Why Choosing a Handmade Wedding Ring is Good for the World?
We’ve all been there. It’s time to buy something new for the house or for yourself, whether it’s plates, a new sofa or a pair of beautiful shoes. These days we might pull out our digital device and begin a search of our favourite online stores. But how can you settle on which shoes to buy when there is just so much available? How can you differentiate between the high quality products and the products which won’t last (which, let’s face it, may well have been produced in the same factory)? And - this is the really big question - do we really need to buy more stuff in the first place?
Why is Sustainable Living Important?
Here at Eco Wood Rings we are all about sustainability and preserving our cherished planet. Although sustainable living cannot be achieved overnight, we hope to inspire you to make small daily changes that go far in terms of halting climate change and environmental destruction. A healthy planet may seem an insurmountable goal, but don’t fear, if we work towards change collectively, we can conserve nature’s infinite beauty and future generations can enjoy tranquil woodland walks for centuries to come!
Ethical Wedding Bands
What are your favourite wedding traditions? Everyone has them, whether it’s wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue, or the champagne toasts to the newlyweds. Here at Eco Wood Rings, our favourite wedding traditions are the meaningful ones, wherever in the world they originate. In the Philippines, after the wedding ceremony, the happy couple release two white doves, a symbol of their joyous life to come. Welsh grooms traditionally carved lovespoons for their brides, decorated with the keys to their hearts. In Mexico, the couple don a “lazo” over their shoulders, shaped like an eight for infinity. What could be more special than these traditions which show a couple’s love?
How to propose without knowing your partner's ring size
It’s an age-old tradition which has had heads scratching for generations – how to choose an engagement ring without knowing your partner’s ring size! You want the proposal to be a surprise, but how do you do that without giving the game away? It’s something we’re often asked about here at eco wood rings. Why does something, that we hope will be a once-in-a -lifetime experience, have to be so complicated and risky?! Talk about adding pressure to what can already be a nerve-wracking occasion for some!
Proposing during Lockdown
Romeo and Juliet may have had to contend with feuding families, but I wonder what they would have made of the current pandemic and the impact on our day-to-day lives that comes with it? With elopement temporarily off the cards… would they have been more or less resilient than couples that are in love these days? Would they be proposing during lockdown?! Read more ... Ring Photo - Rosewood rings with inlays of lemon seed, sand & red glass. Image Credit: @cristinarossiphotography
eco wood rings - A very sweet proposal indeed
A very sweet proposal indeed... One of the trickiest aspects of choosing an engagement ring is knowing what size the ring should be, without giving the game away. That, coupled with a desire to end up with the perfect materials and design for one's intended, leads some of our customers to propose in wonderfully creative ways, using some very novel 'place holder' rings before coming to us to work on the 'forever' ring together.
A Moment Captured – Charles & Gabby’s First Dance
If you’ve been following us for some time then you probably already know how much we LOVE it in when couples come to us with simple yet ground breaking ideas for their wood rings. Most of the many photos in our gallery are the product of our customers’ imaginations, working with us to realise their ideas into engagement and wedding rings that are truly unique to them. We’ve always said that imagination is the only limit with our ring designs, with almost every material out there being suitable for inlaying inside them. Well, it seems that Gabby and Charles had no shortage of that when they asked us whether we could help encapsulate the song they had chosen for their first dance – You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne – into a one-of-a-kind wood ring for Charles.
Romance, Gin and a Monocled Cat
Iain and Henry have so much in common: a love of Harry Potter, the National Trust, nature and animals – and yet it was through technology and the kindness of a friend that they actually met. When a friend set up a dating app on Iain’s phone one night, the party they were at just happened to be in Henry’s neighbourhood – otherwise, Henry’s profile would never have come up. The two connected, started chatting, and eventually met on a first date at the Bletchingley Arms in Surrey. Read more . . .
Victoria & Mark's Ring Story
A selection of inspirational stories narrated through testimonials by our customers. We are continually bowled over by the beautiful stories our customers tell us about the inspiration behind their ring designs, their lovely proposals stories and the details of their wonderful wedding celebrations. Rather than keep all that love and creativity to ourselves we wanted to share them on the blog so you and other couples can take inspiration too.
Make Your Wedding As Unique As You
The wonderful thing about planning your wedding day is how you get to tell your own unique story. From the rings you choose to the music you play, every little detail can hold a special meaning and reflect what you hold dear to your heart. For many of the couples we speak to, this includes a deep love of nature, and a wish to express this through making conscious, sustainable choices. If you’re wondering just how to bring sustainability into your own wedding, here are a few visual ideas to inspire you. Read more ...
Beer Cask Wood Ring
Helping couples capture memories that they can wear for a lifetime is what we do best at Ecowoodrings and every project is an absolute pleasure. For his wedding ring Matt chose a titanium band of his own design and describes why it meant so much to him. Read more . . . “I chose a piece of beer cask wood from Hook Norton Brewery for my inlay. I wanted to use something that meant something to me personally, as well as showing a bit of my own personality and interests through it. My mother's Grandad used to work at the Hook Norton Brewery (there is even a picture of him on one of their recent promotional beer mats).
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An Alpine Love Story...
Sometimes a proposal is a beautiful spur of the moment thing. The perfect setting, the perfect partner, the stars align, everything is in place except the little matter of the engagement ring. What can you do? This was the dilemma one of our lovely customers recently found himself in whilst on holiday with his then girlfriend in the Alps. He decided to spontaneously propose whilst out on a walk in the hills with nothing to hand but the flowers of the field. Well there was nothing else for it, this enchanted and creative groom-to-be fashioned a near perfect engagement ring from an Alpine Bluebell. Read more . . .