Ring Exchange

We offer below some examples, used in previous ceremonies, of the wording used in exchanging marriage rings. Please use these as inspiration, and possibly a guide to help you devise your own ceremony with our celebrant.

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Judi:
The exchange of rings is one of the deepest symbols of marriage. It is a constant reminder, a shared touch between a man and a woman. As these circles have no end, they speak of eternity.

Let these rings symbolise the devotion, commitment and love you hold for one another. These rings, given in love, are a testimony to all who bear witness that Derek and Linda are truly joined as husband and wife. They mark the beginning of a long journey together. May these rings be a daily reminder to you of your vows to each other and your resolve to live together in unity, love and happiness.

Linda, repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of our love. With all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you. I will be true to you, love you, and grow with you throughout all the years.

Derek, repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of our love. With all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you. I will be true to you, love you, and grow with you throughout all the years.

Circles represent eternity, and though our lives are finite, love is everlasting – it is the creative force that binds us together, the force that gives new life. The blessings of air upon these rings and your love, that you share communication and creativity. The blessings of fire so that you share passion and the intensity of life together. The blessings of water so that you remain empathetic and compassionate. The blessings of earth upon these rings and your love, that you share health and sexuality.

We are born of stardust and deepest oceans, of erupting volcanos and the bones of the earth. In making a commitment to loving each other, you share that which is best in all of us.

Daune, place the ring on Jon’s finger and repeat after me:
With this ring, I thee wed.

Jon, place the ring on Duane’s finger and repeat after me:
With this ring, I thee wed.

Colm and Angela, as a symbol of your love and respect for each other, it is now time for you to exchange rings.

Colm please repeat after me:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. I promise to care for you with love and friendship, to support and comfort you through good times and troubled times.
(Repeat for Angela)

Craig: As I have given you my hand and my heart to hold, I have given you my life to share. This ring symbolises my love for you, and our enduring strength and unity.
(Repeat for Debbie)

Judi:
May this ring, given in love, be blessed. May she who gives it and he who wears it continue in love and happiness.

Lyddy, please repeat after me:
My promise to you is but a simple one, I will love you today and every day that follows, until the end of time. With all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you. I will be true to you, cherish you and grow with you throughout all the years. I give you this ring as a symbol of my promise.
(Repeat for Ian)

We wanted to thank you so much for conducting our wedding ceremony. It was really beautiful and we will treasure the memories always. Talking to our families afterwards, they all agreed how lovely and meaningful it was. We especially remember your reiterating the part about being best friends, which is so important.

Graeme and Janet