HeyRubyHoneyBee

Own Your Moment with the Wild Hearts Collection

Hobart, Australia On Etsy since 2015

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HeyRubyHoneyBee

Own Your Moment with the Wild Hearts Collection

Hobart, Australia | 4,646 Sales

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After a full re-brand from the Wedding Guest Book Co we're back to give your celebrations that additional touch you've been looking for.
With personalised products featuring quality Tasmanian timber + genuine kangaroo leather we will handcraft you the perfect companion for your celebration.

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Last updated on Jan 10, 2019

Let's celebrate with an INSTANT 20% DISCOUNT: http://eepurl.com/dG2cP9
After a full re-brand from the Wedding Guest Book Co we're back to give your celebrations that additional touch you've been looking for.
With personalised products featuring quality Tasmanian timber + genuine kangaroo leather we will handcraft you the perfect companion for your celebration.

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    About HeyRubyHoneyBee

    Sales 4,646
    On Etsy since 2015

    Passion. Life. Gratitude. Balance.

    Before I started Ruby Honey Bee, I’d often attend weddings and milestone celebrations of family and friends that didn’t have any personal touches. To be honest, they all felt the same. If I wasn’t already aware of who the celebration was for it really could’ve been for anyone.

    When I myself became engaged and being a person who does not enjoy being the centre of attention, we had planned a Clayton’s celebration – AKA a celebration without having a celebration – a gathering of family and friends. We planned no speeches or formalities, just a fun evening to mark the occasion. The night didn’t proceed as scheduled – the self-appointed best man deciding to start the speeches early, set my anxiety in motion and the rest of the evening went into a blur. The following day I felt so disheartened. I hadn’t greeted and spent time with all of our guests, I felt foggy about who had attended and who didn’t.

    In the end I realised the problem was we hadn’t attempted to ‘make it ours’ and that it was just like everyone else’s celebrations – overwhelmingly impersonal. Feeling like I had lost that moment I made a promise to myself to make our next celebration the best celebration it could be, and to make it as unique, just as we are, as individuals.

    Whilst diving head first into ‘wedding planning mode’ and creating various Pinterest boards – “our dream wedding” – I realised that just about everything I had fallen in love with to make our wedding ours, wasn’t available within Australia.

    Knowing that I was keeping up with current wedding trends and that I loved working with timber, a friend asked me to craft a personalised guest book out of some gorgeous Tasmanian timber they had acquired. That was the moment the Ruby Honey Bee dream came alive.

    Now, because of the beauty of Tasmanian Timber and the concept of the beautiful books I wanted to create, I was concerned that the price point of our guest books may be more than people would pay..

    But my fears were put to rest. The sales started happening, bride after bride providing me quality feedback about how much they loved the quality and feel of the book and how their personalised guest book enhanced their wedding. Pretty soon I realised that I was on the right path after all.

    My concept was formalised. I would create a beautiful, high-end, quality based collection of personalised stationary and home wares for couples, so they could truly own their moment.

    However as my journey progresses, It turns out the road was more difficult than I first anticipated.

    Suppliers of quality, high end Tasmanian timber were difficult to find and were reluctant to negotiate on a price, which presented me a pricing issue. I wanted a product brides could afford and would feel represented value for money.

    Some customers had questioned the quality of the materials, even though the suppliers are highly regarded as world leaders in specialty timbers and I hand picked the materials myself.

    Because I hadn’t anticipated these road humps, I developed a stepping-stone brand, The Wedding Guest Book Co, where I put all of my focus into what was to be a signature product in the final collection of RHB. I offered this range at a reduced rate to invite feedback from my customers – the people that would be actually using our books. This approach set the wheels in motion, with more and more orders. It seemed word had spread about the quality craftsmanship of our personalised guest books.

    Unexpectedly, I had some health issues arise and I was subsequently advised to make health my priority. I took a step back from the business and our wedding plans were placed on hold. For two years, I have focused any and all remaining energy into redesigning our guest book to be even better, in quality and functionality. My approach of continuous improvement and development of my products, see’s ever changing collections, which provide for the most amazing personalised celebrations any bride could dream of. I knew that I had to keep designing for those brides who were still emailing requesting more items from the same bespoke materials that can’t be found anywhere else.

    I am pleased to say I have come out the other side. My health is literally the best it has ever been, wedding plans are back on track, and we have released our first products as Ruby Honey Bee which have received an overwhelming response. The dream has come to fruition.

    We are now Australia’s leading maker of personalised guest books working solely with beautiful Tasmanian timbers.

    Enjoy,

    Cara and Juan x
    Meticulously crafted in Hobart, Tasmania

    Shop members

    • Cara

      Owner, Maker, Customer Happiness Officer

      When Cara's not in the studio you'll find her down by the creek at the base Mount Wellington building rock stacks, sitting reading her book, or simply enjoying the Tassie wilderness. On Tuesdays, she wears pink.

    • Juanito

      Assistant, Shipper

      Juan loves Tassy timbers. He preps all of the wood for our products. It's not unusual for him to suggest a coffee at the Margate Train which really means that he wants to go next door to poke around new cuts of timber.

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    Last updated on Jan 10, 2019
    Frequently asked questions
    What sizes do your guest books come in?

    Guest book sizing is as follows:
    Large - page size = 210x297mm or 8.5x12" (A4 size)
    Small - pages size = 148x210mm or 8.3x5.8" (A5 size)
    All listing clearly state the size of the item in both millimeters + inches to help you chose exactly what you need.

    How many pages are in your books?

    Page numbers are listed as individual pages numbers.

    We offer our guest books with a choice of 20, 40 or 60 pages. Or, our vow books come with 20 pages.

    As an example, a 60 page guest book gives you 120 usable sides to write on. #winning

    Will it get to me in time?

    Please allow 5 business days for processing plus additional time for shipping.

    Shipping time frames vary depending on your location.

    Estimated shipping times are:
    Australia: 5-10 business days
    New Zealand: 4-7 business days
    North America: 5-15 business days
    Europe: 5-15 business days

    Please refer to our Policies for further information.

    Where do I type the text that I want for my custom engraved cover?

    Add this text on the listing page prior to clicking on add to cart. This is a required field so you can't miss it.

    List your names, event date, event location. Choose to have one or all three. Your engraving includes text over 1, 2 or 3 lines.

    To ensure accuracy we copy and paste your personalised text as typed into the above text box.

    Please review all spelling and dates and ensure that you have entered the text as you would like it displayed on your guest book e.g. UPPER CASE, Sentence Case or lower case.