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This Ring Box Makes an Absolutely Beautiful Keepsake

It’s time for today’s handmade wedding find: a ring box keepsake! Be sure you’re subscribed so you never miss a post.

You know we love a classic ring pillow, but we’re always on the hunt for the new and unique twists that handmade weddings have to offer. One of our favorite ring pillow alternatives is a ring box. A ring box is typically made of wood and is definitely reusable. Couples use a ring box after the big day to hold treasures, like jewelry, valuables, or even their most treasured keepsakes (like a favorite necklace, ring, or, my favorite, baby’s nursery bracelet).

Today we’re sharing a new ring box that we know you’ll love from White Tulip Boutique. This wood box features an engraved Celtic cross on the top and moss placed inside as a “pillow” for your rings. The moss can be removed afterward, giving way to your treasures in your new keepsake box. This ring box is ideal for Irish weddings or church weddings. Take a look!

Wood Wedding Ring Box

Wood Wedding Ring Box / Ring Box Keepsake by White Tulip Boutique | via http://emmalinebride.com/ceremony/ring-box-keepsake/

by white tulip boutique

by white tulip boutique

Ring Box Keepsake

Isn’t it lovely?

You can find out more about this ring box here. If you’re planning an Irish wedding, you won’t want to miss this inspiring post.

Happy Planning!


Ring Bearer Pillow with Initials

Hi, Happy Wednesday to you! So, have you picked out a ring pillow yet? If you’re opting for a traditional ring pillow (that’s what I did) for your ceremony, then we have a treat for you today. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Kayla of BE Timeless to offer a custom ring bearer pillow with initials to one lucky reader. This sweet, simple ring bearer pillow ties into any wedding theme you choose, whether it be traditional, rustic, modern, or even beach. There are custom colors available, which means this ring pillow will also coordinate beautifully with your color palette. Enough talking about it, on to the prize!

ring bearer pillow with initials

About the Prize

This giveaway is for a custom ring bearer pillow with initials. Size: 5″ x 5″ pillow. It is made with 100% cotton and stuffed with premium poly fill. The design is silk screened in one of these available colors: black, white, gray, blue, navy blue, red, or green. A satin ribbon is attached above the “+” sign. Available ribbon colors: white, ivory, black, yellow, gray (silver), or blue.

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 10/29-11/4/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 5×5 Ring Bearer Pillow with Initials
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to the U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $14 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


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Truck Ring Bearer Pillow

While not exclusively for vintage weddings, this vintage inspired 1956 Ford toy truck ring bearer pillow is a creative twist! Instead of a traditional ring pillow, this toy truck can be used in its place. A small white satin pillow in the bed of the truck features ribbon to hold your rings; the pillow is removable so your ring bearer can play with the toy truck and keep it after the ceremony. We love dual-purpose wedding ideas! Your ring pillow + your ring bearer’s gift? Consider those two crossed off your list this week!

Truck Ring Bearer Pillow

This adorable handmade truck ring bearer pillow is by By The Seashore.

Truck Ring Bearer Pillow

Get this truck ring bearer pillow now or see other adorable wedding decor items at By The Seashore.


7 Etsy Rustic Ring Pillow Alternatives

Planning a rustic wedding? You’ll want to pick decorations that will emphasize your selected theme. For instance, for a handmade touch, select an Etsy rustic ring pillow alternative such as a ring box or wood slice instead of a traditional ring pillow. We’ve rounded up seven rustic ring pillow alternatives we spotted on Etsy — specifically, PNZ Designs — to inspire your themed wedding day. Enjoy!

