April 10, 2017

QALO silicone wedding rings review (sponsored)

As I've mentioned several times recently, Jerry and I are going to Vegas in November for a huge From Fat to Finish Line event. The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series is happening the weekend of the 11th, and there are dozens of people from the FFTFL community going. It should be a really good time!

I've been thinking about signing up for the half-marathon. Since I haven't been training for anything, I could follow the training plan that I am writing for others, because it's written for beginners--it might be a good way to get me back into running without feeling too much pressure. Also, Jerry wants to do the race with me, so we can train together and make it fun!

Anyway, I noticed that there is a very fun event going on mid-race and it sounds perfect for Jerry and me: a "run through wedding" (or, in our case, a vow renewal). At around the three-mile mark, there is a ceremony we can participate in where lots of couples can get married or renew their wedding vows mid-race. Doesn't that sound like fun?!

This August will be our 14th wedding anniversary. I am still grateful every single day of my life that I married Jerry. He is my very best friend, the person who I trust most in the world, and we still have a fun connection like we did when we were dating. We've been together for literally half our lives now! (Next month will be 18 years since we started dating, can you believe it?)

August 16, 2003
I'm not sure if any of you noticed, but probably about a year ago, we stopped wearing our wedding rings. It wasn't out of spite or marriage problems; but, rather, because they were getting inconvenient. I had gotten my engagement and wedding rings soldered together, and they drove me crazy after that! I'm not sure why, but they felt 10 times heavier.

Also, I had gotten down to a low weight for me, and the rings were slipping off quite easily. As you know, my weight has never been very stable, so I didn't want to resize them if I was going to gain anything back. They're a little bulky, too, so they got caught on things sometimes.

I remember the day I stopped wearing them--I had been reaching across Eli for something when he leaned forward, and I somehow scratched his arm with my ring, making his arm bleed. Jerry and I then had a conversation about the rings, and we both agreed that it would be easier just not to wear them. (He had to take his off for work sometimes, as it was loose as well--he even lost it one time at a concert!)

It's been great not having to worry about the rings, but sometimes, I wish we wore them just as an outward symbol of our commitment (I'm proud to be married to him). So, when QALO reached out to me, I was intrigued! I had heard of silicone rings before, but the timing for this was perfect - we need rings for our vow renewal in November, and since these rings are marketed as "the functional wedding ring", they seemed perfect for our "run through wedding" vow renewal.

QALO stands for Quality, Athletics, Love, and Outdoors. QALO wedding rings are made of quality silicone, and they are great for people who are athletic and/or outdoorsy. (QALO was actually founded by two friends who were each newly married, but hated their wedding rings--so they figured out a replacement for the metal rings.)

I wanted a slim, rather plain band to wear, and I ended up choosing a few of QALO's new Stackables.


The Stackables come in five colors and four styles, so you can mix and match them, as you like. I liked the slim width of the Stackables bands, even if I only choose to wear one at a time (just my personal preference). I chose to get black for all three, which may seem an odd choice for a wedding band, but it fits my personality and style choices. Jerry also chose a black band, so now we can be an annoyingly cute matchy-matchy couple ;)


As far as my thoughts on the rings themselves: They're very comfortable! I'm not much of a jewelry person (seriously, go through my photos and you will very rarely see me wearing much jewelry); but these rings are "functional", as described.

They don't slip off my finger, and they don't hurt my finger when I grip something in my hand. I don't have to take them off when I do the dishes, and I can wear gloves without anything poking through. I can wear them in the pool, which is nice - I was always worried about my wedding rings slipping off and falling to the bottom of the pool at the rec center. They're great for Jerry's and my lifestyle. And they fit our personalities much better than gold and diamonds.


Anyway, Jerry and I are very happy with the rings, and we're psyched to renew our vows in Vegas!

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81 comments:

  1. I LOVE alternative rings! I have a couple (and want more colors!) and wear them every day. They are so light and I hardly notice that I am wearing them. Diamonds on my finger is too much pressure for this clumsy girl! I would love to expand my color selection!

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  2. My tweet link -
    https://twitter.com/laurafee/status/851555460205264896

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  3. You want to hear something quite weird? My husband and I were also married on Aug 16th (1987) and you are renewing your vows on my birthday Nov 11th.... sounds like a good omen to me! I may have to check into the vow renewal thing. We are celebrating 30 years! Woot!

