Post # 1
My fiance and I are doing our "official" ceremony at City Hall a few days before our wedding. At the wedding we will have a ceremony performed by a good friend and a reception following. I can’t figure out whether we should exchange rings at both ceremonies, or wait until the one on our wedding day to do it? Has anyone else done it this way? What did you do? I have never been to a city hall ceremony, and don’t know what is customary. Thanks!
Post # 3
We only exchanged rings at our ‘real’ wedding, though the city hall ceremony had a part where we could have exchanged them, had we chosen to do so. It’s really up to you =) We considered the civil ceremony to be just paperwork, and our real one to be the wedding. So you could exchange rings at the one that is more important to you, or exchange at both. If you exchange at both, will you wear the rings between?
Sorry for the rambles- hope that helps!
Post # 4
Peihan17: If we do exchange at city hall, we will not wear the rings in between, especially since most of our family is not aware of the fact that we are having the city hall ceremony. We also consider the wedding to be the real ceremony. I just wasn’t sure if the city hall ceremony did have a ring exchange part, so thanks for clearing that up!
Post # 5
We got legally married this past March (wedding to be March of 2009), no one (except close friends) knows we’re already married. So we decided to forgo the ring exchange and wait till the wedding ceremony with everyone to do the ring exchange, that way we still have something to look forward to. We are not planning to wear rings will then.