If you are exchanging rings as an outward symbol of your love for one another, you can choose to have them ‘warmed’ first. The symbolism of a wedding band warming ceremony is that your wedding rings have been ‘warmed’ forever by well wishes, positive vibes and loving energies from your family and friends.

The history behind it?

This ceremony is thought to have Irish origins.

How is it done?

Your celebrant will explain to your guests what is going to happen and that when the rings reach them, they should hold them for a few seconds, warm them with their love and well wishes, and then pass them on to continue their journey.

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When is it usually performed?

The ‘warming’ is normally kicked off early in your ceremony and your rings are passed round as your ceremony is being performed. It should conclude in time for the exchanging of the rings.

How to personalise it?

As well as a means of keeping your rings safe, you can place them in a personalised bag or box (even one that belonged to a loved one), or fastened to a ring cushion.

TOP TIP You could just have them tied together with some colour-coordinated ribbon, although be mindful that when passing through c.100 guests, a ribbon can come undone, and you don’t want to risk them being dropped, or worse still, lost!

Can you involve other people?

A wedding band warming is a lovely way to involve some, if not all, of your guests in your ceremony. You can involve just immediate family members or, provided your guest list isn’t massive (since you’ll need the rings back in time for exchanging them), you can involve absolutely everyone.

TOP TIP It is recommended that you choose one or two special people to take responsibility for ensuring the rings keep moving through your guests, that nobody does ‘a runner’ with them! 🙂 and that they’re returned to the front, in time for the exchanging of the rings.


Worn permanently, your rings are a constant reminder of your commitment to one another.

COVID-19 Advice – For the time being, this is discouraged.