Many brides and grooms decide against having a ring bearer. You might not have any younger nephews, children, or family friends or maybe you just don’t want kids at your wedding. It doesn’t matter what your feelings or opinions are on the tradition, you’ll still need someone to do the job. So don’t panic if you don’t have a ring bearer! You’ve got a few options to choose from:
1. Use your Best Man (and/or the Maid of Honor)
You can always put your best man on ring duty. If you’ve picked your best bro as your best man, chances are he’s pretty reliable. Make sure he’s got both bands in a secured box and you’re ready to go. Another tradition is to have the best man hold the bride’s band and the maid of honor hold the groom’s band.
2. Ask the Officiant
You could also ask the officiant to hold the rings if your best bro is a bit on the sloppy side. It’d be convenient since the officiant would already be taking care of the ceremony. Plus, they could come up with a unique way to present the rings since they have more experience.
3. Involve all of your bridal party
You can also involve all of your bridal party with the rings. Give the rings to the bridesmaid and groomsmen at the end of the line. During the ceremony each attendant can pass the rings along until they reach the bride and groom. It’s a fun way to involve everyone throughout the ceremony.
4. Let your dog be the ring bearer
Dogs are another great option if you actually trust them! Well behaved dogs can make an awesome makeshift ring bearer. It might take some training but the pictures will be amazing if you can actually pull it off. But don’t wait until last minute to start your training. If you are planning a longer engagement, training sessions is a must have for your pup. Also make sure the rings are in a secure place. Don’t place the rings near their mouth…or you might be waiting for a few hours to get the rings back.
5. Ask the guests!
Guests could also play a role in the ring ceremony. If you actually trust them! If you are having a smaller ceremony, have your guests pass the rings through the crowd. Have them say a prayer with the rings or bless them. This could be a great gesture, especially if you or your bride are religious…or if you want to make your religious grandma happy.
6. Have your family pass you the ring
If you want to make the ceremony more sentimental, have your parents or a loved family member hold the rings. This could turn into a very sweet and memorable ceremony. Especially if you are very close to your family members.