What could be more personal, special and romantic than spending one or two days working with a jewellery designer to create your own unique wedding rings?
I have been making wedding and engagement rings for others for over 20 years, in the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster in East Dorset.
I’m now excited to offer the chance for you and your partner to make your own unique wedding rings, with no experience required!
I will guide you through every step of the process in my jewellery studio based at Walford Mill Crafts, which you have exclusive use of for the day.
You can attend the session as a couple where one or both of you can make your wedding rings. Or, if you wish, the bride or groom-to-be can bring a friend or family member to help.
You will leave having made unique, one-off wedding rings to cherish forever.
What is involved in making your own wedding ring?
The sessions are just for you, and are very ‘hands-on’! You just need a reasonable level of dexterity, and some ideas about what you’d like to create. I supply all the tools and show you how to stay safe while in the workshop.
We first discuss your ideas together and I help you design your rings.
You can usually make simple light to medium-weight bands in one day, while something a little more detailed or unusual, or something that includes a stone setting, may take longer. I’m always happy to discuss your ideas in advance so you know how long they may take to create.
You can make your rings out of 9ct or 18ct yellow or white gold, or from sterling silver. Materials are extra to the cost of the day(s) and precious metal prices start at a minimum of £200 per ring. I can advise of approximate metal prices when you book, but because prices fluctuate, the final price will depend on current prices when you make your rings.
I can take photos during the day, which I’ll upload to Facebook for you to share with your friends, or you can ask for them digitally. You are also welcome to take your own!
After you have made your rings, I will complete any fine finishing before sending them to be hallmarked on the inside, and if required, engraved inside with your personal message.
How long will it take?
The day would start at 10am and finish by 4pm.
It is best to book your day with me at least two months before your wedding day. This allows time for any finishing, resizing, hallmarking, engraving and postage, to make sure you are completely happy with your rings prior to your big day.
Please contact me to find out more and book your special day together.
Make a special event out of making your rings
Planning a wedding can be really hard work! Why not combine making your rings with a romantic retreat or mini-break before the busy build up to your wedding day?
The stunningly beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster boasts great restaurants along with wonderful home and fashion shopping in a mix of independent and popular retail shops. There’s also a local theatre and cinema, and plenty of attractions to visit, such as the Minster, Priests House Museum or you could even take a romantic row down the river with DreamBoats. Visit www.wimborneminster.net for more ideas to make your visit one to remember.
Wimborne Minster also boasts a fabulous collection of wedding specialists, including a variety of wedding venues, award-winning photographers and florists, a bridal wear shop, a men’s suit shop, jewellers, boutiques for the mother of the bride’s outfit, hair and make-up salons. Other local businesses offer invitation printing, stationery, gifts and balloons, and more.
Walford Mill Crafts, the location for my workshop and jewellery making days, is a nationally recognised Arts Council-funded craft centre, featuring a wonderful collection of functional and collectable items made by British craftspeople. The Mill offers a wedding list service – why not look for pieces to enjoy in your new life together?
Make your own wedding ring packages
A one day (10am – 4pm) ‘make your own wedding ring’ package costs £295 plus materials, which start at £200 per ring and will depend on market prices for your choice of precious metal and any stones you include.
The day package includes pre-visit consultation to discuss your ideas, drinks (a glass of fizz and lots of tea or coffee during the day), biscuits, lunch at the Millstream Café, free parking at Walford Mill Crafts, plus entry to the Walford Mill gallery for inspiration.
The price also includes hallmarking your rings and registered postage to one address to return the rings to you. You can also have your rings engraved with a personal message for a small additional fee.
Why not take advantage of the opportunity and stay in Wimborne Minster over night?
Number 9, an AA Rosette award restaurant with rooms in Wimborne Minster town centre, is offering a special 20% discount off your total bill. Find out more. On booking I will give you a code to quote when phoning Number 9 to ensure you get your discount.
Alternative accommodation nearby includes:
- The Log Cabin, an idyllic country retreat that overlooks the nearby countryside. Read more
- King’s Head Hotel, The Square
Gift certificates for the ‘make your own rings’ or hen party packages are also available for friends and family to give to the happy couple as a pre-wedding gift. The same prices apply.
Hen Party package – if your husband-to-be won’t join you, why not ask a few friends along to have fun and enjoy making some simple silver jewellery for a day? Prices start from £40 each plus materials for a minimum of 6 people and maximum of 12 per booking. (Excludes lunch)
- All costs exclude the price of metals and other materials. Please ask for estimate on booking.
- Packages are available January – September.
How to book or for more information
Please call me on 01202 841400 (Walford Mill Crafts) and I will call you back or email me here.