There are many variations of exchanging the rings. One that has its roots in Celtic Traditions is an Elemental Blessing. It involves the use of the four elements, air, fire, water and earth, symbolized by incense, flame, water and soil respectively. This blessings is done and then the rings are exchanged. A wonderful and personal touch for your wedding day.
Elemental Blessing of the Rings
Air is the beginning of all things. It is the direction of East, and the dawning of a new day, of new hopes and dreams. May your lives be blessed with continuing renewal of love
May the elements of Air bless these rings. (pass the ring through incense)..
Fire is the passion within your love, the spark of love itself, the heat of anger, and the warmth of compassion. It is the direction of North, the heat of midday. May your lives be blessed with continual warmth.
May the elements of Fire bless these rings. (pass the rings through flame).
Water May the element of Water bless these rings. Water nourishes and replenishes us; the waters of emotion and harmony pour vitality into our lives. It is the direction of West, the afternoon and the evening. May your lives be blessed with fulfillment and contentment. (submerge the rings in water).
Earth May the element of Earth bless these rings. All life springs from the earth and returns to the earth. It is the direction of South, the time of night. May your lives be blessed with strength and solidity. (touch the rings to earth or stone & sprinkles earth over the couple’s hands).