Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to email@example.com
A new lease of life
Q. Tell us how to plan a wedding sustainably.
A. Rachael Whitwam says: A simple way to make a step towards a more sustainable choice is to look for retailers that use minimal and/or recycled packaging. In addition, instead of buying new wedding rings, look for vintage or family pieces. We offer a service to remake items that couples already have. We can reuse the metal and stones from most pieces of jewellery. This is a lovely option as not only is it sustainable, it allows you to bring new life to a piece that's already been loved and worn by a treasured family member, while tailoring it to suit your own style and taste.
Rachael Whitwam, O’Hares Jewellers
A lifelong commitment
Q. We both have jobs where we work with our hands and are a bit worried about our wedding rings standing the test of time. What would you recommend?
A. Rachael Whitwam says: There are two points to consider when choosing wedding bands, the metal itself and the thickness of it. With 18ct and 9ct white gold, the bands are rhodium plated to give them their high shine finish and this is something that needs to be maintained. So, if you're in a job where you're using your hands a lot or using alcohol sanitizer gels, then I'd suggest staying away from this material. It's worth considering a brushed finish to the outside of your band to make any scratches less noticeable, this is especially popular with gents' bands as they're usually wider.
If your budget allows, then platinum is an excellent metal for a wedding band, as it's hard wearing, dense and naturally white. It also polishes beautifully if scratched. However, if you'd prefer a yellow gold or rose gold, these are still perfect for a wedding band, but I'd recommend considering at least a medium-weight band.
Remember, it's one of the few items you'll ever buy in life that you'll use and wear every day, so really consider the ring and your budget carefully before buying.
Rachael Whitwam, O'Hares Jewellers
Q. Sustainability is important to us. How is it possible to carry this through to our wedding rings?
A. Rachel Whitwam says: As specialists in handmade jewellery, we actively encourage remaking existing jewellery into new wedding rings. This is doubly beneficial as it not only repurposes jewellery that you already own, thus reducing the need for mining, it also incorporates family pieces to make your wedding bands unique and full of meaning. They become a truly symbolic heirloom, there to be enjoyed and handed down through the generations. If this isn't an option, then it's possible to use recycled gold along with recycled stones to craft your bespoke rings.
Rachel Whitwam, O'Hares Jewellers