There are no set rules about page boys. Whether you have them or not, how many and how old they are, it is really your and your groom’s personal preference. But if you want some basic guidance about page boys, here are a few suggestions!
What is a Page Boy?
Page boys are usually between the ages of 3 and 10 and are often a close relation of either the bride or groom. Although, who you choose is really up to you as it could be a nephew, cousin, godson or son of a close friend. It depends on what suits you.
The role of a page boy a lovely way to include any important children in your life on your wedding day without giving them too much responsibility. They’ll also look adorable in your wedding photos!
It’s up to you what the page boy wears. It might be a good idea to consider how old they are first. For example, if they are very little, it might be nice to dress them in something cute but comfy, like Prince George-inspired shorts and a shirt! If you think they’re old enough, then you could dress them in an adorable mini-version of the suit worn by the groomsmen or a waistcoat and shorts.
What Does a Page Boy Do?
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. Nowadays, it is more common for them to simply walk down the aisle with the flower girl or ahead of the bridesmaids.
Traditionally, a page boy is different to a ring bearer. The ring bearer carries the ring pillow and presents the wedding rings to the couple. If you are not having a separate ring bearer, then you could combine this with the pageboy duties or you could choose for them to walk down with a cute sign! This will depend on the page boy’s age and character so do what you believe is most appropriate. For example, he may love getting ready with the groom and groomsmen so you could get some lovely photos of everyone getting ready together. Or, if your page boy is very young, it may easier for your page boy to get ready with his parents and then arrive nearer the time of the ceremony. If you’re unsure how much responsibility and independence to give your page boy, ask his parents!
Here are some other tips and tricks to consider so you and your pageboy enjoy your big day!
- Really consider your choice. Even if they are your favourite godson/nephew etc, they might not be the best page boy. Consider if they or their parents would be happy and willing for them to be page boys and how likely they are to behave themselves! It is also to remember that the younger they are, the more likely they are to struggle with the task.
- If you are worried your page boy might be anxious on the big day, pair him up with another page boy or a flower girl so he has a friend to share the experience with.
- Let your page boys meet the groomsmen before the wedding so they are not strangers. This will make the experience less scary for both sides!
- Have your page boy sit with their parents during the ceremony when they are not needed. This means they will be less anxious, fidgety or naughty with their parents there to keep an eye on them!
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