Wedding ring workshops
You can make your own wedding rings for a truly personal and memorable experience. You will be guided and supported through every stage of making your own rings to guarantee they will look amazing at the end of the day.
You will have private use of my jewellery making workshop at 4 Minster Street. The workshop is right in the city centre, just a couple of doors down from the historic Poultry Cross and overlooking the Market Square. The building has a beautiful historic interior with 17th century wooden panelling and lots of lovely period features. There is a ground floor lobby with stairs leading up to the workshop, consultation space and shop on the first floor.
In the morning you will make a pair of practise rings in sterling silver so you can learn to cut, shape and solder your rings before making the real wedding rings. Your practise silver rings will be made the same size as your wedding rings, so you can keep them as a reserve pair - perfect for holidays, travelling and situations where you want to protect your wedding rings. This gives you a chance to familiarise yourselves will all the tools and processes before making your forever rings.
Then you will put your new skills to work and start making your wedding rings. We'll take an hour break for lunch - there are lots of lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants in town for you to get some food and recharge.
After lunch you will file, sand and polish the rings until you have a perfect professional looking ring. The following day your rings will be sent off to be assayed and hallmarked at the London Assay Office. Your rings will then be presented to you in a lovely ring box, ready for your big day.
You don’t need any previous experience to be able to make your own beautiful wedding rings. All the rings shown on this page were made by couples with no previous experience. A simple plain band can be made in a day by a complete beginner.
A day workshop costs £350 and starts at 10:00am and finishes between 3:00 and 4:00pm, and can be booked on a day to suit you (Saturdays available). If you would like to make something more advanced such as add grooves, make a two-tone ring or stamp a message inside the ring you will need a longer workshop. Longer workshops may only require an additional 1-2 hours (charged at £50 per hour) or for more complicated designs I can also run 2-day workshops. Please get in touch with your ideas.
Please see the Wedding Ring Workshops Gallery for photos of rings made on previous workshops. The description for each image will tell you if the rings were made on a standard workshop or a longer workshop.
Before booking your workshop we will discuss the shape, size and metal of your wedding rings (at my Salisbury studio or by phone/email if you live further away). You can make your rings in 9ct gold or 18ct gold (yellow, white and rose), platinum, palladium or sterling silver. Gold and silver rings can be made up to 10mm wide and platinum rings can be made up to 6mm wide. All gold and silver used is either fully recycled or sourced from a single mine gold mine in Mali with an audited chain of custody to ensure an ethical and responsible provenance. There are a wide range of shapes and finishes to choose from. There's some information on these options here. I will then book your workshop date and order all the materials needed. I take photographs throughout the day to record your experience, which will be emailed to you after the workshop. These can make a really unique addition to your album.
In addition to the workshop cost is the cost of the raw materials for your wedding rings, which varies depending on the metals chosen.
Below are examples of material costs for average sized rings.
The finger size, ring weight and profile shape greatly affect the cost of the ring, as does the metal price which changes daily. These prices were calculated in August 2023.
3mm wide x 1.7mm thick medium weight court ring in a size M.
9ct yellow / rose gold £180
9ct white gold £210
18ct yellow / rose gold £445
18ct white gold £530
5mm wide x 1.9mm thick medium weight court ring in a size S.
9ct yellow / rose gold £380
9ct white gold £420
18ct yellow / rose gold £960
18ct white gold £1050
I advise booking the workshop at least one month before your wedding to allow plenty of time for hallmarking and stress-free collection afterwards. If you require a Saturday workshop you will likely need to book at least 2-3 months in advance.
If you’d like to make your ring even more special, I can arrange additional details to be added after your workshop such as engraving and stone setting.
Please see the Wedding Ring Workshops Gallery for photos of rings made on previous workshops.
BOOKING YOUR WEDDING RING WORKSHOP
If you already know the details of the rings you'd like to make, you can fill out this form for a current materials quote.
If you don't know yet, you can schedule a free consultation below to discuss your wedding ring workshop in person or remotely by zoom / phone call.
If you're not local you can order a free wedding ring sizing kit to be posted to you before your remote call here (please allow a week for it to arrive).
I will then get back to you with a quote for your rings and available dates for your workshop.SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP CONSULTATION
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Some kind words from lovely past couples who've made their wedding rings with me.
"Working with Elinor was such a dream!! So professional - she's thought of absolutely everything. My partner and I weren't sure it would be possible to make such high quality rings, but Elinor's a thorough and patient teacher. She strikes the perfect balance of guiding you through the process without taking over, but can also help to correct any little mistakes you make along the way. You will absolutely love whatever you make with her. Aside from how beautiful our rings turned out, it was such a fun way to spend a day! We also love that she uses recycled metals and has a strong focus on sustainability." Katie & Owen
"We travelled down from Liverpool to Salisbury to attend our wedding ring workshop with Ellie, and it was well worth the effort. We are over the moon with the result, and the only disappointment is that we have to wait a few months before we can wear them! Ellie was very communicative right from the initial enquiry. She sent through additional information almost as soon as we requested it, and talked through the process with us via Zoom ahead of the workshop day itself, which was a great help.
We made our silver practice rings in the morning, and she talked through each step clearly before we attempted it ourselves. Then, in the afternoon when we moved onto our gold rings, she was always on hand to make sure we got the best possible results. We really are delighted with the results, and I'd highly recommend her services to anyone who's considering making their wedding rings a little bit more special." Ollie & Lauren
"Elinor is an absolutely lovely woman who made my partner and I feel so comfortable when making our wedding rings. Her workshop is one of a kind and unique, I would recommend to anyone looking to make their rings that they do it. We toyed with the idea for weeks, but it was so worth it. Nothing was too much effort for Elinor and she made sure (despite how much we messed up 😂) we had professional, shiny and pretty looking rings. I could not recommend Elinor and her workshop enough." Gemma & Callum
"I was nervous about todays wedding ring workshop but Elinor quickly made me feel at ease in a relaxed and friendly environment. Anybody wanting first class service and a friendly knowledgeable jeweller should definitely go and see Elinor. I won't be using anyone else in future for any of our jewellery needs she is simply the best. Thanks again." Rich
You can read more reviews online here.