Barn Owl to be Ring Bearer

Three year old Casber has been given the part of ‘ring bearer’ at the wedding of Jenni and Stuart on 20th January.

Nothing unusual about a three year old being a ring bearer, that’s true, but it certainly is when it’s a Barn Owl! Casber has been undergoing training by his handler Katie Townend to swoop down and hand over the ring to the best man.  The wedding is to take place at the Ruthin Register Office with the celebrations being held at Faenol Fawr at Bodelwyddan. The three year old bird belongs to Islwyn Jones of Denbighshire and who happens to be the father of the bride Jenni.

Mr Islwny Jones, of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, near Ruthin, has been dubbed the bird man of north Wales. He said: "Casber is highly trained. He will not lose the rings. He knows what to do” "He will fly the rings in to the happy couple to complete their special day."  Handler Katie Townend will be in charge of flying Casber at the wedding on 20 January while proud Islwyn will give his daughter away.

Bride-to-be Jenni, who is a learning support assistant at Brynhyfryd School in Ruthin, said "Casber will bring the rings in for the best man. It will be lovely. I can't wait, it will be unique” Jenni went on to say that she had every confidence in her father and his birds and knew nothing go wrong.  “It will be lovely to see and very interesting, and there is no chance of him disappearing with the rings as I have watched him train – it’s going to be brilliant” she added.

Birds Helped after Serious Car Accident

Casber is one of many birds of prey owned by Mr Jones and they have all helped him turn his life around by gaining new confidence after he suffered serious injuries in a car crash.

He has been breeding and collected various special of birds of prey and organises falconry experience days on his farm.

Islwyn Jones said “It was only right that Casber should be at his daughter’s wedding and taking part in the marriage service”.

Wedding Packages Offer Owls to Deliver your Wedding Rings

Having Owls at weddings to fly down the aisle and deliver the wedding rings to the gloves hand of the groom or best man is now being offered by wedding suppliers, with the bird’s handler being dressed in kilts if you wish!  If the groom is somewhat skittish about having a bird of prey flying into his hand, the offer of a supervising falconer is also there to take the rings from the owl and pass them over.

Some packages provide guards of honours to stand at the church door and greet your guests with and owl or a pair of hawks as well as offering flying displays to keep your guest entertained.

Harry Potter fans could well be thrilled by this new strain of ‘ring bearers’ and no doubt the supply of white barn owls will be great this year!