Offbeat Brides have come up with insanely creative alternative methods to hold their rings — way beyond just a little satin pillow. Of course, there is absolutely NO NEED for a ring pillow of any kind, but if you want to use one, here are some great alternatives.
The bride explains about this creative alternative, “Our ring cushion was a donkey souvenir I bought in Santorini where Nico proposed. He had our rings tied onto his saddle bags and was carried by our ring bearer.”
To go along with their DIY LEGO card box, Offbeat Bride Tribe member intlulu's fabulous FH made this (actual) LEGO ring box. The lego design on the top of the box is actually a little bow and the heart detail inside, plus the way the rings are secured just KILLS me.
So, who says your pillow alternative can't be, well… a pillow! I love this knitted version from geetargeek. Awww.
Check out the living ring pillow! Becca turned her pug into both the ring bearer AND the ring pillow via his nifty turquoise tux.
These puzzle ring holders come from Danielle & Dave's geeky, puzzle-laden, Brooklyn wedding and were made by a Scott Lefton. Inside each ring holder is a labyrinth. Each hook must traverse the labyrinth independently, and when the puzzle is solved, the hooks move inward and the ring can be removed!
If you're doing a ring warming, I like this idea from Michelle and Jacob's wedding — tie your wedding rings to a tree instead of passing them around on a pillow.
From trees to nests, like this one from Brooke and Matt's wedding.
Of course there's always the “ring book.” See the tutorial here.
Wendy and James opted for this ceramic ring plate purchased on Etsy.
Ring bears are a thing, and I absolutely LOVE that. This one from Jess & James' whimsical, vintage-inspired, DIY feathery lovesplosion acted as the ring pillow alternative (with the rings tied to the strings) AND stood in as a groomsman replacement.
Nina and Sean didn't need a ring pillow because Sean's ring fit wonderfully in a little pocket fold of Nina's dress!
Aaron and I had a ring turtle! My mom bought me this cute little magnetic turtle jewelry holder thing-a-majig, so I used it to hold our rings until our wedding day and then realized, hey, this could be our ring pillow alternative!
I know there are even more clever and awesome ring pillow alternatives out there, so leave your ideas in the comments and upload your photos to the Offbeat Bride Flickr pool.