Figure 1.--These boys at this 1995 wedding wear Eton suits. Normally solid color grey, black, blue, oe white Eton suits or worn. These boys, however, wear blue jackets with white shorts.
Ring bearers at modern American weddings generally feature the ring bearer in Eton suit or junior tuxedo. Only the most formal wedding may have te ring bearer in Fauntleroy-style knickers or shorts. British weddings are somewhat more varied with a variety of costumes for the ring bearer from Fauntleroy styles to kilts and military uniforms. I have less information on other foreign styles.
The ring bearer's role in a modern wedding is unchanged. He is the young boy in the wedding ceremony who brings the ring to altar--traditionally on a pillow rimmed with lace and ribbons.
The ring bearer brings the pillow down the aisle before
the wedding ceremony. Many believe that the ring bearer and other children
serving as attendants can add a nice touch to a wedding.
The ring bearer since Vicorian times has been outfiited in charming
period outfits. Victorians choose to dress ring boys as pages harkening back to previous
centuries. Some outfits are Jane Greeaway kneepants outfits with
lace and ruffled collars. Other outfits include sailor suits, kilts,
and velvet suits. Ring bearers in America have more commonly worn
shirt pants Eton suits, either blue or white suits usually with
Figure 2.--Usually white kneesocks are worn with with short pants, but these boys wear blue kneesocks. Usually black shoes are worn with blue kneesocks, but these boys wear white shoes.
The ring bearers in this wedding wear a blue Eton jackets, but with
a double breasted affect. Ther blouses have classic Peter Pan collars.
Notice how the collar does go all around the neck, but rather is
split at the back. The blouses do not appear to be classic child's
solid white blouses, but rather have some intricate work. The
are also not worn like classic Perter Pan blouses, but rather
the boys have small white bowties. The boys
wear white whort pants in the longish
style that has become popular in the 1990s. They wear blue kneesock
and white shoes.
The ring bearer outfits cost about $160 to $190
PEGEEN, P.O. Box 27, Ironia, NJ 07845 (201)442-0799
The Bride's Room, Charlotte, NC
Janeen's Children, Martinsville, NJ
White Lace & Promises, Brookfield, ILL
The Dresser, Fullerton, CA
Brides by Donna, Chagrin Falls, OH
Patricia South The Bride's Choice, Plantation, FL
Hardly the totally formal traditional white short pants ring bearer's
suit with white knee socks. The bride, however, clearly wianted the
boys had her wedding o have someting of a classical look and not just be
scaled down versions of a little man.
Figure 3.--The boys wear traditional Peter Pan collars with their Eton suits. One boy wears a bowtie, usually Peter Pan collars are worn without ties.
Figure 4.--Note how the Peter Pan collar is split at the back.
The costumes for boys serving as ring bearers and ushers at
formal weddings are often based on
historic styles which have remained remarkably consistent over time. Some imaginative costumes were seen in the early 20th century, but have since become more standard. Many of our modern customs, practices,
and conventions concerning the wedding ceremony developed during the
Victorian era. The ring bearer at a Victorian wedding could be dressed
in contemporary clothes or dressed in period costume.
Information on ring bearer costumes , experiences and specific weddings are available on these pages:
Many companies offer a huge amount of merchandice for weddings. Few companies specialize in children's wedding clothes, especially ring bearer outfits. Some information is available at:
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