Absolutely, make them more unique by engraving your wedding bands
You’ve decided to make your special day even more special by having your wedding bands engraved with a personal message, but have you thought about what message you want to put on the back of your bands? Will it be romantic, funny, part of your vows, something spiritual or a bible verse?
Having your wedding bands engraved gives deeper meaning to the symbolism of the wedding band itself–especially if you choose words or a phrase that has significant meaning to you.
A. Using Latin or French phrases to represent your feelings is often poetic in nature–the words usually have a better flow than standard English.
- Latin – “Love Always” – Semper Amemus
- Latin – “Always Faithful” – Semper Fidelis (this is also the Marine Corp motto)
- French – “My Heart is Yours” – Mon cœur est a vous
B. Simple engravings include both names and the wedding date or phrases like:
- “I give my heart to you Cherish Forever Always”
- “Love is Patient’
The possibilities really are endless; it comes down to the message you want to as a bond during your lifetime together.
Be very careful if you decide to use a humorous or silly phrase. As people age some things just aren’t as amusing as they once were so keep that in mind. Traditional, heartfelt and romantic are always good choices.
Many jewelers offer simple engraving—usually a single line of text—on the inside of a wedding band for a small fee. If you know you want engraved wedding bands but you’re not sure what you want them to say, consider the following options:
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Initials, Names, and Dates
Many couples love to include their initials and the date of their wedding on the inside, making this the simplest, most classic option. Popular combinations include: “AB + CD,” “A + C 5/22/2014,” “ILY 5.22.14,” “ ABC-DEF,” and others along those lines. Instead of engraving your wedding date, you might choose to engrave the date you met, or the date of some other special relationship milestone. Or you might choose to engrave your beloved’s first or middle name in the interior or your ring, and yours in his.
Sayings and Quotes
Occasionally you will run across a quote that expresses how you feel perfectly. Sometimes the best engravings are simple expressions such as, “I do,” “You and I,” or “All my love.” Depending on the size of your ring, you may be able to request a longer saying or quote, such as, “Who, being loved, is poor?” by Oscar Wilde or, “Love conquers all,” by Virgil.
If you and your partner are spiritual, you might want to engrave a saying that pays homage to your beliefs. Some classic options: “Love is kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4) and “My lover is mine, and I am his” (Song of Solomon 2:16).
If the quote you love is too long or you’ve discovered a saying that has two parts, consider placing half of the line on your band and the other half on your partner’s. This is a wonderful way to indicate that you make each other complete! Some cute ideas drawn from pop culture: “How sweet it is (band 1)… to be loved by you (band 2)” and “To infinity (band 1)… and beyond (band 2)”
Personal Sayings or Nicknames
If you and your partner have private nicknames, or a favorite saying you always use between the two of you (oftentimes leaving others scratching their heads in confusion), you might choose to immortalize it on your wedding bands. Or consider engraving the name of a place that you cherish (your favorite vacation spot, the restaurant where you had your first date, or the street where you first lived together).
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