Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

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Are you looking for a way to personalize your wedding rings? Engrave your bands with something romantic, personal, and meaningful to you, whether simple, humorous, intimate, or religious. Because the engraving goes on the inside of the band, it can be private—a secret for only the two of you to know.

Before you engrave your wedding bands, make sure the length of whatever you choose will fit on your rings and that your jeweler has the skill to do it.

Types of Engraving

Ask your jeweler what type of engraving will be done on your ring. There are three types of engraving techniques for the inside band:

  • Machine engraving: A small diamond-tip pen etches letters into the metal; it's less labor-intensive, which could cost less, but you may only have a choice of a few common fonts.
  • Laser engraving: A computer directs a laser beam to do the engraving; it's less labor-intensive; good for tougher materials like tungsten; creates accurate, clear, crisp, and deep cuts; and offers numerous font and design options—all with virtually no cons.
  • Hand engraving: Manual tools are more commonly used for engraving traditional metals but tough to use with harder materials, like tungsten. You'll have deeper cuts and a more unique result, but it costs more than machine or laser, and you'll likely see imperfections.

Choosing an Engraving

There's so much to say, but so little space on a ring, so how do you choose a saying? Look at two practical issues: how many characters typically fit on the inside of a band and the cost per letter or length of saying. Depending on the size of the ring and the font you choose, you'll be able to fit between 15 and 30 characters (including spaces between words).

An example of the cost to engrave might be a set fee for up to 15 characters and an extra charge for each additional letter. If you do find a saying that you love but it's a little too long, try customizing it to shorten the length while keeping the sentiment, or change the font.

Simple and Traditional

  • Names/Nicknames: John and Margaret / Jack and Meg / Jack & Meg / Jack Loves Meg / Angel and Buttercup
  • Your wedding date
  • Initials: JN + MD / JN & MD
  • Names/initials and wedding date: Jack & Meg 05*03*16
  • I love you
  • Forever
  • I promise
  • The title or meaningful lyrics from your first dance song
  • An excerpt from your ring ceremony vows
  • 'Til death do us part
  • Beloved
  • The infinity symbol: ∞

Humorous

  • May the Force Be With Us
  • Put it back on, buster!
  • A deal's a deal
  • Non-refundable
  • Pookums loves Honeybear forever
  • Property of JN
  • One ring to rule them all (referencing J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings")
  • You're stuck with me now!
  • Worth the wait
  • I call dibs
  • I know (what Han Solo says to Princess Leia when she says, "I love you," in "Star Wars")

Romantic

  • From this moment on
  • Truly, madly, deeply
  • Love, honor, and cherish
  • Mon cœur est a vous (French for "My heart is yours")
  • You are my heart
  • You are my home
  • You are my life
  • You are so beautiful
  • Yours forever

Literary

Along with these examples, there are many appropriate lines in ​wedding readings from books and novels and ​wedding readings from classic love poems.

  • Let us go then, you and I (from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot)
  • If ever two were one, then surely we (from "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet)
  • Never doubt I love (from "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare)
  • Wing to Wing / Oar to Oar (from "The Master Speed" by Robert Frost)
  • You held out your hand; I took it. (from "The Saint's First Wife Said" by G.E. Patterson; also appears in the popular book "Twilight")

Religious

  • Deus Nos Iunxit (Latin for "God joined us")
  • Whom God has joined together let no man put asunder
  • In God and thee my joy shall be
  • Joined under God
  • God bless this marriage
  • Ani L'Dodi v'Dodi Li (from the "Song of Solomon," Hebrew for "I am My Beloved's and My Beloved is Mine")
  • Our Unity is Christ
  • Mizpah and Galeed (from Genesis 31:48-49: "Then Laban declared, 'This pile of stones will stand as a witness to remind us of the covenant we have made today.' This explains why it was called Galeed—​'Witness Pile.' But it was also called Mizpah (which means 'watchtower'), for Laban said, 'May the LORD keep watch between us to make sure that we keep this covenant when we are out of each other's sight.'")

Latin

  • Amor Vincit Omnia ("Love conquers all")
  • Semper Amemus ("Love always")
  • Semper Fidelis ("Always faithful")
  • Da mi basia mille ("Give me a thousand kisses," from a love poem by Catullus)
  • Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit ("True love will hold on to those whom it has held," from a love poem by Seneca)
  • In perpetuum et unum diem ("Forever and a day")