How to do a unity ring warming ceremony during your wedding:
You don't have to have any sort of unity ceremony during your wedding ceremony, but for some couples they want to add a special something, and this ring warming ceremony is a great way to invite your guests to be a part of your wedding ceremony.
So what the heck is a ring warming ceremony anyway? Well, the general concept is that your guests will warm your wedding rings with their love, prayers, blessings or kind thoughts before you place them on each other's finger and that every time going forward when you look at those very same wedding rings you will be reminded of all the support and love you are surrounded by. This unity ceremony is by far one of my favorites.
So how do you do a unity ring warming ceremony during your wedding? It's really fairly simple. There are a few ways to do it, the first would be to place the rings in an area seen just as guests are entering the ceremony with a sign explaining that you would like each guest to warm your wedding rings by simply placing a hand on them and passing on a kind thought, prayer or blessing. It's very helpful if you assign a family member or friend to stand by the rings to one, safeguard them and two to answer any questions guests may have. Just prior to beginning the ceremony the best man will remove the rings from their spot and hold onto them until needed during the ceremony. Now, during your wedding ceremony we will explain again why we asked your wedding guests to warm your rings and what their support means to you as a couple.
The second option would be to place the rings in a decorative baggie or box and at the very beginning of the wedding ceremony we explain that we will pass the rings to each guest and as they receive the ring we ask them to quickly hold them, think a kind thought before passing them onto the next guest. Again, we would ask a groomsmen or friend or family member to serve as ring helper to assist in seeing the rings all the way through the guests. The rings begin with the maid of honor, are passed through the bridesmaids onto the first row and onto each guest until they reach all the way back up to the best man who can easily retrieve them from the parents in the front row. I know what your thinking..."my rings? passing them? don't worry, remember you have a ring guard helping and over the past 10 years I've never had anyone walk away with the rings!
I love that this ceremony draws your guests into the wedding ceremony, it makes them feel appreciated and part of your wedding day.