One of my favourite old Irish wedding traditions is the tradition of “Ring Warming”. This is a great way to kick off your wedding ceremony!
Ring Warming is basically when your wedding rings are held and “warmed” by each of your guests at the beginning of your wedding ceremony or at a moment during the proceedings.
Before your wedding ceremony the wedding rings are generally secured to a piece of ribbon, placed in a box or fastened to a cushion.
Your Celebrant will inform your guests that the rings are going to be passed around to each member of the party in what is known as a “ring warming ceremony” and explain the next steps to everybody. I usually recommend this is done before the ceremony begins.
Each guest will be asked to hold your rings for a few minutes and make a silent wish for you both, your marriage and your future to follow this special day. If having as part of the ceremony, music can be played while the rings are being passed around to create ambience.
After the rings have been passed to each guest, they will be returned to the couple or via the best man all ready for the ring exchange vows
The whole idea of a “Ring Warming Ceremony” is that your wedding rings have been “warmed” or infused by the well wishes, positive vibes and loving energies of each guest. This is an extremely personal way to get your guests involved in not only your wedding reception but in the ceremony itself.
For a larger wedding of 100 guests + passing your rings around may take up a lot of time!
So instead of the steps outlined above, you can also tie your wedding rings to a piece of ribbon and leave them hanging from a table or chair in your reception area before the wedding ceremony. Place a sign on the table instructing guests to hold the rings in their hands for a moment and make a wish for you both. Kindly ask your best man to guard the rings and retrieve them before them before the start the ceremony.