One of the last things on wedding couples’ minds is their ACTUAL wedding ceremony at Viva Las Vegas. Most remember to BRING the rings to the chapel, but hardly anyone gives much thought to how things work during the vow exchange itself. Here are a few answers to commonly-asked questions, to smoothly get you through that part of your wedding. We’ve also included a couple of cool suggestions, for those who want to customize their ring exchanges.
1. If the bride is wearing her engagement ring to the chapel, she should remove it and place it on the ring finger of her right hand before the wedding. That way, the wedding band will go on the left hand during the vows, closest to her heart. (In Roman times, it was said that the blood vessel leading to the heart ran through that finger, thus, the ring was symbolically closer to the heart, too.) Once the excitement of the wedding has died down, the bride can place her hunky rock of an engagement ring on top. If the two of you are exchanging simple wedding bands, you can skip this part altogether.
2. Be sure to give the rings to your attendants or appointed “ring person” before you arrive at the chapel. Or…WHEN you arrive is even better. You want to be very sure the rings get here…If the worst happens and the rings are left in your hotel room, or–back in Milwaukee–we can still perform your wedding and just “fake” the ring part. It’s been done…And then you’ll have a story to tell! If it’s just the two of you, wear your soulmate’s ring on your thumb or pinkie until that part of the ceremony.
3. No rings? Some couples prefer not to exchange rings at all. Or, in some countries, one ring is the norm. That’s fine. Your wedding coordinator will ask first, and your minister (or Elvis or wacky impersonator “minister”) will know just what to do.
4. If you are renewing vows, you can re-exchange your original rings–if they still come off—or, your wedding officiant will have you just clasp your hand over the ring. (Hint: Some grooms, when renewing vows on a big anniversary, will replace the original ring with a NEW one, as a surprise. This is one of the most touching tributes we see at the chapel!)
5. For some fun weddings or vow renewals, we have seen lollipop rings, or some couples have chosen to tattoo rings on the third finger. It is becoming more common for couples to do what suits them, beginning their own wedding tradition.
As always, if you have questions about any aspect of your upcoming wedding ceremony, give us a call anytime at 702-384-0771 or chat online with a helpful staff member at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com