I thought I'd run this etiquette-ish question by the community to see what the thoughts are on this!
We've invited my 4-year-old nephew to be the ringbearer at the wedding. We got him a little book that explains what it means to be a ringbearer... being 4 he's not jazzed about it, but would be interested if he can save the wedding by catching a frog (a thing that happens in the book I guess). My sister, the matron of honor, has been explaining what an important role this is to him.
Our wedding rings are very expensive custom rings that we had made back before we set up a budget for the wedding (never do this by the way, lol, the rings are a disproportionally large part of the cost of the wedding now). We're a little nervous about giving these to a 4-year-old, even for a brief time. We purchased two identical personalized ring boxes. I'm looking at two different options for handling this:
- Give my nephew the box with the real rings to carry down the aisle and give to the best man, but wait to give my nephew the box until just before he goes down the aisle
- Fill one of the ring boxes with fake rings that look similar to the real ones, give him the box with the fakes (he can even have it early to play with if it helps him get into the role), and give the box with the real rings to the best man and do a switcheroo during the ceremony
I don't want to offend anyone by implying we don't trust my nephew with our real rings, but... he's 4. What do you all think? Which option would you choose in this situation?