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  4. I am a chemistry teacher and so have had to stop wearing my rings altogether due to issues with possible containments from chemicals. I like this idea as an alternative way to reflect my marital status. Thank you for sharing. I understand not wearing rings due to fluctuating size, my husband stop wearing his ring due to arthritis swelling makes his ring too big or too small depending on the days level of inflammation.

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  5. I'd never part
    with my diamond
    we eloped
    got married in Vegas
    10 years ago

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  6. I stopped wearing mine on the weekends and would love this! Just added to my amazon wishlist.

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  7. You should do a recap on your wedding!

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  8. I love my traditional rings...but am having a fluctuating weight issue with them at the moment...my husband tends to only wear his ring for special occasions because of his job (police officer), and the fear that he could get hurt with the ring on. I've thought a few times about getting him one of these to wear at work.

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    1. Qalo makes special bands for police officers as well as firefighters.

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  9. I think alternative rings like QALO's are a fabulous idea...I would never switch solely to them bc I like my original rings, BUT hubby and I wild def wear them for anything outdoorsy--motorcycle rides, ocean swims, workouts, etc. Very cool creation!!

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  10. Also, I can't comment on instagram bc I don't have an account, but you and your siblings should try to find clothes to recreate that national siblings day pic!! It wld be so cute, esp the overall/onesie­čśé

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  11. I love alternative rings! I love the idea of something unique that show the personality of the person. We were looking at alternative rings for me when my mom gave me my great-grandmother's set. My husband's ring is super simple, but I would love to get him something cool like meteorite. It's super expensive though. I didn't know there were silicone rings, and this would be perfect with his job. If it got ruined, it wouldn't be as big of a loss.

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  12. I just got engaged and while I adore my ring I worry about wearing it during races and training. This would be a perfect solution!

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  13. I think alternative rings are a great idea!

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  14. my husband and I stopped wearing our rings a few years ago as well. We'll have been married 10 years in January and we are also thinking of doing a renewal ceremony...these rings seem pretty cool! I'm the same way with jewelry (I never wear any, except for my earrings) but these do look comfy... :)

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  15. My husband and I have been married for 19 years and he hasn't wore his wedding ring since we returned from our honeymoon. My husband is a musician and the ring interferes with the way he plays his guitar. He states that metal rings make it harder for him to slide his hand up and down the neck of the guitar.

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  16. My husband and I got married 37 years ago. On our honeymoon in the Smokies he slipped and started to fall and caught himself on a rock and jammed his ring finger :( He took the ring off immediately and good thing when all was said and done he would have had to have it cut off. Anyway his finger never really went back to its normal size so he never wore his ring again! Me personally...I hate rings I retain water to often and just don't care for how uncomfortable they are. So i don't wear mine either. truthfully Im not sure where they even are lol We will be walking in somewhere or something and he'll say "hey sexy you with anybody" and i'll hold out my left hand with nothing on it and say "I'm sorry Im taken" and he'll hold out his left hand with nothing on it and say "yep me too" Its our thing :) Yes Im old and mushy lololol Im intrigued by these rings though!

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  17. I think everyone needs to do what works best for them (safe and comfortable - traditional rings are quite unsafe in many work situations) , and I really love some of the styles on the QALO website!

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  18. I think they seem great, although I haven't personally tried them! I've been curious and wanting to try them though.

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  19. Bought my husband one for Christmas, now I want one too!

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  20. I would love the alternate ring, for both my husband and myself. My husband is huge on weight lifting and plays basketball and always takes his off - he is also in the Coast Guard so he has to take it off when they are on the ship. I am a nurse and snag my ring on my gloves all the time. It would be nice to have the alternative! :)

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  21. Toms wedding ring is titanium and he did try one of the silicone ones since he was on a curling (think Olympics) league but he said it was uncomfortable....i think his was too small or maybe the cold made it too tight? I love the idea of them since for kickboxing nad yoga and for summer running I always take mine off.

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  22. I think that's a great idea! I stopped wearing my wedding ring last year for a similar reason. It kept falling off and I was afraid I was going to lose it. It's a style that can't be resized without affecting how it looks so I hadn't decided yet what I was going to do. I'll take a look at these.

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  23. I'm intrigued! I like the idea of having a band I don't have to worry about wearing when we're active (swimming, running, etc). But, I definitely feel "naked" when I don't have a ring on.

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  24. I'm not sure how I feel about non-traditional wedding bands but these sound interesting. I haven't been wearing my wedding rings for some time because they have been too tight in pregnancy (and I've been pregnant 3 times in the past 4 years!)!! These may be a nice alternative for this period of time and then for occasions in the future too.