Etsy Rustic Ring Pillow Alternatives

1. Rustic Wood Slice Ring Pillow Alternative

One of my favorite alternatives? A rustic wood slice! I love this one.

wood slice ring pillow with monogramed names burned on top

2. Round Ring Box with ‘Love Never Fails’

ring box round with love never fails on top

3. Ring Bearer Box with ‘Love’

rustic ring box with love heart on top

4. Wood Ring Box with Monogram

wood ring box with monogram on top

5. Rustic Ring Boxes: ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’

bride groom ring boxes rustic painted

6. Antler Ring Box

rustic ring box antlers wood painted gray

7. Rustic Jewelry Box

rustic jewelry box ring pillow alternative with monogram on top

You can find more Etsy ring pillow alternatives in our very own handmade wedding Marketplace! We’re the handmade wedding blog and we love, love, loooove handmade everything.


VW Bug + Surfboard Ring Pillow

Hi, lovelies! If you’re planning a beach wedding, hold on to your hats: we’ve found a ring pillow you won’t want to miss! This surfboard ring pillow is one of our favorite beach ideas to date! It features a vintage-inspired Volkswagen bug with a surfboard on top of the roof where the rings are secured with a ribbon. We spotted this awesome find over at By The Seashore, a shop with an endless array of beach wedding accents and home decor with a seaside vibe. (You may recall these beach wedding centerpieces… and who could forget these seashell covered letters?) Read on to see the surfboard ring pillow up close…

Surfboard Ring Pillow

Here is the ring pillow in ivory…

Surfboard Ring Pillow

Surfboard Ring Pillow

In blue…

Surfboard Ring Pillow

You can have the back of the car personalized with ‘Just Married’ and your wedding date, too!

Surfboard Ring Pillow

… and pink! (Have a custom color request? Just ask!)

Surfboard Ring Pillow

vintage vw ring bearer pillow

Wouldn’t your ring bearer look so cute carrying this down the aisle? We think so, too.

Surfboard Ring Pillow

Surfboard Ring Pillow

To grab yours, view more beach wedding decor, or to find out more, stop over at By The Seashore and tell ’em Emmaline Bride sent you! You can also see their work in The Marketplace as a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride.

There’s more coming up next! In the meantime, check out these amazing ideas!


Custom Ring Dish: Giveaway!

Happy Monday, loves! We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration with a new giveaway. We’ve teamed up with Elycia Camille to offer a custom ring dish, one of our favorite ring pillow alternatives, to one lucky reader. The ring dish is handmade with durable earthenware clay and customized with text and dates of your choosing. A ring dish is used instead of a ring pillow at your ceremony; then, it is reused at home as a creative place to hold your ring. Want a chance to win one? Read on to get started!

i do ring dish

Custom Ring Dish

What would your ring dish read? You can have your wedding date, names, “I Do”, “Happily Ever After”, or another custom message.

wedding date ring dishring dish wedding datelove is all you need ring dishcustom ring dish bluehappily ever after ring dish

Giveaway: Win a Custom Ring Dish!

o Enter between 5/19/14-5/25/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: custom ring dish by Elycia Camille
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/26; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included anywhere
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $18 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

Hi, loves! Happy Monday! Are you looking for a chic ring pillow for your wedding? Want something that’s chic, handmade and perfect for the spring or summer? We’ve found eight of ’em! Recently I popped into Laura Stark Jewelry & Bridal Accessories Studio and I love her collection of linen ring pillows. These are ideal for your wedding and will add to the beautiful decor in your home, too! Read on to see which eight linen ring pillows we’ve hand-picked to share with you today… and tell us which one is your favorite!

Linen Ring Pillows

1. Something Blue

This light blue linen ring pillow has white embroidery lace. It is just the perfect touch for your ceremony and adds “something blue” in an instant.

light blue lace ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

2. Pink Pleats Ring Pillow

This pillow is pretty in pink: it pairs a romantic combination of white and pink pleats as trim across the center of the pillow.

pink pleats ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

3. Lace Chambery Linen Pillow

This pillow is named for Chambery, France, and features a hand-stitched applique across a linen ring pillow.

lace ring pillow chambery via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

4. Green Celtic Knot

The green celtic knot linen ring pillow is perfect for celebrating your Irish heritage! Dark green thread is hand-embroidered onto a white linen ring pillow.

