It’s said that engraving a wedding band with something personal and unique to you as a couple is a tradition that’s been around since the courts of medieval Europe, when snippets of romantic poetry were inscribed on the ring of a very special someone.
The cool thing about engraving traditional or simulated diamond jewelry today is that technology has progressed so much, you truly have a lot of flexibility in coming up with creative ideas to engrave on your wedding band. You aren’t even limited to just a few characters any longer, which is amazing in and of itself given the tiny canvas you’ve got to work with. You also have the option to choose between classic wedding bands that won’t go out of style or non-traditional wedding rings. Whether it be a verse or phrase about marriage, an infinity sign as a symbol of everlasting love, or you and your spouse's initials, the sentimental opportunities are endless for your engraved wedding ring.
Process of Engraving a Wedding Band
Always make sure you have your wedding ring engraved by an experienced jeweler. You definitely don’t want to hand it over to just anyone, because it could end up being a very expensive mistake. Remember that your wedding ring is both a fiscal and emotional investment and should be treated as such. You definitely don’t want the band or diamond for that matter to be damaged in some way by ineptitude.
Keep in mind that sometimes you can have your ring engraved the same day, while at other times you may have to wait. Make sure you check beforehand with your jeweler, to ensure you’ll have the ring (or rings) ready to go when your big day rolls around.
Tips for Successful Ring Engravings
First, make a decision on what you want your wedding ring engraved with! Easier said than done, we know. You’ll be wearing this piece of fine jewelry for a long time!
Once you’ve made a decision, be sure to provide a written inscription so that it can be copied exactly. If you’re engraving an image instead of letters or numbers, provide a picture of the image.
Remember that pricing for engraving a wedding band can vary based on how intricate or verbose the engraving, whether you want it engraved using a laser or engraved by hand, your chosen font styles, and more. It’s important to decide all these variables ahead of time, so that your jeweler can properly quote you for the sentimental engraving.
Now, on to the big question of just what to engrave on your wedding band. We know it’s easy to get stuck for inspiration sometimes, so we haven’t left you hanging. Below are some of our favorite ring engraving ideas. Discuss them with your other half and decide together what direction you want to go in.
Keep It Traditional
There are so many different ways to personalize a wedding band, but sometimes traditional and timeless is best. Many couples choose to personalize their wedding rings with initials and dates to commemorate the big day or another important date, like when you first met, or when you first kissed. You could engrave your last name if you both plan on sharing the same name, or create a monogram using your first and last name initials.
You might consider engraving a short inscription, phrase, or verse meaningful only to the two of you, or something you say to each other frequently. If you want to engrave something that is longer, try going with a laser inscription.
Laser engravings are microscopic, so you can’t see them unless you use a magnifying glass, but it’s a great way to engrave something that’s extremely personal and meaningful and keep it just between you and your beloved. Perhaps you could even engrave something a little sexy if that’s your jam!
Inscribe Your Vows
You’ll want to shorten the vows a bit to do this, but it’s not impossible, especially if you go the microscopic laser route. Or you could just choose the most important line of your vows, such as “I do,” “In sickness and in health,” or “To have and to hold” and engrave that on your wedding ring. The important thing is to make whatever you engrave on your wedding ring unique and memorable for you as a couple.
We know that romantic means different things to different people. So, this will be tailored to you as a duo, but you can engrave things romantic words like love, forever, and always on your wedding ring. Or engrave romantic sayings, such as “Forever Yours” or “All My Days.” Maybe romantic to you means engraving a heart wrapped in barbed wire on your wedding ring. That’s okay, too! There are no rules when it comes to romantic ideas to engrave on a wedding band. Just make it personal and meaningful when adding your personal touch.
Some couples have a large funny bone in their relationship. Why not carry on that sense of humor when deciding what to engrave on your wedding ring? You could engrave something that reminds you of an inside joke, or something related to a silly secret you share. Funny pet names are a great option, as are comedic marriage tropes you can play around with, like “My favorite ball and chain!”
Some couples share a (sometimes) nerdy passion, like a love of Star Wars movies, video gaming, or Harry Potter movies. No judgment here, whatever your passions may be, why not express them? Generally, if there’s something you’re both obsessed over, it will make good fodder for engraving ideas for wedding rings.
Engrave Bible Verses
Some couples choose to engrave Bible verses on their wedding rings, as a simple way to remind themselves of their love of God and their love for each other. There are numerous Bible verses that are well-suited to engraving on a wedding band, such as:
- Colossians 1:17 “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
- 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do everything in love.”
- Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
- Song of Solomon 2:16 “My lover is mine, and I am his.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love.”
Try a Romance Language
We all know that some words sound infinitely more romantic when spoken in one of the “romance” languages, like French, Italian, and Latin. Why not inscribe something meaningful in one of these languages? It’s still a tad traditional, yet a tad unique, and it can become a part of your love language as a couple. For instance, “I love you” in French becomes “Je t’aime.” Now how romantic does that sound?
Inscribe Song Lyrics
Many couples already have a special song. Maybe it’s the song that was playing when you first met, or first kissed, or first danced together. If you don’t have a special song, picking one for your big day and engraving a lyric from it on your wedding band is a beautiful way to make the day special and the engraving on your ring memorable.
Ideally, you’ll want to keep the lyric short and sweet. But if you prefer a longer song lyric, you can always go the microscopic laser engraving route and it will be a sweet secret just between the two of you.
You might be a couple that uses a favorite saying or cliché all the time. Sayings like, “It is what it is,” “Keep on keeping on,” “Who’da thunk it,” “Ride or die,” “All in,” and others. Almost every couple has at least one, and it can be a great idea to engrave on a wedding band because it’s personal and meaningful only to the two of you.
Engrave Your Fingerprints
This is a very popular idea with wedding rings today. Couples choose to engrave their wedding band with their actual fingerprints. Not only does this give your wedding band a unique look that’s a little different from the norm, it’s highly personal.
There is really no limit to engraving ideas for wedding rings. It primarily depends on your creativity and the skill and tools of your jeweler. Some engravings will take a little extra finesse to do successfully, while others will be relatively simple.
The main thing is to keep it meaningful to you both. You’ll be wearing that ring for years to come and when life gets hard, taking a look at your special engraving can be just the reminder you need that you’re both in this thing called marriage together.
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