Is it possible to refrain from swapping rings in the wedding ceremony and doing it later?

July 8th, 2011

My brother is getting married, in the Presbyterian church, sooner than expected because his fiance’s father is sick. We are having a very small wedding with just immediate family. Four months from then, we will have a full wedding weekend for all friends and family. Is it possible to hold off on the rings at the first wedding and do a ring ceremony at the second one?

6 Responses to “Is it possible to refrain from swapping rings in the wedding ceremony and doing it later?”

  1. PeekaPie1995 says:

    i wouldnt see why not, just be sure they have a substitute ring

  2. pearlmar says:

    No, not in a Presbyterian service. However, the wedding ring doesn’t have to be used, just any ring to fulfill the symbolism.

  3. planner says:

    you can have anything from a bubble gum machine ring to a piece of string tied around the finger to substitute for the real rings…even use those cheap gold ones from the craft store which people use for decorations…but you must have a ring in the presbyterian ceremony.

  4. HonesToGod says:

    Of course. But if they feel that it’s necessary, for appearance purposes, they can get some costume jewelry or rings they already have and exchange those on the “pre-wedding” day. Then exchange the real rings at the full ceremony. That’s what my husband and I did. We weren’t able to afford rings at the time of our wedding, so we had to make due with what we had at the time. God bless you and your family!

  5. Erin says:

    I don’t think that Presbyterians care either way… especially if you aren’t Presby’s yourself. If you ARE, then you should ask the officiate. But otherwise, you can be legally married without rings. And if you do not attend the church that you are being married in, then the church cannot dictate to you how you are to get married.

    Rings are just a prop. It is a nice part of the ceremony, but it is NOT necessary at all.

  6. rosie says:

    Yes just have him give her, her engagement ring. Then at the big wedding he can give her the wedding band,

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