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Alternatives to a Ring Bearer Pillow

Image by rasdourian on FlickrIf the traditional ring bearer pillow is not your idea of the perfect accessory to transport your wedding rings down the aisle, consider other alternatives. Many brides these days are doing away with the traditional satin pillow for their pint sized groomsman and instead are getting really creative with their styles.

Some brides like to make their ring bearer alternative modes of transport for the rings. Some like to knit, scrap, paint or use their other artistic talents to come up with their very own creation. Some brides have turned to Etsy.com to see what’s available in the handmade department that could serve as ring bearer gear. Whatever you choose to do, here are some great ideas to get you started.

Consider crafting or finding a soft object to place your rings on. This can be anything from a crocheted or knitted stuffed animal—such as a college mascot or other favorite animal—to a shape like a cupcake or apple or baseball. Anything that represents your likes and tastes as a couple is a good idea for wedding ceremony items like your ring bearer pillow. If you’re football fans, why not have a small soft football and attach the rings with strings. Use stand-in rings so the ring bearer can keep the football and play with it. The Best Man should hold onto the rings anyway if you want them to arrive at the altar.

Other ideas include making a basket of flowers where the rings can be placed in boxes. Or you can have a bouquet with satin trim that holds the rings on with hatpins. Make it the right size for a ring bearer to come down the aisle, then offering it to the bride. It will look really sweet.

Image by Valerie's Genealogy Photos on Flickr

There are so many other things you can use as well. Consider your tastes. If you want your dog to be your ring bearer, you might attach the rings (faux, of course) to his collar by long strings. Or you might have a stuffed dog ride on his back with the fake rings attached. Let him chew it up later (minus the rings) and he’ll have a ball.

Consider using something that the ring bearer can immediately play with after he hands off the rings. That can be anything from a basket stuffed with colorful crayons arranged to look like flowers (mom can hold the coloring book), to a balsa wood airplane. Anything that’s a toy from either the bride’s or groom’s youth will work well.

Have him hold a slinky dog or a Jack in the Box. If you have an old toy, or can find a replica of the one you remember on Ebay, you can use it. Barbie and Ken are also cute ideas. One can hold one ring and the other can hold the second one. Too cute!

Think creatively. There’s no reason you have to settle for a white satin pillow if you don’t want to. Try an antique toy car if you and your fiancé are old car fanatics or a toy motorcycle if you have choppers. Anything and everything can work these days, and the more unique, the more everyone will remember it. Try posting your ideas online for other brides as well as on bridal forum pages. Others will love to benefit from the wisdom.

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