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Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 1
The ring is an ancient symbol, so perfect and simple.
It has no beginning and has no end.
It is round like the sun, like the moon, like the eye, like arms that embrace.
It is a circle; for love that is given comes back round again.
Your rings are precious because you wear them with love.
They symbolize your commitment in marriage.
They remind you of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.
As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are as individuals, but also who you are a couple.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 2
These rings are made of precious metals; purified by the heat of many fires.
They are a symbol of the wealth that resides inside each of you and the purity of your love for one another.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 3
Though we have heard the vows, which have been shared by BRIDE and GROOM, words, once spoken, are carried away on the wind.
Therefore, the wedding ring is a visible symbol of the promises that have been made.

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The circle has frequently been used to symbolize eternity.
The ring, like the circle, is a reminder of the perfection and endurance of BRIDE and GROOM’s commitment to and love for one another.

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These rings represent the vows and promises you’ve willingly exchanged.
They reflect the commitment those words inspire and all your hopes and dreams for the future.

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Let us now have the rings brought forward and presented by the ring-bearer.

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May these rings symbolize your inherent wholeness and unity with one another, giving you the strength to happily honor your commitments to each other.
May they remind you that marriage is not a destination but a journey, with no beginning and no end, just a moment to moment opportunity to love and be loved to the best of your ability.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 8
Throughout human tradition, when you make a pledge, it has been deemed good to have a token to remind you of that pledge.
For this purpose you have chosen rings.
They are appropriate to the task because they are circles never ending, like the promises you make to each other today.
And they are made of precious metal, never to be tarnished, like the love you have expressed before me and these witnesses.
Please take these rings and honor each other in their giving.

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A circle is the ancient symbol of wholeness and peace.
It also represents the boundaries beyond which the special ness of a particular relationship does not extend.
In the form of a ring the circle is the accepted token of a marriage covenant.
As these rings are fashioned from one of the earth’s most precious materials, so may your love, nourished and sustained by the love of God, be the most precious and durable of the values you share.
In giving and receiving these rings, you again acknowledge that your lives remain joined in one unbroken circle, wherever you go, you will always return to your shared life together.

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The wedding ring is a symbol of married love, the precious metals show that your love is your most precious possession, and the unending circle symbolizes that your love may never cease.

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Marriage is a state in which two people come together and create a union that is greater than the sum of its parts.
It is difficult to express in words the profound relationship that is love.
Since the beginning of time, the ring has been an emblem of the sincerity and permanence of a couple’s love for one another and regard for their marriage.
As the circle can begin anew at any point, so a good marriage can pick any point to renew itself.
These rings are symbols of your eternal love.

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The ring is a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. 
Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver.
May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.

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I hold in my hand two beautiful rings, symbolic of a binding contract, to be given and received as bonds of never-ending love and devoted friendship, circles of life and circles of love.
May these rings be blessed as the symbol of this affectionate unity.

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Bless, O Lord, these rings to be signs of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other. Amen.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 15
What token of your devotion do you offer your beloved?

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May the Lord bless these rings which you give as your sign of love and devotion. Amen.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 17
Now with these rings, symbolizing the continuous circle of unity and love with the marriage relationship, and ultimately symbolizing the unity and wholeness within the Self, BRIDE and GROOM will finalize their vows.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 18
From the earliest of times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolized a commitment of love that is also never ending.
As often as either of you looks at this symbol, I hope that you will be reminded of these commitments to one another, which you make today.
May these rings be blessed by God as the changeless symbol of this affectionate unity.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 19
The giving and receiving of rings is the most important part of a marriage ceremony, because the rings are made in the symbol of that which is eternal.
There is no beginning and no end, and as you place these symbols on each other’s finger, it signifies that there shall be no end to your marriage, and no end to the happiness that you will both share together.
But let me remind you that these are also the special symbols you will wear before the world, certainly when you go back to your family, and friends, and co-workers. In fact, you will notice the response when you walk away from this beautiful place tonight.
For when people look at you, they will look at your hand and notice the ring on your finger.
They will know that you belong to someone special and that someone special belongs to you.
Everyday for the rest of your lives, every time you wash your hands or reach out to touch each other, these rings will be there to remind you of the great love that you share and of the wonder that the person standing in front of you loves you as much as you love them.
So when you place these rings upon each other’s fingers, wear them with love and with honor.

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Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace and the unbroken circle of love, signifying to all the union of this man and this woman in marriage.

