Made with Love - Modern Wedding
16 Jul 2010
Until recently, personalised vows, modified monograms and 'his' and 'hers' towels were the extent of customisable married life. Now however, times are a-changing and the circus of wedding ceremonies has a whole new ring! If vows that merely slip in your fiance's name seem to lack heartfelt intimacy, consider a customised ring that you and your fiance could not only design together, but physically make for each other. Trust me, if Romeo could have, he would have!
Larsen Wedding Rings, as the only interactive wedding company in Australia (with jewellery shops in Sydney and Melbourne), offers a unique experience that gives couples the opportunity to extend the romantic raison d'etre of the ring into the pre-wedding process. Designing and making a ring for your partner as a truly everlasting token of love and commitment is possibly the most romantic gesture one can make. By replacing a generic piece of jewellery with a personal handcrafted wedding ring, Larsen Wedding Rings re-defines romance. Susie Larsen explains why she has such a passion for the experience of self-made wedding rings: 'Couples love the idea of wearing a ring made by their loved one. It makes the rings so much more special and meaningful as they have not only created each other's rings, but a memory that will last a lifetime."
The Personalised Process
While making a wedding ring from scratch may conjure up images of a blacksmith heating metal over a cauldron while his horse waits for new shoes in the stable, the experience at Larsen Wedding Rings could not be further removed. The Larsen experience, which is surprisingly easy, can be completed in one visit to their stylish setting (not a stable in sight), and your efforts are celebrated at the end with a toast of champagne. The process begins with an initial consultation with one of the jewellers to discuss exactly the ring design you have in mind; this ensures that you will get exactly what you want. Once you are happy with your design you move to the workbench which is where the real magic happens! The ring making process involves four main phases: melting, milling, soldering and the finishing touches of filing, buffing and polishing. For the duration of the ring making process, which only takes about four hours, an expert jeweller will be by your side, offering guidance and ensuring that your rings turn out perfectly. You will need no prior knowledge or experience in the art of ring making or design, rather an open mind and a loving fiance.
To make the process even more special, couples can add meaningful finishing touches to their wedding rings. Variations to a standard ring are as endless as imagination allows. Rings can be classically simplistic bands or intricately designed pieces. By making the rings with the aid of the jeweller, couples are able to have them matched perfectly with the engagement ring. If you choose to add romantic adornments such as diamonds and precious stones, a combination of different metals (yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum are available), engraved sweet-nothings or even heirloom jewellery, an experienced jeweller can add these finishing touches to make your rings even more meaningful.
Tried and True
To give your handmade wedding rings the attention they deserve, incorporate them completely with the wedding ceremony itself. Stephen and Megan, who made their rings with Larsen Wedding Rings, only have praise for the experience. 'It was very special to exchange the rings we made for each other on our wedding day, we even mentioned the fact that we personally made these rings for each other in our vows'.
About Larsen Wedding Rings
Larsen Wedding Rings opened their historic Sydney store in the Strand Arcade in 2007 and opened a second shop in Melbourne in 2010. If you're a hopeful out of towner, you'll be pleased to hear that plans are underway for stores to open in Brisbane and other capital cities in the near future.
Click here for more information about wedding rings in Melbourne and Sydney.