Traditionally, the ring bearer carries the couple's wedding bands down the aisle, and the rings are usually secured to a small pillow with ribbon (though, sometimes couples opt for faux rings, in case any mishap should occur!). But if you're looking for a unique idea that perhaps better complements your wedding style and aesthetic, then keep reading because we rounded up eight of our favorite cute and clever ring pillow alternatives.
Olive Wreath (above): A small wreath fashioned from olive branches is an elegant-yet-rustic idea.
Photo: [Samantha Melanson Photography](http://www.samanthamelanson.com/)
Shell Ring Holder: This silver-plated keepsake from BHLDN is the perfect for a wedding ceremony by the sea.
Photo: [Anna Kuperberg](http://www.kuperberg.com//)
Stack of Books: If you and your grooms are literary types, stack your favorite tomes and tie the rings with color-coordinating ribbon.
Compass: A vintage compass is an apt choice for a couple that loves to travel.
Photo: [Julianna Collett Photography](http://juliannacollettphotography.com/)
Embroidery Hoop: DIY brides, check this out: Turn a simple embroidery hoop (with your own stitched details) into a crafty ring holder.
Photo: [Brooke Courtney Photography](http://www.brookecourtney.com/)
Bird's Nest: A tiny little nest containing your wedding bands would nicely complement an alfresco ceremony.
Photo: via [IGN](http://www.ign.com/blogs/amani2/2011/11/30/my-boyfriend-proposed-to-me-by-hacking-zelda)
Lego Heart: A quirky little ring carrier fashioned from bright-red Legos is perfect for a couple of kids at heart.
Photo: [Eric Kelley Photography](http://www.erickelleyphotography.com/)
Horseshoe: A flower-adorned horseshoe is just the ticket for a rustic, farm- or barnyard-themed celebration.