There are no set rules about Page boys – it is up to you. Whether you have them or not, how many and how old they are, it is really your and your groom’s personal preference. Usually Page boys are under the age of ten, but not really above sixteen years old as that is treading on the toes of the ushers. However if you have someone you are desperate to include who is that difficult age there is no reason why you cannot include but just don’t give him an official name, page boy nor usher. Who you choose is really up to you whether it is your god son, nephew, cousin, son or close friend son, it depends on what suits you.
Some factors that are good to consider though are:
- Would they be happy and willing to be a page boy?
- Would their parents be happy and willing for them to be page boys?
- Are they likely to behave themselves and stay quiet at all the right moments?
The role of the Page boys is really quite minimal. Traditionally they carry the train of the bride and bring the rings up the aisle. However, once more, it is up to you what you use them for.
- If you worry that your Page boy might suffer from anxiety on the big day and may not be able to take the pressure, you could pair him up with another page boy or pair him with a flower girl. There is nothing like young love!
- Let your Page boys meet the Best Man and Ushers before the big day so they are not strangers. It will also make it easier for the ushers to manage the Page boys as well as all the guests.
- Let the Page Boys sit with their parents in the ceremony when they are not needed. This will mean that if they are shy, they will become less anxious, and if they are naughty, their parents will keep them in their firm place!