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Wondering what the scoop is on those cute little kids in the wedding party? Young boys can play two main roles: ring bearer and page. Pages help the bride with an extra-long train, while ring bearers bring the wedding rings (or fakes that look like the wedding rings) to the altar.
The ring bearer, traditionally a small boy aged four to eight, walks down the aisle just before the flower girl (if there is one), carrying a pillow with two rings tied to it. Since it’s not the greatest idea to entrust gold rings to a rambunctious 6-year-old, the rings are usually fakes.
Are you the trusting sort? Well, if you trust the little tyke with your jewelry, at least have someone hand him the pillow replete with real rings just before he begins trekking down the aisle. If he gets hold of them too far in advance, it’s more likely he’ll lose them.
Whatever you choose to have the ring bearer carry, be sure he’s told about his duties ahead of time. It’s probably best to include him in the rehearsal dinner, so the full implications of his duties (walking down an aisle all by himself with a hundred people watching) don’t come as a big shock.
Who to Choose?
You’ll probably want to choose a young family member. Perhaps your first or second cousins already have children. You can also choose a godchild or a family friend. If you don’t know any young boys, don’t sweat it: Having a ring bearer is a great way to include young family members in your wedding ceremony, but a ring bearer isn’t a necessity. In most cases, the best man will be holding the real rings anyhow.
Dressing the Little One
So you’ve enlisted a little lad to tromp toward the altar as your ring bearer — now what? Dress him up, of course. Whether you go the tiny tux route or the path less traveled, scan these snazzy tips for the little dude’s duds.
Opinions on ring bearers’ attire vary. There’s the “Please, no mini-tuxes,” school, but others find little boys in grown-up formal wear endearing. More traditional choices are satin and velvet suits, often in dark colors like navy or hunter green. You can also consider dark blue jackets, white shorts, and blue or white knee socks, or for summer, a seersucker or linen suit — you could even put the tiny guy in a sailor suit.
Whatever you choose, make sure the boys are comfortable, while still remaining faithful to the overall tone of your wedding. Also, encourage ring bearers to try out their clothes before the wedding so they won’t pull at the neck or the crotch in an unseemly way on the big day.