Why are rings used in wedding ceremonies?
Wedding rings are a long-standing tradition, going back to Ancient Greece and Rome. They were part of the dowry and used as symbols of fidelity. Of course, these days, rings are still used as symbols at a wedding ceremony. They usually symbolize commitment between the couple and are worn daily as a reminder of their love for one another.
What is a ring statement?
A ring statement is the words said during the ring exchange of a wedding ceremony. This may sound something like, “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love.” Typically, ring statements are said by the officiant and repeated by the couple as they place the rings on each other’s hands.
Check out our link above for a list of ring statements. Like anything in your ceremony, you can choose the ring statement that works best for you. You can also make your own ring statement, choosing the words that mean the most to you and represent what you want your ring to symbolize.
Do you have to exchange rings during your wedding ceremony?
Nope, the ring exchange is optional! While it’s typical for couples to exchange rings during their wedding ceremony and wear those rings throughout their marriage, rings are not required. If you don’t want to wear wedding rings or don’t want to have a ring exchange during your ceremony, that’s okay!
You can also choose to exchange something else. Perhaps you want to exchange another piece of jewelry, like necklaces or watches, or something else that you’ll wear or keep. Some couples opt for tattoos instead of rings, which is a cool way to show off your commitment!
Once again, it’s all about choosing what works best for you and your partner. Throw out the traditions that don’t work and keep the ones that do. Make up your own traditions!