Order of ceremony and ring exchange wording

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@aussiebride26:  I’m Australian and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen the ring exchange after the signing of the papers. The ring exchange sort of goes with the vows because immediately after the actual vows, bride and groom each say something as they put the rings on each other; and what is said is very similar sort of things to what is said in the vows.

I’m sure the celebrant will have some suggested things to say as you put the rings on each other.

p.s. You can do the kiss last if you want, but usually the first kiss is before the signing of the papers. i.e. do the vows, exchange the rings, celebrant says something like “I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride”. Then you’re actually married (I think!) and you go off to sign the papers to formalise what you’ve just done.

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