If you have a soft spot for kiddos, or if someone close to you has a young boy between three and eight years old, your wedding won't be complete without a ring bearer! Being a ring bearer is a special honor in a young boy's life, and its responsibilities should not be taken lightly. If you're planning on having a ring bearer in your wedding, consider these tips to make his job (and yours!) much easier.
Remember, your ring bearer is just a child. Even if his responsibilities have been thoroughly explained to him ahead of time, accidents can happen. Many couples choose to put fake rings on the ring pillow and have the best man carry the real rings in his pocket for safekeeping.
Give Him A Buddy
You and your fiance will be wrapped up in your own worlds on the day of the wedding, so pick a groomsman to be the ring bearer's buddy on the big day. The groomsman can remind the ring bearer to use the restroom before the ceremony begins and can be in charge of holding the ring pillow until it's time for the young man to walk down the aisle. Assure the ring bearer that his buddy will be there for him all day in case he needs anything.
Make Him Feel Comfortable
It's important that your ring bearer feel confident in his role. Make sure he fully understands his responsibilities well before the ceremony begins. It's a good idea to have his parents seated in or near the front row, so they can be easily seen from the altar. After walking down the aisle, the ring bearer can either sit with his parents or stand with his buddy. If your ring bearer is nervous or very young, someone can escort him down the aisle.
Manage Your Expectations
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Don't Have A Young Man? Improvise!
While ring bearers were traditionally young boys, couples are now getting creative with their ring bearer options. It's not uncommon for couples to ask a young girl to be their ring bearer, and now some couples are even having their dogs or other pets act as the ring bearer!
What are your plans for a ring bearer? We'd love to hear!