Wedding Tips: Holding and presenting your wedding rings is a big deal. Rings arriving by remote control cars, pets, grandparents, your wedding party or hiding them in the ceremonial space. Ideas to try something new!
Before You Choose Who Will Hold Your Rings - Read This. Ditch The Norm And Have Something Unexpected
It's often a funny part in the movie.
The couple have just said their vows and the officiant asks for the rings. The best man pats down his suit, and looks shocked and confused when he realises he doesn't have them.
Everyone scurries around looking for a substitute (like a Coke can tab or Cheezel) to replace the ring.
Everyone is relieved, and they go on to live happily ever after. Yes, losing a wedding ring in a movie is funny but not so in real life. Looking after wedding rings, until the moment you cement your vows with a ring, is a big responsibility. It can cause some couples to worry about what they should do. They ask what is the correct way and what do other people do?
Q: Who should look after your rings?
A: Anyone you wish too!
Many couples use their best man and/or maid of honour, page boy/ring bearer to hold their rings. This feels more traditional for the couple and some do this for ease. This is what suits them.
I have had a recent wedding where we had both grandmothers (who were recently widowed) hold the rings and walk up from the guests to give the rings. Each had a groomsman have their arm out for support. It was a surprise for the guests and it made them both feel very privileged. A very touching moment.
You can choose anyone you want to or not. I had a wedding where the rings were hidden in the flowers on the archway behind where we were doing our ceremony. The bride and groom just plucked them out when it was time.
Ben and Chloe's rings arrived on a small remote control car (contolled by father of the bride) which was pretty cool. It even 'beeped' its horn when it arrived at their feet.
Holding the rings is a "big deal" and ideally, you would like someone who agrees this is an important role.
Ring Warming Ceremony
I have also had ring-warming ceremonies, where all the guests have briefly held the rings during the ceremony to "warm the rings" with their love for the couple. This works well with smaller weddings.
Or, of course, you can use your fur-babies. I have had lots of weddings where their beloved animals have been included.
Meet Macy the Ring Bearer
Gorgeous Macy was in charge of her "Mum and Dad's" (Anna and Hamish) wedding rings.
They ensured the rings were secure and a bridesmaid was responsible for looking after Macy. Macy walked down with the bridesmaids and waited patiently through the ceremony. When it was her turn to hand over the rings, she wagged her tail and was happy to be part of it. It was wonderful to see.
If you are thinking about your dog or animal, there are some things to consider.
Whoever you decide to carry your rings on your day, remember it is a beautiful moment in their life as well. It is essential to ensure they know when they will be called at the rehearsal and what to do. If there is a ring box, it is good to confirm what they will do with it later.
Some choose not to have rings, and some choose to have a tattoo on their finger instead. Whatever you decide, make sure you are celebrating YOUR Wedding day YOUR way
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