Now that the vows are done it is time to exchange the rings. The ring exchange is fairly straight forward – here are the rings, repeat after me, and done.
Why not include a few words about what the ring symbolizes to you? It doesn’t have to be lengthy to personalize it. Does the circle represent your never-ending love? Or is it a reminder of the vows you have spoken? Maybe both?
The vows are usually a repeat after me and can be traditional “With this ring, I thee wed…” to the comical “Wear this ring ’til thee be dead…”. Or perhaps a little something in between.
I mentioned before a couple that included an explanation of why you wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger. The groom had found this explanation on the web and I worked it into their ceremony…the couple held their hands together as I explained the meaning behind it. It was definitely something their guests had not seen before (and I hadn’t either).
Another couple also included a small bit about the engagement ring. Traditionally the engagement ring is worn on the right hand during the ceremony. In this instance, I spoke about how the engagement ring is a symbol of a promise and now that the promise is fulfilled, I asked the groom to place the engagement ring on her finger as well.
Remember it doesn’t have to be a big, flashy moment to add your personal touch – keep it appropriate to you.