(Closed) LDS (Mormon) wedding. Exchanging rings after announced as husband and wife. Huh?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@luvmyDwight:  I’ve never seen an LDS wedding since only Mormons in good standing can attend them.  From the two couples that had an LDS wedding, they had ring ceremonies afterward for the rest of their family and friends who weren’t LDS.

Post # 5
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@luvmyDwight:  Did your FI’s bishop/stake agree to have/officate at a wedding that wasn’t a sealing? This is very interesting because I’ve never heard of it, but it’s really progressive.

Post # 7
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m in Utah and I’m very familiar with the Mormon culture (I am not LDS).

When a couple marries in the temple, they do not have any ring exchange.  It’s only back at the reception where they do a ring exchange – if they even choose to have rings (I know couples without rings) – and it’s more for the friends and family who weren’t allowed in the temple.  A way to include them almost.

Many bishops frown upon the ring exchange after a temple wedding because they think it takes away from the sacredness of a temple ceremony.  If rings are not part of the sealing then why should they be needed at all for any ceremony, is my guess.

So I can see how this carries over into a non-temple, LDS cermeony.  

Your Fiance is not a practicing Mormon I take it?

Post # 8
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


Hey, I’m a practicing LDS woman, whose been to a couple LDS weddings, so maybe I can answer a couple of your questions. 

I’ve been to two weddings performed by bishops (outside of the temple) and they both had ring exchanges just after the ceremony (the I-Dos), but it was always very clear that we weren’t supposed to stand up or clap or anything yet. I think people will probably wait until he announces you husband and wife to do anything like that, so it shouldn’t be a problem at all. I imagine your officiant/bishop would be very willing to do a run through with you so that you won’t be nervous. Good luck!

P.S. It’s very gracious of you to accomodate your Future In-Laws that way, at least you get a free officiant right?

@sienna76:  I’ve never been to an LDS wedding in the temple, but a lot of family family and close friends have been married in temple sealings. For the most part they all have rings. I’ve been talking to Fiance about it, as he’s been to a few so I’ll know what to expect. Rings aren’t part of the sealing, but most people exchange them there in the room with everyone watching. You’re right that some bishops frown on ring exchanges out of the temple, but it is still fairly common. Fiance told me that after the sealing the ring exchange is pretty low key, because while the ring is a symbol (and Mormons are all about symbols), they’re not what really makes you married. 

Post # 10
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@luvmyDwight:  You’ve been given some pretty good advice/ideas on what will happen here, so I’ll only throw my 2 cents in (I’m LDS too)…you mentioned that the Bishop probably wouldn’t do a rehearsal.  I would ask him again because this just may be his personal preference.  I had a friend that wasn’t a member of the church, but was married by my Bishop and he held a rehearsal for them….so maybe just ask again. 

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