Engraved wedding bands are so much more than a symbol of marriage. They’re a legacy that lives on long after the ceremony, preserving the love and promise between two people. When deciding what to inscribe on your band, remember to consider what each engraving means to you and your partner.
1. Wedding Vows
Many couples opt to inscribe their wedding vows on their band. Couples often write their vows on the band itself and place the ring on top. This provides ample room to accommodate more words while not making the ring too large. If you are vowing to love each other forever, try carving the words in the shape of a heart or the infinity sign. You could also opt for a small phrase that sums up what you and your partner have meant to each other: “You complete me” or “I always promise to love you.”
Inscribing your wedding band with a special message or quote is another simple yet meaningful idea. The inscription could be the name of a famous love poet, a Bible verse you have chosen, or even a simple heart. Smaller bands can accommodate simple verses, while larger ones can include anything from complete poems to a whole chapter of Bible scripture.
3. Wedding Date
Though many couples choose to inscribe their wedding date on their bands, you can also choose to make a more meaningful statement. For example, if you and your partner are in your 40s or 50s, consider having the date of your wedding etched on the band itself. Couples who have been married for more than 20 years sometimes inscribe the year when they got married/engraved instead. Other couples may spell out an anniversary date in smaller numbers on the band.
4. Love Words
You can also choose to engrave your wedding band with a message or quote that expresses your love and commitment to each other. You can combine different ideas, such as phrases you have penned together. For example, if you are sentimental and often recite poems to each other, consider adding a poem or quote on the band. Use the words that describe your love for one another: “You’re the best,” “I will always love you,” or “Our vow means more to us than just words.” You could also choose from a few different languages.
The most popular idea for engraved wedding bands is to engrave images that represent your love for one another. To make the most of the space left on your band, try using a photo split into two to define your life as a couple and then separate the two halves again to reveal where they will live on your band. Here are some examples:
Drawer Lock – Sometimes it’s hard to engrave something delicate, but carving a “drawer lock” (instead of the traditional padlock) is fun and cute without being too risqué.
Leaves – Leaves are a great way to decorate your band. They symbolize strength and growth and can represent your and your partners’ growth together.
6. Family Members
Use your engraved wedding band as a tribute to family members who are no longer with you or loved ones who have been there for you throughout the years. You could also use the engraving to commemorate the birth of your first child or even write their names out.
Arrows can act as a guide or direction in your life. The arrow touching each side of the band symbolizes always being there for one another. Arrange the arrows in an inverted way to represent your love and commitment to each other that will never fade away. This is also a good idea if you write lyrics to a song for your wedding dance or want something romantic.
8. Lines from a Movie
If you have a particular movie vital to you and your partner, use the movie for inspiration when making your engraving. If it’s a movie about love, consider words like “love,” “dedication,” or “commitment.”