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These rings mark a new beginning in your journey together, filled with wonder, surprise, laughter, tears, celebration, grief and joy.
Let us pray: Bless, O god, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may live in your peace and realized potential.
Amen.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 22
The wedding ring is justly regarded as a fitting emblem of the purity and perpetuity of marriage.
It is symbolic of the circle of eternity, as it is so fashioned as to have neither beginning nor end; while gold is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or by time. So may this marriage, at this time celebrated, be incorruptible in its purity and more lasting than time itself.

Introduction to the Exchange of Rings 23
And so we come Bride and Groom, to the presentation of rings by which you symbolize and bind your love.
The circle has long been a symbol of spirit and the power of God.
The sky and the earth are round.
The wind in its greatest power whirls.
The sun and moon, both round, come forth and go down again in a circle.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.
Without beginning or end and with no point of weakness, the circle is a reminder of the eternal quality of God and of unending strength.
Let the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of your endless love and unending faithfulness.
Your wedding rings are most special because they say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bonded, to allow the presence of another human being to enhance who you are.
Your rings carry a potent double message:
We are individuals and yet we belong; we are not alone.
As you wear them through time, they will reflect not only who you are but also the glorious union that you are now creating.
God, bless these rings and the two who exchange them.
Fill them with your Holy Presence.
Keep them safe in the circle of your protection and love.

Exchange of Rings 1
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
You are the love of my life
And you are my very best friend
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
You are the love of my life
And you are my very best friend

Exchange of Rings 2
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring to wear
As a symbol of my abiding love,
My eternal faith, and my undying devotion.
It is an outward reminder of our inner unity.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring to wear
As a symbol of my abiding love,
My eternal faith, and my undying devotion.
It is an outward reminder of our inner unity.

Exchange of Rings 3
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring, I marry you and bind my life to yours.
It is a symbol of my eternal love,
My everlasting friendship,
And the promise of all my tomorrows.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring, I marry you and bind my life to yours.
It is a symbol of my eternal love,
My everlasting friendship,
And the promise of all my tomorrows.

Exchange of Rings 4
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
This ring I give you
Is a symbol of my love.
I pledge to share with you my heart,
My home, and all of my worldly goods.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
This ring I give you
Is a symbol of my love.
I pledge to share with you my heart,
My home, and all of my worldly goods.

Exchange of Rings 5
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring, I marry you:
With my loving heart.
With my willing body.
And with my eternal soul.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring, I marry you:
With my loving heart.
With my willing body.
And with my eternal soul.

Exchange of Rings 6
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I offer my vow to you in the form of this ring,
so that my word and my love,
will always be with you,
close to your heart.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I offer my vow to you in the form of this ring,
so that my word and my love,
will always be with you,
close to your heart.

Exchange of Rings 7
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
As a sign of my love for you,
of choosing to share my whole life’s journey with you,
and of my knowing that in marrying you
I shall become much more than I am,
I give you this ring, with the pledge
That with you, I shall become my highest expression of God,
Sharing the gifts that I have and I am with you and the world.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
As a sign of my love for you,
of choosing to share my whole life’s journey with you,
and of my knowing that in marrying you
I shall become much more than I am,
I give you this ring, with the pledge
That with you, I shall become my highest expression of God,
Sharing the gifts that I have and I am with you and the world.

Exchange of Rings 8
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I GROOM take BRIDE to be my wife.
I promise you love, honor and respect,
to be faithful to you
and forsaking all others,
until death do us part.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I BRIDE take GROOM to be my husband.
I promise you love, honor and respect,
to be faithful to you
and forsaking all others,
until death do us part.

Exchange of Rings 9
BRIDE, I give you this ring that you may wear it as a reminder of my love for you.
GROOM, I give you this ring that you may wear it as a reminder of my love for you.

Exchange of Rings 10
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
BRIDE, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love.
I ask you to wear it as a sign to the world that you are my wife.
With this ring, I thee wed.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
GROOM, I give you this ring,
as a symbol of my love.
I ask you to wear it as a sign to the world that you are my husband.
With this ring, I thee wed.

Exchange of Rings 11
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give this ring to you,
my beloved,
my friend,
my wife.
Whenever I see this ring,
I will remember the cherished bond we have created here tonight.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give this ring to you,
my beloved,
my friend, my husband.
Whenever I see this ring,
I will remember the cherished bond we have created here tonight.

