Whilst not a legal part of the wedding ceremony, the majority of couples will want to exchange rings. The ring exchange has countless meanings and some are provided below in the ring introductions for a celebrant. A celebrant does not need to explain the significance of the ring exchange and you may offer to the couple whether they would like to include it before the exchange or not.
In addition to the ring introduction are ring verses for the couple to say when exchanging rings. The bride and groom may say the same ring verse or they might say different ring verses (or they might not say anything at all, instead exchanging the rings immediately after the vows have been said).
Usually a ring verse is recited after the celebrant as opposed to reading off a palm card, as the bride and groom need their hands free for the ring exchange.
We ask for the rings to be presented, usually by the head groomsman. Some cases may call for a relative or other to be holding the rings as an involvement in the ceremony.
The more traditional version of the ring exchange is a call and response style wording as the rings are placed on each others fingers. Some examples of wording being-
1. Today I give you this ring and I make you a promise that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home.
2. I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you as my lover, partner and best friend.
3. This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with this ring, with all that I have and all that I am.
4. I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife/husband this day and forevermore.
5. I give you this ring as a symbol of all that we have promised and all that we shall share.
6. I give you this ring as a visible and constant symbol of my promise to be with you as long as I live.
7. Let this ring be a symbol of my promises to you and a reminder of my devotion to you. I am honoured to call you my wife/husband.
Some details to consider in regards to the ring exchange are as follows-
Who will be holding the rings and will they be asked by name to present them.
Will they be in a box and is the box important to you, decide who is to be responsible for the box if it is important.
Try to angle each other’s hands to the camera when placing each other’s rings.
Groom should place one hand under bride’s and take enough time for a lovely photo.
If your ring is a little tight, nerves and excitement can make them even tighter, if you push up onto the bottom of the finger it will help slide over the knuckle.
Don’t force if not behaving, just wiggle it on a bit later.
Some brides like to move their engagement ring to the other hand for the ceremony as well to make it a special moment when receiving your newest ring.
The wedding ring will go below the engagement ring after the day as well.