We know you want your wedding ceremony to be a fun and moving celebration of your love for each other. Who doesn’t want that, right? But if you also want your guests to feel profoundly connected to you both in this moment, why not invite them to be a part of your ceremony?
There are lots of ways to include your guests in a cool, stress-free sorta way, and the ring blessing is definitely one of my faves! So, what’s a ring blessing anyway?
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A ring blessing sounds a bit more religious or spiritual than it actually is. Of course, you can infuse your religious beliefs here too, but in my world the ring blessing is really more an opportunity for your loved ones to silently send you their warmest wishes and heartfelt sentiments for your married future together. AWWWW, right?!
Okay, so how does that work?
Right before you exchange your wedding rings, your officiant will welcome two (and no more than four ‘coz ya know, crowding) of your closest loved ones to stand with you and your other half. They’ll put their hands on top of yours as you together hold the rings in your palms. Most couples like to include their parents for the ring blessing or their Best Man/Woman and Maid/Man of Honor. This moment most closely resembles that whole football team hands-in huddle where they say: “Go Team!” or “Quack, Quack, Quack”.¹ That sorta thing but less sporty and lots sweeter, obvs!
¹ Mighty Ducks, anyone?
When all your hands are joined together, your officiant will lead them and your guests in a silent prayer of sort where they’ll silently send you their most tender wishes for your marriage - like a lifetime of enjoying the little things or watching bad reality TV among great company. Ya know, whatever speaks to you. If you want to do a ring blessing but don’t want to pick your fave people to stand beside you (politics and all!), your wedding officiant may ask your guests to hold hands with the person sitting next to them during the ring blessing as a way of feeling that interconnected energy.
Besides the great pictures you’ll have from this moment, the ring blessing can be quite a powerful moment. After all, it gives your guests a real-time opportunity to telepathically send you all their loving vibes and positive energy, and you get to soak it all in. Who doesn’t want that, right?!
Now that you know what a ring blessing is - do you think you’ll include it in your wedding ceremony? Let us know in the comments below.