green celtic knot ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

5. Mustard Yellow Ring Pillow

This ring pillow features a lovely line flower and white tulle atop the pillow. Ribbons, made of lace, hold your rings to the pillow.

mustard yellow ring pillow

6. Tulle Ring Pillow

This linen ring pillow features a luxurious piece of tulle across the center. It also includes a pretty embroidered ribbon to hold your rings.

tulle ring pillow linen

7. Blue Rosette

This is another pillow with “something blue”, but in the form of a sweet and subtle blue rosette atop a bed of ivory tulle petals.

blue rosette ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

8. Lace Ring Pillow with Rhinestone Button

This ring bearer pillow features lace which has been hand-sewn over a linen ring pillow. It is finished with a rhinestone button.

lace ring pillow toulon via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

Love these linen ring pillows?

Find out more information + see other lovely designs here.

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned!


“Do I Really Need a Ring Pillow?” – Ask Emmaline

Hello, brides! If you’re gearing up for your wedding ceremony and wondering what all the fuss is over the ring pillow, we’re here to help! Today we’re sharing nine things to know about the ring pillow, which includes answers to your most-asked questions to our ‘Ask Emmaline‘ inbox such as, “Do I really need a ring pillow?” Plus, we’re showcasing some handmade loveliness from Laura Stark, one of the most amazing ring pillow designers to date, for inspiration. Read on to find out more about the ring pillow, get inspired, and let us know which style you love best. (Mine? A tie between the mustard ring pillow and the something blue, shown below. Love ’em both.) Enjoy!

something blue ring pillow by Laura Stark

Do I Really Need a Ring Pillow? And Other Concerns

1. What is a ring pillow? Do I need a ring pillow for my wedding?

A ring pillow is a small square pillow onto which the wedding rings are placed and secured with a ribbon. While not required, a ring pillow makes a beautiful keepsake after the wedding. If you are worried about cost, consider a DIY ring pillow or look for ring pillows that fit in best with your budget. Prefer no ring bearer? You can skip the tradition altogether and opt instead for the best man to hold the rings in his pocket. It’s all up to you!

9 Things to Know about the Ring Pillow (via EmmalineBride.com) - natural pillow by Laura Stark

2. What is the approximate age of a ring bearer?

The ring bearer’s age varies at each wedding, but typically the age of the ring bearer is between age 4 and 9.

3. What size should the ring pillow be?

When shopping for a ring pillow, consider your ring bearer’s age and size. If the ring pillow is too big, it can be bulky and hard to carry. Too small, and it will seem awkward for him to hold.

9 Things to Know about the Ring Pillow (via EmmalineBride.com) - something blue pillow by Laura Stark

4. What is a ring pillow handle? Do I need one?

A ring pillow handle is a piece of ribbon or fabric sewn to the reverse side of the pillow for the ring bearer to hold onto. This makes it easy for his little hands to carry the pillow down the aisle. A handle can be sewn in to an existing ring pillow using needle and thread and can be crafted with a piece of wide ribbon or fabric. Many ring pillows today are crafted with a ring pillow handle already attached.

coral ring bearer pillow with flower by Laura Stark

5. Does the ring pillow have to match the style and theme of my wedding?

Whenever we get a question about whether something has to be done in a wedding, the answer is always no. It’s your wedding – everything should be exactly the way you want it to be. So, technically, no, your ring pillow doesn’t HAVE to match the style and theme of your wedding. A thematic ring pillow may add a more cohesive look to your overall ceremony, but the most important thing is that the ring pillow (or alternative) represents you. That’s all that really matters!

lace ring bearer pillow by Laura Stark

7. Do the actual wedding rings get tied to the ring pillow?

Typically decoy rings are used on a ring pillow in the event the rings fall off the pillow. This is especially important if you’re planning a beach wedding or wedding in the woods, since finding the rings may take a small miracle in the tiny amount of time allotted. I’ve seen real rings used, too, and I’ve also seen no rings placed on the pillow at all. The pillow is more of a symbolic gesture; the actual wedding rings are usually given to the best man to hold.

