Post # 1
I have fallen in love with the ring warming idea for my ceremony.
The concept is that you pass your wedding rings around for each guest to hold and warm with their love and blessings. I love the idea that everyone can pass their energies into the precious metal that I will wear the rest of my life.
I want to do this! Now, the logistics make it a little more difficult.
I am only having about 50-60 guests at my wedding and I’d love to be able to include all of them. So, do I have the officiant hand the rings to the guests to pass around at the beginning of the ceremony and then when it is time to use the rings, they’ll be good to go OR do I have a separate moment in the ceremony where we have music (or a reading) and wait for everyone to pass them around?
Have you ever heard of the ring warming thing? Have you seen it done? What were the logistics like?
Post # 3
I’ve seen this done once. The rings were passed around in a drawstring mesh bag before the rings were needed. The bride’s Mom held onto them at the end until the officiant asked for them.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I have seen it done once in a video by my videographer…each ring was passed from the bridal party to the first row where immediate family were sitting and then back up to the bridal party to the officiant. MOH had the groom’s ring, passed it along to the other BMs, last Bridesmaid or Best Man gave it to the bride’s family at the end of the row and vice versa with the bride’s ring. Once each mother had the opposite ring the met in the aisle, traded rings, hugged and the rings continued to travel back up to the bridal party.
Post # 5
I’m doing one!!! I would start the passing at the begining, so they can make their way around to guests by the time they’re needed. It could take awhile. I’m having about 200 people so I’m planning to set our rings our by the guest book so we can start the warming before the ceremony even begins!
Post # 6
I’m hoping to do one so I’m following this for logistics as well.
From everything that I’ve read from people who have done them it seems that they did not take as long as the bride thought they might. Not sure if that’s true, though.
Post # 7
We did it!
We had about 50 guests, and our officiant announced at the very beginning of the ceremony what we were doing. She said something we had written about how everyone there was our community and we wanted their blessing and well wishes for our marriage.
The rings were placed in a piece of lace, which my mom made into a pouch for me (it was from her wedding veil), and DH’s sister was in charge of the rings, so she started the ceremony w th them and passed them on, then made sure they crossed the aisles, etc, and picked them up at the end, and brought them back up.
Our ceremony was short-maybe 15 minutes? And there was plenty of time for it. It only took maybe 5-8 mins?
Post # 8
@sara_tiara: Thank you very much for the info!
Post # 9
We did! ~60 people were in the congregation. We asked someone ahead of time to encourage people to sit near the front (it was a big church sanctuary), and that facilitated easy passing. Near the beginning of the ceremony the pastor started the rings down one side, they were passed to the back, then passed across the aisle and made their way forward. We designated one friend to sit near the front and hang onto the rings after they had passed and until the pastor asked for them. The rings were tied to something like this (http://www.etsy.com/listing/89029134/rustic-ring-bearer-pillow-succulent) tied around a Bible. It worked out great!
Post # 10
I plan on doing one so I’d like to follow this as well. We’re having a small (30-ish) garden wedding, ideally we’d have everyone in a circle around us so I think this would add to the sweet intimate side of the ceremony. I also just think it’s a wonderful idea.
Post # 11
@kateisstoned: LOVE.THIS. And now, I’m super sads I never heard of such a lovely thing to do, until FOUR MONTHS-after-my-super-intimate-tiny-in-home-wedding-that-was-perfect –except-this-would-have-made-it-PERFECTER!!! 🙂 DO IT!!!