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  25. These seem PERFECT, not only for working out, but also because I sometimes leave my wedding ring on the piano when I play for various events! They should be marketed to musicians and chefs, as well.

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  26. I love alternative rings. I'm currently 9 months pregnant and before now I had never taken off my wedding rings - unfortunately they don't fit at the moment so I've had to shed them temporarily. This would be a great fix so I can still wear a ring! Plus my husband and I are very outdoorsy so in the future they'd cut down on the wear and tear on my gold rings.

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  27. I love the idea of these rings as an alternative! Like my husband can't wear his to work but I think a silicone one he could wear. I wear mine all the time but it's SO uncomfortable when I workout since my hands get so swollen. Such a great idea! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  28. I have worn an alternative wedding ring for years! My husband and I purchased our sterling silver Celtic bands from a gift shop in Grayling, Michigan when they were having a buy one/get one free sale. My husband has recently lost 155 pounds and is no longer able to wear his ring. One of these alternative rings would be perfect for him!

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  29. I wish I had known about these when I got married last year! For our honeymoon, we chartered a sailboat in the BVIs and I was too afraid of losing my rings that I didn't even bring them on the trip! Since we are both very active (sailing, hiking, etc.) these would be perfect.

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  30. I don't know if I could permanently give up my diamond, but I love these alternative rings (and their price) for times I can't wear my ring.

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  31. What a cool idea! I rarely wear my ring because it was my grandmother's and I hate the thought of it getting damaged or lost. It's for "special occasions." I love the idea of an everyday ring!

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  32. My husband and I don't have matching rings. His is tungsten carbide and mine is gold. I have small fingers and it was nearly impossible to find a ring that fit without trying to match rings. I've been losing weight and this six 6 ring had gotten VERY loose!

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  33. I think it is perfect!! I LOVE THEM!

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  34. I LOVE the idea of the QALO rings. Perfect for me because my I wash my hands ALOT at work and perfect for him because he can not wear a traditional ring to work.

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  35. I actually love my white gold and diamond wedding ring and band, but I think the Qalo would be perfect for when I'm doing chores around the barn, doing a mud run, boxing, or camping for a weekend.

    I've taken my ring off for mud runs and boxing classes, but always felt naked; this would be the perfect way to still wear a ring without worrying about losing or wrecking mine!

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  36. I love the idea of non-traditional wedding bands/ engagement rings. Story Time! My now fiance and I got engaged while traveling in Asia. We bought my ($40) ring (I picked it out) in a small shop in Hoi An, Vietnam. When we got back to the states I bought my fiance and tungsten carbide black band to wear as an engagement ring (it looks very similar to the one Jerry chose). He wears it ALL THE TIME. I wear mine.... almost never.

    Anyway... once we're married he's probably just gonna keep wearing his engagement ring as a wedding band and I'll get a band that matches his but is a bit smaller (much like the one in the third photo of this post).

    So Yes! I am all for non-traditional wedding bands, whether that is a different material (like tungsten, or stainless steel, or wood or ceramic or whatever) or not a 'solid' at all and is QALO.

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  37. I love them! I actually just bought my husband a QALO ring for Valentine's Day. He loves it, and I'd like to get myself one. :-)

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  38. Thank you for your honest review on these! I've been thinking of getting one for my husband but haven't comitted yet. Because of our jobs we both got tungsten rings which are great but my husbands ring keeps flying off at work so he just keeps it on his key chain, only wears it for special occasions and always says it isn't comfy. I like the idea of these because even if something did happen to them (I'm assuming after awhile they can break?) they're not expensive to replace and since (at least for us) they would be symbolic and not something you're emotionally tied to it would be no big deal to replace.

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  39. My husband has already lost his wedding ring, which was expensive, and I've been looking for an alternative for both of us. He plays guitar and was always taking the ring off... No idea where it went! I run and hike, and when I go more than about 5 miles, my hands swell up. Surely this ring would be easier to get off than a tungsten band. Eek! Not to mention, I think QALO rings have their own kind of simple beauty.

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  40. I've never been interested in a traditional diamond ring. I'd thought about just a plain metal band for if I ever get married, but I love this as another alternative.

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  41. https://twitter.com/lisarosengai/status/851916082608836609

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  42. I like the new stackable option, it makes them look a little more legit if that makes sense! I don't even wear the set I was married in because it was yellow gold and my husband lost his wedding band a few years later. I then got an anniversary band at 10 years, but it no longer fits. This is a good alternative for me because I'm always at the gym and maybe my husband could wear this at work (he works in manufacturing).

