Exchanging RingsImmediately after the VowsTraditionally, rings are exchanged after the vows. There are many ways to do this. You cancombine your vows with a ring exchange that follows immediately afterwards:Example: I call upon the people here present to witness that I, NAME, take you NAME, to bemy wedded wife. To have and to hold from this day forward. I promise that our marriagewill always be on of honesty and trust. I will respect you and encourage you. I will laughwith you and be your friend, and I will love you forever. (Best man hands the groom thering). I give you this ring as a token of my promise. Wear it, think of me, and know that Ilove you.This part of the ceremony is up to you. It can be as long or as short as you like. You needn’tsay anything at all, I can simply prompt you to “place the ring, a symbol of your love for(Name) on his/her finger” and leave it at that. There really are no rules to this part of theceremony. The following collection of ring exchanges are suggestions only. You may preferto come up with words of your own, edit something below, or blend two or more of the ringexchanges. Some couples like to say the same thing while other couples choose differentwords for each partner. You could even keep the wording as a surprise to one another:Examples to say straight after the vows:I give you this ring to wear upon your hand as a symbol of our unityThis ring marks the beginning of our journey together. Wear it proudly, for it publiclydisplays the love that I have for you.I give you this ring as a token of my abiding love,as a sign that I have chosen you above all others.All that I am, and all that I have,I offer to you in joy, in thanksgiving and in sacred union.With this ring, I thee wed.
With this ring, I give to you my promisethat from this day forward you will not walk alone.May my heart be your shelterAnd my arms be your home.May we walk together through all things.May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are.With this ring,I give you my heart.I have no greater gift to give.I promise I will do my best.I will always try.I feel honored to call you my (wife/husband).I feel blessed to call you mine.May we feel this joy forever.I have for you a golden ring. The most precious metal symbolizes that your love is the mostprecious element in my life. The ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes thatthe love between us will never cease. I place it on your finger as a visible sign of the vowswhich have made us husband and wife.This ring I give to you as a token of my love and devotion to you.I pledge to you all that I am and all that I will ever be as your (wife/husband).With this ring, I gladly marry you and join my life to yours.I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. As it encircles your finger, may it remind youalways that you are surrounded by my enduring loveAs the ring never ends, so my love will be never-endingAs the cords bind to each other, so to you will I be boundAs precious as the gold it is made from, so precious are you to meI love you, (wife/husband's name), as this ring will always remind you.I [GROOM], promise before friends and family, to clean up my dirty laundry,help you cook, clean, make the bed, vacuum and put the lid back on thetoothpaste. I promise to admit when I'm wrong, even when I'm not, bring youflowers even if I haven't done anything wrong and to love you with all of my heart.I give you this ring as a token of my promiseI [BRIDE], promise before everyone and their dog, to always invite you to goshopping, never complain when you snore and to never ask you, "does this dressmake me look fat." I promise to not talk your ear off, spend too much time on thephone with my friends, fix a special dinner for you more often than you bring meflowers and to love you with all of my heart. I give you this ring as a token of mypromise.
Separate Ring CeremoniesYou may, however, want to have a Separate Ring Ceremony to make a bigger deal aboutexchanging rings. In this case, you would say your personal vows to each other and then wewould pause and continue with a separate ceremony. The examples below show the sort ofthing I would say, followed by your response in italics. Again, there are no rules here, youcan mix up all the words to suit you – or even come up with something completely your own!#1 - These Rings are a ReminderThe Couple would now like to exchange rings. May these rings forever remind them of theirpledge to one another. May their compassion and kindness for one another always be likethese rings, with no beginning and no end. May their relationship always be like these rings,separate but close, simple but beautiful. May the precious metal of these rings remind themthat their love is the most precious element in their lives.GROOM, please place this ring on BRIDE’S finger, and repeat after me:With this ring, I thee wed#2 - These Rings Unite Two HeartsThe wedding ring is a circle, it has no beginning and no end and therefore, it is a symbol ofeternity. The wedding ring is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unitestwo hearts in endless love. These rings contain in their precious metal,that which is more precious, that which is priceless:love and hope and a promise for the future.GROOM, please place this ring on BRIDE’S finger, and repeat after me:Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of our love and commitmentBRIDE, in accepting this ring, do you take GROOM to be your husband? I do.BRIDE, please place this ring on GROOM’S finger, and repeat after me:Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of our love and commitmentGROOM, in accepting this ring, do you take BRIDE to be your wife? I do.
