are the visible signs of their commitment to one another.

 

As this ceremony proceeds we ask that you all will take part in the warming of the rings.

We ask that you, their family and friends wish (name & name) health and happiness, and all that is noble and good in life.

 

(Ring bearer) will now pass these rings to the families, and I ask that each family member hold them for a moment, warm them with your love, then pass them on to the next person. I ask that all present voice a silent wish or prayer for this couple, for their marriage and their future together.

 

When these rings come back to (ring bearer) they will contain, in their precious metal, that which is more precious, that which is priceless: your love and hope and pledge of support for this union.

HONOURING   THE   DECEASED

 

In the memory of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other close person in your lives  - they can remembered by placing a photo on the altar, or by including a moment of silence, a special reading, a favourite song, or the lighting of a candle in their memory. 

At the time of having a special moment in the ceremony for remembering your loved one/s, you could also have a reading to say a few words of love.  Alternatively, you could have these printed and given out to your guests

 

Flowers may have been chosen with that special person's tastes in mind, and it may be mentioned in the program.  Personal remembrances may be spoken to honour them and include their memory in the ceremony.

 

In the memory of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other close person in your lives  - they can remembered by placing a photo on the altar, or by including a moment of silence, a special reading, a favourite song, or the lighting of a candle in their memory. 

At the time of having a special moment in the ceremony for remembering your loved one/s, you could also have a reading to say a few words of love.  Alternatively, you could have these printed and given out to your guests

 

Flowers may have been chosen with that special person's tastes in mind, and it may be mentioned in the program.  Personal remembrances may be spoken to honour them and include their memory in the ceremony.

Example Wording;

 

(Officiant):  During this ceremony, (Names) would also like to take a moment to remember those very special people who cannot be here with us today.  Dear loved family/friends who are no longer with us. 

Most especially, we think of (perhaps names of loved one).

 

We think of them, not with any sadness, but with love, smiles and joy – as they would of wanted us to, on this very special and happy day.

 

In their memory, a candle will now be lit – and a poem said…..

Prayers & Poems for Remembrance

Example 1

 

Although we can't see you
We know you are here
Smiling down, Watching over us
As we say 'I Do'
Forever in our hearts
Forever in our lives
And so we say our vows
In loving memory of you

 

Example 2

 

For those who are loved and lost along the way,

A flame to remember them burns today,
For the laughter, smiles and memories remain,
Together today their presence sustains,
Never forgotten and loved forever more,
Today their blessings flicker and soar.

 

Example 3

 

Light a candle for those we mourn
Into a new life they have been born.
Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place
They are free to travel through time and space.
Light a candle for those of us who remain
Knowing you have gone where there is no darkness or pain.
I light a candle, for you have not really gone
With each flickering flame, in my heart you will always belong

 

Example 4

 

Thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have are memories

and a picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake,

with which I'll never part.
God has you in His keeping,

I have you in my heart.

 

Example 5

 

Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
His little girl's a Bride today,
and I am counting on you.
Let me feel his presence;
as I journey down the Aisle.
But let me notice his absence;
If only for a while.
Let me stop to think of him;
As I am given away.
And know that if he could;
he would be here with me today.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
And if he should get sad today;
Dear Lord I count on you.

 

Example 6

 

On this special day we remember that loved ones are missing today.

Ones our hearts hold on to as we travel along life’s way

Loved ones who made life so special for those who gather here

Ones who will not be forgotten, but cherished from year to year

And now we pause to remember, how we fondly recall, how dearly each of us loved them.

And how they loved us all.

 

Example 7

 

Memories carried in our hearts

You are always at our side

Today we remember you

Your love is still our guide

It’s sad you will not be here

On the day (names) say I do

And so they say their vows today

In loving memory of you

PARENT   RECOGNITION

 

Parents, grandparents, godparents or other close relatives are honoured for their love and support by each partner during the ceremony.  These special people can each be recognized with the gift of a flower, a corsage, a special poem or a simple hug and kiss.  This is a touching ritual for the beginning of the wedding ceremony, and is usually deeply appreciated and remembered by all. 

 

For a few words which we can say, especially directed at the parents or immediate family members, to offer your appreciation of their role in your lives;

 

Example 1:

 

(Officiant):  To our parents/immediate family, who have been our navigators in life, always steering us in the right direction.   Our thanks for all your love and friendship. And for never being too busy to listen to all our hopes, our dreams, our fears and our ambitions in life so far.

We wouldn’t be here without you

 

Example 2:

 

(Officiant):  (Name & Name) would also at this time like to say a heartfelt thank you specifically to their parents/immediate families.  For all the support, encouragement and love that they have continuously offered through-out their lives.

Without you all, this day would not be possible.

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