the key to romance

Who said romance is dead? I recently read an article from the Daily Mail about a growing romantic tradition where couples seal their never-ending love by attaching an engraved lock to a bridge and then throwing the keys into the river below. The trend began on Rome’s Milvio Bridge over the river Tiber, after the publication of novel Ho Voglia De Te (I Want You), by Federico Moccia, in 2007. The main characters proclaim their devotion to one another by attaching a padlock to the bridge and then dropping the keys into the water. This craze has since spread all over Europe, with couples choosing hot love spots to celebrate their affections. Being a hopeless romantic myself, this article pulled on my heartstrings.

While I’m not travelling to an overtly romantic city anytime soon (although trying to persuade the fella to go via Paris on our French road trip in October!), it got me thinking about other ways we could give our partner the key to our hearts… A personalised key ring would make a lovely gift. This “Key To” Key Ring by Multiply Design has a selection of designs to choose from. There’s also a “Love You…” Heart Key Ring by Kutuu, which can be engraved with your desired name and there are five charms that can be included too, from initials to a heart shape. Or, if you’d prefer something more masculine, a sterling silver Personalised Key Ring from Posh Totty Designs Boutique is a great option. Add your heartfelt message to the large hoop, with up to 18 characters per side.

Why not incorporate the romance of the key and lock story into your wedding day too? There are some lovely ways you could make your guests swoon. As an alternative to a guest book why not have a wishing tree? Opt for a small tree or branches displayed collectively in a charming pot and decorate with these Wishing Tree Tags With Key. Guests can then write on the back of each tag to share their special wedding wishes.

At each table setting you could have one of these Personalised Key Papercut Arts with the first initial for each loved one as a favour token. Then compliment the decorations with 100% cotton Key Napkins that are sure to make for an extra stylish touch. And as a thank you gift for your wonderful bridesmaids, this delicate Pearl Friendship Bracelet with a key charm is a gorgeous option. With the romance of Europe behind you, there’s little doubt this unique theme will unlock the rest of your lives together – happily ever after!

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