“ Warming the Rings” is a lovely ritual best suited to smaller weddings, as timing is of the essence … the idea is that you pass your wedding rings around your wedding guests so that everyone can hold them in the palm of their hands and imbue them with good wishes, love and energy. With all these positives from the heart of your nearest and dearest, how could your marriage not be off to a good start? This is a really unobtrusive ritual. If you don’t want to make a fuss but you do want something inclusive and interactive, a ring-warming is a subtle and memorable addition. You should decide who should begin the process though and where the rings should end up – just before you exchange vows. So you should put someone in charge of keeping and eye on the rings’ journey and be ready to catch them at the end and bring them forward. For example the attendant of the bride (matron of honour/ bridesmaid/ witness) could start it off and the attendant of the groom (best man/ witness) could end up with the rings and as tradition would have it, hold them for the presentation of rings step.
There’s also an anonymous reading that goes well with this ritual – it’s called
The roundness of your ring
Betokens the endlessness of love
Its pure metal speaks of the purity of love
Its value reminds you that you should
Defend and protect that which you hold
Most valuable in life.
Wear it with love and honour.
If you don’t want an elaborate ceremony maybe just this touch would be enough.