19 Unexpected Wedding Ring Pillows
Your wedding rings are your most important big-day accessories. Not only are they an integral part of your ceremony, but they're also a symbol of you and your partner's eternal love for each other. Since they're a focal point of your nuptials, you'll want to make sure that they're prettily showcased during your event—before you slip them on, that is. Usually, couples place their rings onto a white satin pillow, which is carried by their ring bearer down the aisle. Though there's nothing wrong with this classic approach, we love to see newlyweds reimagine this ceremony staple and make it their own.
Many brides and grooms do just that—take the classic wedding ring pillow and put a fresh spin on it. The result? An aisle essential that's completely unique to their celebration. If you're looking for inspiration, we suggest drawing on the theme or vibe of your event, like many couples did in the slides ahead. Throwing a rustic event? Bookmark one duo's antler motif idea. Alternatively, if you're holding your event near the ocean, switch out a pillow for a sea shell.
You'll quickly realize that many of these duos ditched pillows altogether and opted for a completely unexpected object, instead. Some of the following alternatives include books, antique boxes, dishes, and even potted plants. Though we love all of these fun swaps, we're partial to the lusher, foliage-centric options, like this leafy one by A Garden Party. The gist? You can turn just about anything into your ring bearer's favorite accessory. To help you brainstorm your very own idea, we've rounded up some of our favorite wedding ring pillows (and pillow substitutes!) from real celebrations. With all of the inspired accents ahead, you're bound to walk away with an idea for your own ceremony.
We love how this Paloma's Nest dish served two purposes—it doubled as the couple's ring "pillow" and a sentimental keepsake.
Searching for the perfect fabric for your ring pillow? Draw inspiration from your big-day stationery. The map print seen here was also featured on the event's invitation suite.
Although succulents usually bring a contemporary vibe wherever they're featured, this nest pillow alternative gives off a more whimsical feel.
It doesn't get any simpler than this wooden ring holder, which is perfect for an outdoor ceremony.
Handwrite a quote about love onto your ring bearer's pillow for a sentimental touch to your ceremony. This sweet phrase also contained the couple's wedding date.
You can easily incorporate your love of reading into your big day by securing your wedding rings to your favorite books.
Repurpose a large clam shell—bonus points if you collect it during a pre-wedding walk—for the perfect beach ring pillow.
To elevate a simple satin pillow, try adding a floral appliqué. The couple purchased this one from Etsy.
If flowers are playing a big role in your celebration's décor, incorporate a floral motif onto your ring bearer pillow. The peony design seen here was featured throughout this bloom-filled wedding.
Throwing a ranch-inspired event? A cow hide ring pillow is the perfect thematic touch.
For a vintage-style celebration, opt for "something old," but elevated, like this distressed wooden box with gold detailing. The couple purchased this version from Hobby Lobby.
This peach-hued pillow will add a pop of color to any ring bearer's mini tux.
Use your event's oceanside location as inspiration for your ring bearer's pillow. This couple did just that—a large nautilus shell, which also housed a tiny floral arrangement, was the perfect nautical touch.
If you're searching for a more traditional option, try something like this frilly, lace pillow. Not sure where to source the fabric? Ask your big-day tailor to add some of the fabric cut away from your wedding dress to the ring holder.
Flora Nova proves you can make a ring bearer pillow from just about anything—even a block of moss.
Ensure your rustic theme touches every inch of your big day by incorporating an antler motif onto your wedding ring pillow.
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