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  43. I absolutely LOVE the idea of a wedding ring alternative. I workout every morning and recently realized my platinum wedding band is all messed up from lifting weights (the detailing on the side has been rubbed out basically). Been seeing this company all over and am for sure wanting to try it!

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  44. The stackable rings are great! I love my diamond because it was my grandmother's but sometimes that makes me scared to wear it. I would love to have an alternative to my traditional wedding ring.

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  45. I like this idea and had heard of qalo when I noticed a person in the FFTFL wearing a pink ring! I asked her about it, that was the first time I'd heard of it. Makes sense for running swimming, cycling and even travel. I find my fingers swell when I travel and run so this sounds like a great alternative.

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  46. My fingers swell during workouts, so I've never worn my rings during running. And I'm afraid I'd lose them during a triathlon. So an alternative ring sounds like an awesome idea to me!

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  47. When I got married I was very much a traditionalist on just about everything, rings included. But 10 years and 4 kids later I've just about given up on wearing my rings everyday. An alternative ring is sounding better everyday!

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  48. My Fiance and I will actually be buying alternative wedding bands when we get married this October! I wear a traditional engagement ring but I take it off every time we do something active, and we're very active! We kayak, snorkel, run, bike, weight lift, etc and I'm always afraid I'll damage the diamond or worse, lose it entirely!

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  49. Since I've lost weight I hardly ever wear my ring, as I'm afraid of losing it. I only wear it for special occasions now. I'd love to try this.

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  50. I'm intrigued by the idea of an alternative wedding band. I already don't wear my engagement ring (don't want to scratch my baby) and my current band could use replacing. I'd try the silicone ones!

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  51. I'm game for an alternative ring!

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  52. My husband's ring broke last year and we haven't fixed it. I like my traditional rings, but would love an alternative for sports and travel. Alternate rings would be great for my daughter, too!!

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  53. I have been researching silicone rings. I workout, run and I ride horses. I don't wear my wedding rings during any of these activities. My workout trainer has a qalo ring and it catches my eye. I tried it on but it was too big on me to really know if I liked it. I think I'd wear a silicone ring more often than my real rings simply because of how many activities I do.

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  54. After reading your post and seeing my friend wearing one, I bought white ones for Easter from A,mason. So far, we really like them. Thanks Katie!

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  55. I feel traditional rings are troublesome. Like you, my weight has fluctuated quite a bit since getting married 11 years ago. I stopped wearing my rings because I refused to keep getting them sized. I've looked in QALO rings but just haven't made the jump yet. I think it's such a great idea and affordable!

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  56. I love the idea of a nontraditional ring - even if as an alternative. Like you said, the idea of a ring ending up on the bottom of a pool is a real possibility for me! Great idea of a way to make that less of a scary thought.

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  57. I really like this idea, my wife and I both have professions that these would be great for. I don't even wear a ring to work due to fear of injury!
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

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  58. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/874744269646508034.
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

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  59. I think its a great idea and I'd love to have one of these.

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  60. I like the idea of alternative wedding rings. If I were to get married now I would definitely consider them.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  61. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/876265590805147652
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  62. I think this would be great especially when you work in a field you do not want to damage the ring!

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  63. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/879035688632635396
    my4boysand1 at gmail dot com

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  64. I think it's a great idea. My ring scratches very easily. I would like a ring I could wear for all my activities.
    Honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  65. I tweeted https://twitter.com/heidiho5152/status/879117929681375233
    Honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  66. In my opinion, a ring is just a symbol of the vow you are making before GOD and it does not have to be made of any special materials. I would give the alternative rings a try. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Bert Ruiz
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  67. tweet entry https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/879724749823373312
    Bert Ruiz
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  68. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/880539781545033729

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  69. I like the idea of an alternative to traditional wedding rings. My sister and her husband hand their ring fingers tattooed with wedding bands on them. They look so pretty!
    Laurie Emerson

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  70. I prefer the traditional rings

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  71. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/880629936859615232

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  72. I think other choices are great! Ihad my husbands name tatooed on my ring finger

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  73. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/880850171143258113

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  74. My husband and I are not the average couple. So we would not expect average wedding bands. We worked hard to get where we are - twenty years together despite our crazy, whirlwind romance. People said moving in after a week of dating was ludicrous, that we were both on the rebound, that nothing would work out. We proved all of them wrong! Unique is not bad. It is glorious and victorious.

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  75. I think it's a great option for some.

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