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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it required to have a bishop officiate at a ring ceremony?

-My Name Here


Dear you,

Ring ceremonies are not part of LDS doctrine or policy. They are simply a way for a couple to include non-member relatives in something meaningful when a couple has a temple wedding. So, a ring ceremony can happen however you want.


posted on 03/11/2017 11:20 a.m.
When we were married (quite a few years ago) my in-laws could not be in the temple with us. We were discouraged from having a ring 'ceremony' that would appear ceremony- like. This was to maintain sacred nature of the total and complete-ness of the temple vows. (Don't repeat outside the temple what you just did inside.) I'm sure Bishops are discouraged from 'presiding' at anything resembling an ordinance.

In my naiveté, and wanting to be excruciatingly obedient, we did nothing for my in-laws, which I regret. If I was to do it over again, I would have a fairly casual ring 'exchange' at the wedding breakfast. Sort of like the world does a wedding toast. If we said anything, it would be about the symbolism of the ring- and just avoid anything that sounded like a promise or vow.

~ Old Wife