8. I want to incorporate an heirloom into my ring pillow. Any ideas how to do this?

If you’re ordering a custom ring pillow, ask the designer if he or she can incorporate a piece of fabric from your grandmother’s dress, a vintage handkerchief, or lace trim from your mother’s veil. These heirlooms are just a few examples of tying in ‘something old’ with ‘something new’ to create a very unique keepsake item.

mustard ring pillow by Laura Stark

9. I love ring pillows, but I’m also interested in some unique alternatives. Have any ideas?

There are plenty of ideas for ring pillow alternatives! Some examples include a ring box, ring nest, a book with the rings tied around it, a ring bowl, a seashell (with rings attached by a ribbon), or, if you’re having the best man hold the rings, he can walk with another child and carry a banner, garland, or a sign that reads, “Here Comes the Bride”. You can find all of these (+ more!) here.

To find out more about the ring pillow examples featured – and to see more – visit Laura Stark. Aside from the ring pillow, Laura also sells beautiful jewelry, sashes, and more. Laura Stark is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace.

Happy Planning!


Have a question about the ring pillow not answered above? Have a comment you’d like to share? Tell us in the ‘comments’ area below!

5 Vintage Ring Pillows to Cherish

Hi, loves! Happy Friday! If you’re a vintage-loving bride, this post is for you! We are pleased to welcome the lovely Laura of Gathered as one of our newest Featured Artisans. Laura’s handmade shop is packed full of vintage charm. She is an expert in bridal bouquet wraps and ring pillows, which we’ll be sharing with you today. These vintage ring pillow are incredible and unlike any we’ve seen… find out why you’ll want to grab one – and soon! – after the jump!

vintage ring pillows

Vintage Ring Pillows

We love when an artisan puts her whole heart into her art. Laura says, “As a soon-to-be bride myself, I realized that there are MANY wedding elements out there in the world, but not many that are truly beautiful. My pieces are made using heirloom quality materials gleaned from my own vintage collection. These pieces, which have already stood the test of time, are now being given a beautiful new purpose and life.” Since each of her ring pillows use heirloom quality vintage handkerchiefs, no two pillows (or patterns!) are the same. And, if you have a vintage handkerchief, button, or piece of your grandmother’s gown already in mind, Laura can incorporate it into your pillow for that extra special touch. To share some of our favorites, we’ve hand-picked five vintage ring pillows below. Which one do you admire most?

1. Blue Floral

vintage ring pillows

2. Aqua Floral with Green + Blue

vintage ring pillows

3. Something Blue + Wrapped in Lace

vintage ring pillows

4. Lacy Grey

vintage ring pillows

5. Floral Red

vintage ring pillows

If you love one of these styles, you better order it now! Due to each unique style, these vintage ring pillows are extremely limited. Visit Gathered to order yours, find out more, or see additional items to love from Laura’s shop.

Happy Planning!


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Beach Wedding Ring Pillow

Good morning! Happy Tuesday to you. :) Whether you’re planning a romantic wedding on the beach or you’re searching for a splash of vintage flair for your home, you’ll love this beach wedding ring pillow. This ring “pillow” features old books covered in moss to appear as though it was recovered from a shipwreck. Rings can be secured atop the books with twine, attached. Pink rosettes finish this piece perfectly and the entire pillow can be used as decor in your love nest after the wedding.

beach wedding ring pillow
wedding pillow with books
beach wedding ring pillow

beach wedding ring pillow // item + images by bwatson28

Happy Planning! Grab a cup of coffee + join us back here soon for more fun finds all day long. Speaking of coffee, I just bouquet a brand new bag of ‘Mahoghany’ by Caribou Coffee. It. is. amazing. Just sharin’.

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