For the ring bearer
Ball: If you and your future spouse are sports fans, consider using an item from your favorite event. For instance, the ring can be tied around a baseball, tennis ball, football or basketball with some satin ribbon.
Decorative bowl: Use a porcelain bowl to store the rings, and have the bowl engraved with your names and wedding date. You can also choose a romantic phrase to include on the bottom of the bowl, like “With this ring.”
A book: If you and your other half share a love for literature, hollow out the inside of a book for a unique place to store the rings. If you would rather not cut into the book, you can choose a favorite book and tie some twine around it with your rings attached.
A slab of wood: Having a rustic wedding? Then give your ring bearer a slab of wood engraved with your names and wedding date. Tie some ribbon around the wood with your bling.
For the flower girl
A sign: Give your flower girl a sign to carry with her down the aisle. The sign could be simple and read something like “Here comes the bride” or it could be a funny phrase like “last chance to run!” Either way, signs are a great way to make your entrance even more dramatic. Personally, I love this heart-shaped “Here comes the bride” chalkboard sign from Invitations by Dawn!
Lantern: Having a night wedding? If so, have your flower girl light the way by carrying a lantern with her down the aisle. You can even fill the lantern with sand or gemstones.
A love note: Fold up a secret message to your groom and give it to your flower girl to deliver.
A balloon: This works for even the youngest of flower girls. A balloon can be tied to her wrist or she can carry one to add a pop of color to your aisle.
Will you be using any of these alternatives on your wedding day? Share your thoughts with us!