42 Ideas for to Nail Your Ring Exchange Wording

Pledge your love and put a ring on it.
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Jacqueline Mann
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Jacqueline Mann
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Updated Apr 10, 2024

Your ring exchange is a symbolic and meaningful part of your wedding ceremony. As you slip rings onto one another's fingers, recite ring exchange wording that solidifies your commitment to one another. A ring exchange is the portion of your ceremony when you and your partner exchange wedding bands. Not limited to the traditional, "with this ring, I thee wed," feel free to choose a quote or phrase that matches your relationship. Make it short and sweet, add a playful inside joke, go for a modern twist or complement your traditional religious wedding vows. Also, choose wording that pairs with the type of wedding ceremony you're hosting.

Chat with your wedding officiant (who you found on The Knot Vendor Marketplace) beforehand so they know which wording you'd like to use during your ceremony. Stumped on which ring exchange wording to use? We spoke with expert officiant Tracey Viselli of One Fine Day Officiant based in Wakefield, Massachusetts for inspiration, as well as advice for this special moment.

Ring Exchange Wording Examples: Simple | Funny | Traditional | Modern
Plus: Are Vows and Ring Exchange the Same Thing?

Are Vows and Ring Exchange the Same Thing?

Vows are your promises to one another, while the ring exchange is when you give each other your wedding bands and say your chosen wording. Some couples choose to combine their ring exchange in their vows, while others opt to do these separately.

Ring exchange wording and vows are personal to each couple. Viselli said she offers several options so her couples feel comfortable and relaxed during the ceremony. This can include repeating after the officiant, pre-written wording or letting the couple take the reins on their own heartfelt promises.

No matter what ring exchange wording you choose, it's important to take your time and have fun with it. "They should pick language that has meaning for them and resonates with them as a couple, so their ceremony reflects their relationship perfectly," Viselli said. "It also gives the couple an easy way to help create a ceremony they love."

What Comes First: Vows or Ring Exchange?

In a traditional wedding ceremony order the ring exchange takes place after your wedding vows or declaration of intent. The ceremony officiant transitions to the ring ceremony by stating the importance of the exchange. "The rings are a physical representation of the promises the couple has just made," Viselli said. "The wedding ring is a symbol of eternity, with no beginning and no end."

To extend your ring exchange, include a traditional Irish ring-warming ceremony. The wedding rings are passed from guest to guest and each makes a silent wish or prayer for the couple's marriage. "It is a lovely and very intentional way to personalize your ceremony," Viselli said. "It is a really beautiful moment for your photographer to capture…"

Simple Ring Exchange Wording

Your ring exchange doesn't have to include several sentences or a long quote. Sometimes just a few simple words will do. Use these short simple ring exchange wording examples as inspiration for your ceremony.

  • I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.
  • With this ring, I join my life with yours.
  • I give you this ring, which is a symbol of my love and commitment to you.
  • With this ring, I happily marry you and join my life to yours forevermore.
  • You are the love of my life and you are my very best friend.
  • I give you this ring as a sign that I choose you to be my lover, my partner and my best friend, to the end of my days.
  • With this ring, I vow to love and honor you from this moment forward.
  • May this ring remind you that you're always in my heart.
  • I give you this ring as a token of my love.
  • Let this ring be a symbol of my promises to you and a reminder of my devotion to you.
  • With this ring, two become one.
  • With this ring, I thee wed, now and for all of our adventures ahead.

Funny Ring Exchange Wording

For couples who love to laugh together, incorporate a lighthearted quote or inside joke in your ring exchange wording. Consider also finding a wedding officiant who shares your sense of humor. Steal one of these funny ring exchange wording ideas that are sure to give you the giggles.

  • Let this ring be a reminder that I am always by your side, even when you snore and that I will always be faithful to you.
  • I give you this ring as a vow to love you no matter what, even while assembling furniture together.
  • I promise to never watch the next episode on Netflix without you and always bring you snacks.
  • With this ring, I promise to love you, care for you and never take it out on you when I'm hangry.
  • I give you this ring as a promise to always love you, cherish you and sing random songs to you.
  • Let this ring serve as my vow to share the covers, stock the toilet paper, not use up the hot water and love you forever.
  • I promise to wear this ring as a symbol of our love and not lose it at the gym.
  • With this ring, I promise to love you at all times. Even during football season.
  • This ring is a commitment to always laugh at your jokes, get rid of weird looking bugs in the house and open jars for you and pretend you loosened them.
  • I promise to love you on the good days and on your bad hair days.

Traditional Ring Exchange Wording

Depending on your ceremony and the type of wedding officiant you have, traditional exchanging of the rings wording might be the best fit for your wedding. But that doesn't mean your wording has to be boring. Choose one of these traditional and romantic options for your ring exchange.

  • With this ring, I thee wed. As a symbol of my love and commitment, I give you this ring, a circle unbroken, a token of my everlasting trust and devotion.
  • I give you this ring as a sign of our covenant. With all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.
  • With this ring, I promise to always love you, cherish you, honor you and comfort you. I will always be grateful for your presence in my life.
  • I give you this ring as a symbol of our marriage, for today and tomorrow, and for all the days to come. Wear it as a sign of what we have promised and done this day.
  • I choose you now and always. This ring is a symbol of the vows I have made to you and a reminder that our lives are forever joined together.
  • Just as this circle is without end, my love for you is eternal, my commitment to you will never fail. With this ring, I thee wed.
  • 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.
  • This ring is my gift to you, as a sign that from this day forward, you shall be surrounded by my love.
  • I place this ring on your finger with love and devotion, pledging to share with you all that I have and all that I am as we step forward toward our future.
  • I give you this ring as a symbol of my unconditional love. With it, I promise to walk by your side and share both joy and sorrow.

Modern Ring Exchange Wording

Looking for something unique that matches your vibe as a couple? A modern take to your ring exchange is likely the best way to go. These are a few of our favorite non-traditional ring exchange wording ideas.

  • I give you this ring that you may choose to wear it and in doing so may be reminded and experience my deep love and regard for you.
  • I will wear this ring with honor and joy as a sign to others that I am committed to you and to our life together.
  • Let this ring remind you that we are an unbreakable team. By wearing it, you will know that you are never alone and that we will face the world's highs and lows together as equal partners.
  • A ring is an unbroken circle, a symbol of unity and love. Having neither beginning nor end, but a continuous cycle. It begins with the gift of life and will continue through the end of time.
  • I promise to keep you as my favorite person, to laugh with you, go on adventures with you, support you through life's tough moments, be proud of you, grow old with you and find new reasons to love you every day.
  • You are more precious to me today than yesterday, and you will be more cherished tomorrow than you are today. Please wear this ring, as a symbol of my eternal love for you, a love that transcends all our yesterdays, all our todays and all our tomorrows.
  • I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together and my pledge to learn and grow with you.
  • This ring with its unending circle, symbolizes my eternal love for you. The placing of this ring on your finger is the fulfillment of my dreams to have you as my friend, my love, my partner, to live as one forever.
  • We are stronger together than apart and united we can face anything. Let this ring be an enduring symbol of our unbreakable bond.
  • I give you this ring as a way of showing just how much I love you. I'm thrilled to call you my partner and spend the rest of our lives together.
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