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ring warming

We’ve been writing about ring warming ceremonies since 2009 and have tons of great ideas and ceremony script ideas for how they can work — even with large weddings! A ring warming ceremony involves passing your rings around to your wedding guests to have them “warm” the rings with blessings and good thoughts. You can learn more about the concept here, and see dozens of beautiful examples below…

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This couple had a cocktail wedding reception at a coworking space

Willie and Maya planned a casual cocktail wedding reception with an elegant vibe at a coworking space! This wedding might be the ultimate proof that beautiful weddings (and wedding venues) can be anything you want them to be.

A 13-color handfasting and fire dancing at this Quebec wiccan wedding

Our pagan wedding blessing and handfasting ceremony script

For those of you looking for some pagan wedding vows and ideas, I wanted to share my handfasting ceremony script. It includes introducing the handfasting ritual, a reading, pledges from family and friends, a ring-warming ceremony, and more!

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Ring warmings and geeky call-outs: 12 ways to include your guests in your ceremony

Including your guests meaningfully in your ceremony can lead to moments of truly tearful poignancy. From ring warmings to flower circles, and Mad-Libs to Lord of the Rings jokes, we’ve compiled some of our sweetest, funniest, and most favorite ways to include your guests in your ceremony and vows. All together now…

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Shannon & Billy’s casual red and blue backyard wedding

With lots of red and blue, a sweet backyard ceremony, and a naked cake covered in knitted flowers, this wedding could not be dampened even by torrents of rain. Fairy-lit tents saved the day and allowed everyone to mix and mingle and enjoy the chic catered buffet. And watch for the bride “making a run for it” at the ceremony!

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Amber & Marshall’s faerie-infused Renaissance wedding

Turkey legs, jousts, games, wench-y corsets, and a golden rose ceremony: sounds like a Renaissance festival wedding for the ages. And then add in the blessing from the king and queen, the adorable mini-chapel, and the tree-climbing uncle-with-a-camera, and you’ve got a wedding that’ll melt any garb-wearing Renny around.

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Meghan & Kristian’s local-loving paper flowers wedding

Paper flowers, local friendors, and a love for their hometown make this wedding hit home. Plus, this bride took two vintage dresses and made her own dove grey dream dress with 70 years of history. And we will all learn at least one thing from this wedding: keep the dance floor splits to a minimum or face the crotch consequences!