After you've squared away looks for the groomsmen and bridesmaids, the next step on your list should be to finalize outfits for the tiniest members of your wedding party. And if you choose to have a ring bearer at your ceremony, you'll need to find an ensemble that's cozy and long-lasting, especially for winter weddings.
With cooler temperatures come more layers, and toddlers are less inclined to cooperate with what they're wearing if they're uncomfortable and irritated. Luckily, there are plenty of comfortable ring bearer outfits available today, so you can rest easy knowing that you tried your best to avoid any clothing-induced temper tantrums. From five-piece suits to sweater blazer combinations, you’ll be able to find the perfect outfit that will have your tiny member looking great and feeling even better.
To help you with your search, we’ve put together a selection of suits and jackets that your ring bearer will love to sport on the big day. Scroll on to see our favorite options below.
For a Black Tie Wedding
Moustache Peak Lapel Tuxedo
Size Range: 12M-14Y | Color: Black | Material: Viscose, polyester
If you’re hosting a black-tie wedding, your groomsmen will likely be dressed in a tuxedo, so you’ll also want your ring bearer to match. This five-piece set comes with a classic white dress shirt, a black peak lapel blazer, a black vest, formal straight trousers, and a black bow tie.
Cat & Jack Navy Suit Set
Size Range: 12M-5T | Color: Navy | Material: Polyester, rayon
Kids are constantly growing, so if you don’t want to invest in a costly suit for the little one, this Target set is a great option. The navy color will look sleek at a winter wedding, and the set comes with a two-button suit coat and matching pants.
Andy & Evan Two-Piece Suit With Stretch
Size Range: 2T-14 Big Kid | Color: Black | Material: Polyester, rayon, spandex
As mentioned, comfort is key when it comes to toddlers and occasionwear. This two-piece suit has plenty of stretch for running around on the dance floor, and is a perfect choice for an active ring bearer.
Best Sleeveless Waistcoat
River Island Mini Boys Grey Tailored Checked Outfit
Size Range: 6/9M-4/5Y | Color: Grey | Material: Cotton, polyester
Consider this checkered three-piece outfit for a statement-making ensemble. Pair with a black jacket and black dress shoes to complete the look.
Best Blue Option
Little Tuxedos Standford Kids Ink Blue Suit
Size Range: 6M-20 Boys | Color: Ink blue | Material: Polyester
If the groomsmen plan to sport blue suits, dress up your ring bearer in this ink blue option to match. This five-piece suit includes a jacket, pants, a shirt, a vest, and a necktie.
Appaman Mod Suit Seaport Velvet
Size Range: 2T-16 | Color: 5+ options | Material: Velvet
Outfitting your ring bearer in this super chic velvet suit will undoubtedly get plenty of “awws.” Add a white button-down shirt and a pair of black shoes to finish off the look.
Andrew Marc Kids Navy Plaid Suit
Size Range: 8-20 | Color: Blue plaid | Material: Polyester, rayon, spandex
Nothing says winter occasionwear like a plaid suit. This option takes a subtle approach, though, with a toned-down navy plaid print, paired with a suit jacket and matching pants.
For a Winter White Wedding
Lubukidz Boys Wedding Suit
Size Range: 9/12M -14 | Color: 20+ options | Material: Baumwolle, Leinen, Knöpfe
For a winter white wedding, look no further than this light grey suit for your ring bearer. It’s a sleek option that will set him apart from the older men in the wedding party.
For the Reception
Lingua Franca Ring Bearer Kids Crewneck
Size Range: 2T-10/12 | Color: Navy blue | Material: Cashmere
If your ring bearer is itching to get out of their suit or blazer, have them slip into this cozy sweater for the reception. It also makes for a great "thank you gift" pre-wedding.
Best for Warmth
Janie and Jack Boy Wool Suit Blazer
Size Range: NB-12 | Color: Navy blue | Material: Wool
Winter weddings are certainly a time to break out the warmest occasionwear options for kids. Thus, look to this wool suit blazer from Janie and Jack for a piece that is equal parts warm and stylish.
Appaman Charcoal Houndstooth Mod Suit
Size Range: 2T-16 | Color: 21+ options | Material: Polyester, rayon
If your ring bearer is hoping to make a fashion statement, this Appaman suit will certainly do the trick. It comes in over 21 different shades, but we are partial to this charcoal houndstooth hue for winter celebrations.
Opposuits Little Boys Three-Piece Pearly Tuxedo Set
Size Range: 4-6 | Color: Off-white and black | Material: Polyester
For a black or white tie wedding, your ring bearer will look incredibly dapper in this three-piece tuxedo set. The off-white jacket is paired with black pants and a bowtie for the cutest, but grown-up, ring bearer ensemble.
For a Casual Wedding
Nautica Little Boys Four-Piece Twill Vest Set
Size Range: 4-7 | Color: Navy blue | Material: Cotton, polyester
This comfort-focused, four-piece vest set is the way to go for a more casual winter wedding. The best part? Your toddler can also continue to wear it throughout winter.
Brooks Brothers Boys Junior One-Button Tuxedo Jacket
Size Range: 4-12 | Color: Black| Material: Marino wool
For those who are okay with spending a little more on their ring bearer outfits, don't miss out on this sleek tuxedo jacket by Brooks Brothers. Your tiny wedding party member will look undoubtedly dapper while wearing this on the big day.
What to Look for When Shopping for a Winter Ring Bearer Suit
When searching for a ring bearer outfit, you'll want to ensure that the little ones will always feel comfortable in their looks. Additionally, finding a great quality suit that won't break the bank is important, as toddlers are constantly growing and they'll likely only fit into their outfits for a year post-nuptials.
For winter weddings, in particular, warmth is a major factor when it comes to an overall ensemble. Wool blazers and three- to four-piece suits are great options because they allow for layering, which in turn means more warmth during the ceremony.
Who pays for the ring bearer's outfit?
There are no rules about who buys the ring bearer's outfit, but a couple often purchases this look as a gift to the parents. However, if the parents have been tasked to cover this expense, the cost of the ensemble should always be top of mind. You can find a perfectly great two-piece suit for under $50, but if the parents choose to spend more, you can leave that decision up to them.
Does the ring bearer have to wear a suit at a winter wedding?
Ring bearers aren't required to wear a suit at a winter wedding, but if you're having a formal celebration, you may choose this style in order to match the groomsmen. Plus, a suit is a great way to keep the little one warm if the temperatures are low.
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Contributing writer Melony Forcier is a recent graduate starting her career path in beauty and fashion journalism. Before graduating, she interned with both Boston Magazine and Foundation PR. Additionally, she served as a fashion editor for Boston University's lifestyle magazine, The Buzz.