Wedding Extras



Sample Vows to Say During the Ring Exchange

Tradition has it that a couple exchange wedding rings after they say their vows. The rings symbolize the marriage, and thus the words seed during the ring exchange should reflect the couple’s hopes and desires for their marriage. These words are spoken normally after the violence had been said. Here are just a few examples of words to use during the exchanging of rings, and you’re welcome to adapt them as you so wish:

Christian Wedding Ceremony Ring Exchange Ideas.

Here are some samples of the words while exchanging of the rings. You are welcome to use them just as they are, or you may wish to modify them and create your own vows in conjunction with the minister performing your ceremony or just submit the vow to him/her.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 1: (Most commonly used in South Africa)

With this ring a token of the pledge, vow and covenant between us I thee wed.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 2:

Minister: “The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love. And now as a token of your love and of your deep desire to be forever united in heart and soul, you (Grooms name), may place a ring on the finger of your bride.”

Groom: “(Brides name), I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.”

Minister: “By the same token (Brides name), you may place a ring on the finger of your groom.”

Bride: “(Grooms name), I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you.”

Exchanging of the Rings Option 3:

Minister: “May I have the rings. Let us pray. Bless, O Lord, the giving and receiving of these rings. May (Grooms name) and (Brides name) abide in Thy peace and grow in their knowledge of Your presence through their loving union. May the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of their endless love and serve to remind them of the holy covenant they have entered into today to be faithful, loving, and kind to each other. Dear God, may they live in Your grace and be forever true to this union. Amen.”

Groom: “(Brides name), I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With this ring, I thee wed.”

Minister: “By the same token (Brides name), you may place a ring on the finger of your groom.”

Bride: “(Grooms name), I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With this ring, I thee wed.”

Exchanging of the Rings Option 4:

Minister: “Father, bless these rings which (Grooms name) and (Brides name) have set apart to be visible signs of the inward and spiritual bond which unites their hearts. As they give and receive these rings, may they testify to the world of the covenant made between them here.”

Groom: “Receive and wear this ring as a symbol of my trust, my respect and my love for you.”

Bride: “Receive and wear this ring as a symbol of my trust, my respect and my love for you.”

Together: “This circle will now seal the vows of our marriage and will symbolize the purity and endlessness of our love.”

Exchanging of the Rings Option 5:
Minister: “The ring is the symbol of the commitment which binds these two together. There are two rings because there are two people, each to make a contribution to the life of the other, and to their new life together. Let us pray: Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may abide together in your peace and grow in one another’s eyes.”

(Each one says to the other) “I give you this ring, as I give you myself, with love and affection. Wear it in peace always.”

Exchanging of the Rings Option 6:

I give you this ring as a token of my love and a sign of my promise.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 7:

This is my beloved and this is my friend. With this ring I wed you and join my life with yours.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 8:

This ring symbolizes the unending union of my life with yours. Your dreams are now my dreams, your hopes are my hopes. Your fears are my concerns. Your affection is my joy, your love is my blessing.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 9:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow and with all that I am and all that I have I honour you.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 10:

I (Groom/Bride full names and surname) give you (Groom/Bride full names and surname) this ring as a symbol of my commitment to love, honour and respect you.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 11:

I give this ring in remembrance of this honor, a symbol of love that is complete, beautiful and endless.

 

Exchanging of the Rings Option 12:

I give you this ring to wear upon your hand as a symbol of our unity.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 13:

May this ring forever be to you the symbol of my growing love.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 14:

In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring, I marry you.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 15:

With this ring, I pledge myself to you will all the affections of my heart as long as we both are alive.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 16:

I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honor you. All that I am I give to you. And all that I have I share with you. Within the love of God.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 17:

Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 18: (Jewish exchange of rings)

Behold you are consecrated unto me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel.

Exchanging of the Rings Option 19:

Today we move from “I” to “We” take this ring as a symbol of our decision to join our lives together.