Traditionally, the Best Man was given the responsibility of keeping the rings safe and indeed the honour of presenting them to the bride and groom. This responsibility is weighty. Who can forget Joey’s nightmare in ‘Friends’ and there are countless other examples of best men finding it a nerve-wracking experience.
A celebrant ceremony is designed to be completely personal and the ring presentation is yet another element of the ceremony which can be adapted to include others rather than the traditional best man. It is a perfect time to include the father of the groom for instance, a child, a grandparent or anyone who the couple would like to honour or validate as a special and precious part of their life.
Take the father of the groom. The father of the bride has such an important role to play as he is most likely to have walked his daughter down the aisle and ‘given her away’. What a wonderful moment of validation to ask the groom’s father to look after those precious rings. It brings an element of balance to the involvement of each family and a truly proud and special memory to cherish for him.
Small children presenting the rings will always bring heart melting moments and doubtless will delight by doing something unpredictable and sweet. Older children will take the role very seriously and feel honoured and special to have this responsibility. It can work perfectly as a bonding experience especially if there is a blending of families.
Animals are a fun idea and using favourite pets to present the rings is popular if not a little risky. Be it a dog or horse they will definitely steal the limelight momentarily but be prepared for it all to go hopelessly wrong. There is a lot of truth in WC Fields’ comment ‘never work with children or animals’.
Finally whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan, you cannot fail to be impressed with a barn owl delivering your rings. The soft silent flight of a trained owl will make the delivery of them a truly unique and special moment.