What I wanted to bring to the ceremony though, was some formality and some drama. It is the one part of the day which is, and should be, really serious. It's a massive commitment and giving the wedding ceremony itself some extra touches was a really nice way to celebrate the formality in promisng ourselves to each other.
I know it sounds a little silly, but the ring box was one of the things which did this for me. I can't imagine another occasion when you'd ever use one. I store jewellery in cake towers, on an upcycled baking tray and more in our bedroom. But having a special place to keep our wedding rings, even if we only used it just for that day was perfect.
Like many other things (too many to think about or my head hurts) I had a small wooden box in the loft, which I was conveniced I'd use some day. I think it came from a car boot sale, yes it's been that long I can't be sure. I'm not proud of my hoarding ways, but when it comes to crafts, unfortunately you really can make something from nothing, so there are many times I've kept what might be considered pointless rubbish. In this case though, it was a little rough and a little beaten up, but I knew a coat of paint would give it a new life, to treasure the most important jewellery we'd ever wear.
You know, I'm actually glad I kept it all those years. My habit may not be cured just yet!
The box was dirty and full of holes, so first up I cleaned it with soapy water and dried it properly before using Polyfilla to smoth out the external surfaces. The inside was less important because I knew I'd use fabric and cover it up, but there were small loose dividers which I removed, you can see slight gaps in the middle of the left and right edges around the fabric in the photo above.
Once the Polyfilla had dried I sanded it thoroughly, touched up few small gaps repeating the process once more and then painted it with our signature colours and gave the inside of the lid a coat of black acrylic so I could fake a blackboard style design on top. The design was simple enough to add on top of that but I used a brush and white acrylic paint to make it a strong contrast, using a chalkmarker just wasn't bright enough.
I let each layer dry properly and once it was finisehd sealed the outside of the box with a matt varnish.
The inside was simple enough, I cut a piece of white felt and folded it over to make a cushion, before covering it with some of the fabric scraps from other wedding projects. After I'd sized it up correctly, I cut four splits in the fabric and threaded through two small ribbons, to tie the rings in place. Using fabric glue, I stuck the fabric pad to the base of the box and left it overnight.
I was really happy with the final result, for a small project it added such a lovely sense of promise, and well, ceremony to the ceremony. :)
So, will you or did you have a ring box, or are they a bit over the top for you?