Exchange of Rings 12
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring
as a reminder
that I will love, honor, and cherish you,
In all times,
In all places,
And in all ways, forever.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I give you this ring
as a reminder
that I will love, honor, and cherish you,
In all times,
In all places,
And in all ways, forever.

Exchange of Rings 13
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
I GROOM, take thee, BRIDE to be my Wife.
To have and to hold,
in sickness and in health,
for richer or for poorer,
in joy and sorrow,
and I promise my love to you.
And with this ring,
I take you as my Wife,
for as long as we both shall live.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
I BRIDE, take thee GROOM, to be my Husband.
To have and to hold,
in sickness and in health,
for richer or for poorer,
in joy and sorrow,
and I promise my love to you.
And with this ring,
I take you as my husband,
for as long as we both shall live.

Exchange of Rings 14
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
On this day…
I marry my best friend…
The one who shares my life, my love and my dreams.
BRIDE, I give you this ring
As a symbol of my love and devotion
I offer you my heart, my hand, and my love
I join my life with yours
To cherish and protect you as my wife
With all that I am…
With all that I have…
I honor you as my wife forevermore.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
On this day…
I marry my best friend…
The one who shares my life, my love and my dreams.
GROOM, I give you this ring
As a symbol of my love and devotion
I offer you my heart, my hand, and my love
I join my life with yours
To cherish and protect you as my husband
With all that I am…
With all that I have…
I honor you as my husband forevermore.

Exchange of Rings 15
Bride, place the ring on Groom’s finger and repeat after me:
With this ring,
I pledge my love and faithfulness to you,
today, tomorrow and always.
Groom, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me:
With this ring,
I pledge my love and faithfulness to you,
today, tomorrow and always.

Exchange of Rings 16
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
This ring is our symbol that you are my lover and you are my best friend in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
This ring is our symbol that you are my lover and you are my best friend in all times, in all places, and in all ways, forever.

Exchange of Rings 17
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring
I marry you
and join my life with yours.
Accept this ring
as a sign of my love and faithfulness
for all the years to come.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring
I marry you
and join my life with yours.
Accept this ring
as a sign of my love and faithfulness
for all the years to come.

Exchange of Rings 18
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
BRIDE, I give you this ring
as a symbol of my 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.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
GROOM, I give you this ring
as a symbol of my 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.

Exchange of Rings 19
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
BRIDE, I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
GROOM, I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity.

Exchange of Rings 20
With this ring, I thee wed.

Exchange of Rings 21
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
You are my life, my love,
and with this ring I marry you.
I promise to be open and honest in our partnership,
and I pledge myself to you from this day forward and for all eternity.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
You are my life, my love,
and with this ring I marry you.
I promise to be open and honest in our partnership,
and I pledge myself to you from this day forward and for all eternity.

Exchange of Rings 22
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring,
I pledge my constant and abiding love.
I join my life with yours in loving kindness and compassion.
I join my life with yours in faithfulness.
This is my beloved, and this is my friend.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
With this ring,
I pledge my constant and abiding love.
I join my life with yours in loving kindness and compassion.
I join my life with yours in faithfulness.
This is my beloved, and this is my friend.

Exchange of Rings 23
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
On this day…
I marry my best friend…
The one who shares my life, my love and my dreams.
BRIDE, I give you this ring
As a symbol of my love and devotion
I offer you my heart, my hand, and my love
I join my life with yours
To cherish and to protect you as my wife
With all that I am…
With all that I have…
I honor you as my wife forevermore.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
On this day…
I marry my best friend…
The one who shares my life, my love and my dreams.
GROOM, I give you this ring
As a symbol of my love and devotion
I offer you my heart, my hand, and my love
I join my life with yours
To cherish and to protect you as my husband
With all that I am…
With all that I have…
I honor you as my husband forevermore.

Exchange of Rings 24
GROOM, as you place the ring on BRIDE’s finger, please repeat after me:
Just as this circle is without end,
my love for you is never-ending.
With this ring,
I take you to be my partner for life.
I offer you my heart, my hand, and my love.
With all that I am…
With all that I have…
I will honor you as my wife forevermore.
BRIDE, as you place the ring on GROOM’s finger, please repeat after me:
Just as this circle is without end,
my love for you is never-ending.
With this ring,
I take you to be my partner for life.
I offer you my heart, my hand, and my love.
With all that I am…
With all that I have…
I will honor you as my husband forevermore.

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