It is adorable when a little boy is walking down the aisle carrying a pillow with the wedding rings tied on it. That is the perfect scenario.
I’ve seen people put the rings in a special box for a child to carry, thinking it would provide an added measure of ring security.
No matter what method of delivery, I always recommend that the real rings be safely tucked into the best man’s pocket. Children are unpredictable. Can you really be comfortable putting the dollar equivalent of half a car on a pillow that a three-year-old is carrying?
I have seen many instances where the rings don’t make it to the front. At one outdoor ceremony I conducted, the adorable ring bearer arrived at the front and passed an empty pillow to the best man. Yikes! So all six groomsmen and about 50 men that were sitting among the guests formed a straight, tight line and started combing the 50 yards of grassy yard that the child had just walked. In the meantime, the bride and her dad are waiting to enter while the processional song continued to loop. Fortunately, the rings were found and the rest of ceremony went smoothly. But you can imagine how tense things were for a few minutes. I would not have wanted to be the person who thought they tied the rings to the pillow securely.
Ring bearers can carry something with fake rings that are easily purchased at craft supply stores. Or you can have them be a sign bearer instead. Little ones carrying a sign that says “here comes the bride” or something similar is just as cute.