#3 – Love Accepts ImperfectionsThis is the point in the ceremony where we usually talk about the wedding bands being aperfect circle, with no beginning and no end. But we all know that these rings do have abeginning. Rock is dug up from the earth. Metal is liquefied in a furnace at a thousanddegrees, then molded, cooled, and painstakingly polished. Something beautiful is made fromraw elements. Love is like that. It's hot, dirty work. It comes from humble beginnings,made by imperfect beings. It's the process of making something beautiful wherethere was once nothing at all.GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’S finger and repeat after me:This ring is my promise to accept your imperfections and recognize your beauty.With this ring I marry my best friend.#4 – These Rings Are Our BondToday, we use the wedding ring to symbolize a connection. It is a constant reminder of thebond between a husband and a wife. BRIDE and GROOM, you hold in your hands thewedding rings that you will exchange with one another. When you give a ring to someone inmarriage, you are giving them a symbol of your eternal love, a love that - like the circleformed by each of these rings - has no beginning and no end.GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’S finger and repeat after me:I give you this ring as a token of my promise. Wear it proudly, for it shows the world thebond we share and the love that I have for you.#5 Forever in Your MindsThe promises that you have made to each other today, are inscribed forever in your minds andin your hearts. But words are fleeting, the sound of them is soon gone - and so those whomarry wear rings as visible, tangible symbols of their commitment to each other.These rings announce to the world that you have been found.They are a reminder and a celebration of the promises you have made today andin exchanging these rings you join your two lives together.GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’S finger, and repeat after me:I give you this ring as a sign that I choose youto be my lover, my partner and my best friend.Wear it, think of me, and know that I love you
#6 – A Circle is the Strongest Geometric ShapeThe circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. It is a symbol of holiness,of perfection and of peace. BRIDE and GROOM, your friends, family and sponsors haveformed a circle around you. A circle is the strongest geometric shape therefore, the people inthis circle will be strong and support both of you. A circle has no sides, therefore the peoplein this circle will never take sides against either of you. The wedding ring is also a circle, ithas no beginning and no end, and therefore, it is a symbol of eternity. The wedding ring is anoutward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unties two hearts in endless love.Each person in the circle will hold these rings for just a moment and warm them with love.Then they will pass the rings onto the next person in the circle.GROOM, This ring is now warmed by those you love. This ring carries within it the blessingsand pledges of support from your family, your friends and your sponsors.GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’S finger, and repeat after me:With this ring, I thee wed#7 – A Symbol of CompletenessFrom the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness. A ring is an unbrokenand never ending circle that symbolizes a love that is never ending. When you look at thissymbol, I hope that you will be reminded of your commitment to love each other.GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’S finger, and repeat after me:I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment#8 – Love Freely GivenTraditionally, the passage to the status of husband and wife is marked by the exchange ofrings. These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love.Love freely given has no beginning and no end.Love freely given has no giver and no receiverfor each is the giver and each is the receiver of love.May these rings remind you always of the vows you pledge to each other today.GROOM, please place the ring on BRIDE’S finger, and repeat after me:This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with this ring,with all that I have and all that I am and all that I ever hope to be.
#9 – A PromiseA ring is a fitting symbol for a wedding promise. It is a circle with no beginning and no end.Love without end is what we hope to achieve in marriage.As this ring is placed upon your finger remember that it isyour love for one another that has brought you here,and it is that love that will guide you down the pathways of your futureGROOM, please place the ring on your partner’s finger, and repeat after me:Take this ring as my gift to you.Wear it and think of me, and know that I love you.#10 – Circle of WholenessThese rings are the symbols of vows taken, a circle of wholeness.These rings mark the beginning of a journey filled with wonder,surprises, tears, laughter, celebrations, grief and joy.May these rings glow with the warmth and life that flows through their wearers today.GROOM, please place the ring on your partner’s finger, and repeat after me:With this ring, I give you my heart. From this day forward, you shall not walk alone.May my heart be your shelter, may my arms be your home.#11 – Symbol of EternityThe ring is a circle, an ancient symbol of eternity and completeness, so perfect, with nobeginning and no end, for love that is given comes back around again. You are each thebeginning and the ending, each the giver and the receiver.GROOM, please place the ring on your partner’s finger and repeat after meI give you this ring in remembrance of this hour, a symbol of love that is complete,beautiful, and endless.