I recently performed a wedding where the groom was Scottish. He and his groomsmen all wore kilts. I was reminded how much I love a man in a kilt, and what a fun element that is to have at a wedding! As evidenced by this particular groom's attire, he is a good sport, which came in EXTREMELY handy during the day. The couple had decided to have two young nephews be the ring bearers in their ceremony. (Mini-kilts! Adorable!)
Some wedding planners I know won't let the ring bearers hold the real rings at all (using fake ones on the pillow) because they are worried the rings will get lost. I think that's a little bit of overkill. Mostly it's fine, and if you're really worried, just don't give the kids the rings until seconds before they walk. In this case, the rings were handed out too early and the boys were excited and playing around with the pillow. Well - tragedy - one of the rings fell off the pillow! We delayed the start of the ceremony, locked down the area, and frantically searched the ground. No luck. We eventually had to give up the search, borrow a ring, and get the ceremony started.
When the boys carried those rings in (the bride's ring and the borrowed groom's ring), I think everyone was a little freaked out so they got tied on to the pillow SUPER TIGHT. Come ring exchange time, I was presented with the pillow and those rings were not budging! The best man and I kept picking at the knots and pulling this way and that. Well, here's the lucky thing, it's a tradition to wear a small knife, called a sgian-dubh, with your kilt, so each groomsman had one in their possession. We ended up having to cut the rings off the pillow! Crazy, funny, and memorable.
Fortunately, the couple were mellow, in great spirits, and really in love. There were some definite hiccups in their plans, but they were handled with grace. The rest of the ceremony was beautiful, emotional, and true to the spirit of the couple. All's well that ends well!
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