A ring warming ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to involve your guests in the wedding ceremony. With this ritual the rings are placed in a special box or dish and passed around the guests during the ceremony. Every guest has the opportunity to hold the rings and make a wish for the happy couple sending their love and best wishes for the future.
This is usually included towards the beginning of the ceremony so the rings have the chance to make their way through the guests. The best man can then retrieve the rings from the when we come to the giving and receiving of rings. The wording I use is something like this -
Today the bride and groom will exchange rings as a symbol of their love. As we start the ceremony please warm these rings by passing them down the row. As you hold them in your hands, pause for a moment, and make your wishes for the couple and for their future together before you pass them on. These rings will not only be a gift from one to another but will be given with the love, support and wisdom of their family and friends.
This simple ceremony is perfect for couples who want to keep the ceremony short and simple but want the opportunity to include their guests in the ceremony. It certainly brings an extra level of emotion to the day and it is one of my favorite symbolic elements to include in a ceremony. you can also get creative with how you present your rings for passing around, place them in a special box or dish or simply tie them together with a simple piece of ribbon.