Stylish Ring Bearer Outfits For Your Springtime Wedding

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Ring Bearer in his cute little outfit : Flickr

Planning a wedding can be hell for a bride, particularly when it comes to dressing the bridal party.  Choosing the right colors and styles can be difficult, unless its spring.  With all the colors and styles available, spring weddings are a brides dream; and as we all know weddings are all about the bride. Except, of course, when the adorable little ring bearer comes marching down the aisle.  He is the one person, in my opinion, who can and should outshine the bride – at least for a few minutes.  So it’s important that you dress him right, because as much as I hate to say it I have been at weddings where that cute little boy wasn’t dressed so cute.  There’s a fine line between precious and what-were-they-thinking ring bearer outfits. Hopefully these tips I came up with will help you.

One rule you should always remember is: gimmicky ring bearer outfits may look cute in a magazine, but they won’t look so cute 20 years from now in your wedding album.  For example, if you’re ceremony is around Easter doesn’t mean you should have him wear every color of the pastel rainbow.  Seriously I once saw a little boy wearing pastel blue, pink, yellow and turquoise.  You want him to steal the spotlight, not people’s eyesight.  Stick to neutral colors with maybe an accent color for the bow tie or cummerbund.  Keep it simple so he wears the outfit, not the other way around.

Another good tip is that although you might see unique (translation: odd) ring bearer outfits, a traditional boys tuxedo is usually the best choice.  I know, I know, tuxedos are so boring and traditional – but they’re not.  They’re traditional attire for a reason: a tuxedo ALWAYS looks good.  Face it, there is nothing cuter than little boys tuxedos, everybody oohs and aaahs when they see him.   So even though its spring and the weather is warm, save the knickers (shorts for those of you born after 1980) for Halloween and get him a tuxedo.  You can spice it up with a stylish vest or graphic tie.  There are also plenty of boys suits you can pick if boys tuxedos don’t work. Trust me, you’ll look back at your pictures without cringing.

Many spring weddings take place in a garden or yard, so if you want to dress him in something less traditional/more casual you have plenty of choices.  A stylish pair of Khakis, paired with a button down shirt and vest will have your ring bearer looking his absolute cutest.  Pair it with a vest to up the cuteness factor to insanely adorable.  You could also go with a pair of black jeans, button down shirt and suspenders and bow-tie for a nerdy/chic look that only a little boy could pull off (seriously no adult should ever wear suspenders).   You can’t go wrong with either of these looks.

The most important thing to remember is: your ring bearer is a child, not a circus performer.    Make sure he is both stylish AND comfortable.  If he’s fidgeting or tugging, maybe the material or cut of the outfit is wrong for him.  If he has a problem walking in dress shoes, let him wear black sneakers.  He’s a child, he’s still going to look cute it’s not going to ruin the wedding.   After all, weddings are all about the bride (until the ring bearer comes walking down the aisle).

To Infinity and Beyond! Superhero Themed Wedding

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Cyclops and Jean Grey. Black Panther and Storm. Vision and Scarlet Witch. Superman and Wonder Woman. Batman and Robin.  When superheroes meet and fall in love, it is cause for celebration. For newly engaged couples seeking a way to incorporate their shared love of one particular superhero or superheroes in general, a superhero wedding theme is an idea easily adaptable for any type of nuptial celebration.

First, set a budget and determine the number of guests. Come to an agreement on how far to carry the superhero wedding theme.  Keep in mind it is not always a great idea to encourage guests to come in full costume. The possibility of future in-laws wearing tights and capes is worth a discussion – some things can never been unseen. One compromise is to keep it tame during the ceremony, letting the fantastic fun loose during the reception.

Superhero wedding invitations

Set things in motion with the invitations. Guests will be curious and excited about a superhero wedding theme. Create a personalized comic book with a brief story about the bride and groom along with all of the pertinent wedding details. A budget-friendly version of this is to have an artist draw a comic strip version of the bride and groom as superheros for the front of the invitation with more traditional details included inside the card.

Bride in batgirl wedding attire www.dpersonettphotography.com

Most women dream of wearing a beautiful wedding gown. However, there is no reason a traditional dress cannot be made a little bit “super.” A visit to any online store specializing in costume merchandise will reveal superhero garters, lingerie, socks and even shoes to fit the theme without detracting from the gown.  Brave brides might opt to sport a belt fashioned after Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth or her golden arm-cuffs.

Men might enjoy sporting action figure boutonnieres with appropriate flowers attached. They, too, can opt for subtle superhero garb. The groom can wear themed boxers and his favorite super hero t-shirt under his tuxedo. Don’t forget to check out superhero cuff links, rings and other jewelry.

Superhero-Dessert-Backdropwww.jaggerphotography.com

The reception is the time to really make a statement. Have a back drop where guests can take photos – Gotham City? Plain white with thought bubbles painted at head height? Have props like capes and superhero gadgets available nearby. At the bar, create themed drinks with superhero ice cubes and straws with cartoon markers. Top it off with super hero theme coasters.

The wedding cake offers countless possibilities. Each layer of the cake can be decorated to represent a different super hero. A plain cake can be covered with fondant symbols and BAM! POW! blurbs. For a black-white-red Spiderman wedding, feature white cupcakes with delicate spider webs on top.

Superhero drinks mixerwww.jaggerphotography.com

Don’t forget the guest favors. Superhero Pez dispensers are always a hit. For something more elaborate, assemble bags with Pez dispensers,  masks, silly string and small flashlights with a Bat Signal taped on the lens.

Skip the Macarena or the Chicken Dance – get guests dancing to the Batman TV theme song and a host of other theme songs covered by artists of every genre. Hong Kong Phooey by Sublime will bring everyone to the dance floor. Put the best man to work compiling a play list. If there will be a live band, ask if they will cover one or two favorites.

Have fun. Remember, memorable does not mean expensive. Gather inspiration from: friends, comics, movies, and the internet. While planning a superhero wedding theme, remember the words of the Scarlet Witch, “Everyone’s story begins once upon a time, and it’s up to us to cherish the time we’re given to ensure we live happily ever after.”

Thanks to vanessajoy, jaggerphotography and dpersonettphotography for providing the beautiful photos. Please check them out for more eye candy.