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|Keeping the rings on
the ring bearer's pillow
|Most ring pillows are equipped with ribbons to be used to tie the rings on. In my experience, the ribbons are a disaster. They are either tied too tight or not tightly enough.
There are some Brides or Mothers of the Bride who devise other ingenious solutions to
The Mother of the Bride, with a small case of tunnel vision, sewed the rings securely to the pillow. Apparently she didn't stop to consider how this might become a problem when the Best Man was asked to liberate the rings from the pillow.
The Best Man on this occasion was literally and figuratively a mountain man. He was huge, with a wild beard. He had come down to the city to do honor to his friend, the Groom. He was in a very large tuxedo (size 56!), but somehow the clothes failed to take the mountain out of the man. He might just as well have been wearing buckskin.
At the rehearsal, this mountain man had been coached to take the rings from the pillow and hand them to me. At the ceremony, however, he encountered the immovable rings. He gave the rings a tug or two, and realized the problem. He reached behind him, inside his tuxedo jacket, and produced a huge knife, with a seven or eight inch blade, and proceeded to "operate" on the pillow. The rings were free in short order, but the pillow never recovered.
That's "too tight." There's also "too loose":
At a Bed & Breakfast Inn, the Bride's two daughters, aged 4 and 6, were to be the Ring bearer and Flower Girl. The four-year-old had the rings, tied loosely on the pillow so they could be easily removed by the Best Man. She carried it with one hand in a strap on the underside of the pillow and the other hand free to steady it. It was a long walk down ivy-lined paths from the B&B to the gazebo where the wedding was to take place. In her nervousness, the four year old started punching the pillow with her free hand, turning it into a satin catcher's mitt. By the time she arrived at the gazebo, several thousand dollars' worth of ring had been lost somewhere in the ivy.
This was preventable!
Tie the ribbons on the pillow in a nice bow and forget about them.
Secure the rings to the pillow using long corsage pins. Use the long pin to catch some of the fabric of the pillow cover, then put the pin through the ring and back into the pillow fabric.
The ring is now secure but easily removed. This is good insurance!
Give the pillow with the rings attached to the ring bearer 60 seconds before he heads down the aisle in the processional; not half an hour.