13 Traditional & Unique Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

Author Lynelle Schmidt
Date Jan 22, 2021

13 Traditional & Unique Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

You're getting married! You've already purchased the engagement ring, and now it's time to have some fun picking out your wedding bands. You may have a certain style or color in mind for the band; but, have you put any thought into what to engrave inside your wedding band?

Many couples don't realize that basic wedding ring engraving is usually offered for free by most jewelers. So now that you know this is an option, how do you select from all the wedding band inscription ideas out there?

We know you've found the person to spend forever with. Now, let's explore some of our favorite traditional and unique wedding ring engraving ideas to find one that you'll be happy with for a lifetime:

Traditional Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

13 Traditional & Unique Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

Initials, Names & Wedding Date

The most popular things to engrave in a wedding ring are your partner's initials, his/her name, or both of your names along with your wedding date. A wedding band with a name engraved is a traditional take on personalized wedding rings, and a good way to add a symbolic touch to an otherwise plain band that you know you'll love forever.

As it’s a popular choice, a few ways to make this more personal are to add an extra phrase, for example:

  • Forever Begins - Jan 25
  • Adventure Awaits - Jan 25
  • Jan 25 - Our Life Begins
  • Jan 25 (Don't Forget) 

Sentimental Love Quotes

Are the two of you hopeless romantics? Do you believe you've found your soul mate? Wedding band engraving quotes are a way to personalize your rings with the words that define your relationship forever. Choose a phrase that means something special to both of you - one that inspires you and guides you throughout your marriage. Here are a few examples we've seen:

  • The beginning of forever
  • To the moon and back
  • Now and forever
  • My one and only
  • Love is the greatest adventure 

Nicknames For Each Other

Do you and your partner call each other a special name? Have you developed a certain lingo that only the two of you understand? Personalized wedding bands with these nicknames are a sweet and endearing touch. It'll always stand to remind you of the special relationship you have with your partner.

(Part Of) Your Wedding Vows

Whether you choose to go with traditional wedding vows, or customize them in your own unique way, having an excerpt of your vows added to your engraved bands will help you forever remember the words you promised one another on your wedding day. These words, spoken with truth and confidence, are the words that will be used to solidify your marriage. Some couples use certain words or phrases from their vows as a wedding ring inscription to admire forever on their bands. A few popular examples include:

  • To have and to hold
  • For better, for worse
  • For richer, for poorer
  • In sickness and in health

Spiritual Or Religious Verses & Quotes

Do you both share a strong religious or spiritual belief? When it comes to wedding ring engraving ideas, quotes from things like Bible verses can serve as a powerful message. It’s a reminder of the spiritual bond that you share as one unit moving forward in life.

Symbolic Song Lyrics or Poems

Is there a certain song that is meaningful to you and your partner? Maybe it’s the tune that played during your first dance and became "your" song, or maybe they are just lyrics that really resonate with you. Perhaps there is a certain love poem that inspires you and really captures the essence of your love story. Be inspired by the words of others by engraving your bands with symbolic song lyrics or poems.

Unique Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

13 Traditional & Unique Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

Your Husband Or Wife's Fingerprint or Signature

This is a fun idea that you might not have ever considered! It is actually possible to get your partner's fingerprint or signature etched on the inside of your bands. A fingerprint wedding band is a completely out-of-the-box idea. We love this modern twist on wedding ring engraving, because it is almost like taking a real part of your significant other with you wherever you go.

Complimenting Statements On Both Bands

A unique take on your engravings is to think of a wedding ring inscription that goes together on you and your partner's bands. You can really have some fun with this one! You can either have a phrase that is completed by the other person's band or have things written on each that compliment one another.

Here are some of our favorite examples:

  • Little Spoon / Big Spoon
  • Take my hand and we'll begin... / ...and what we start will never end.
  • Joined in love that will not part / Hand in hand. Heart to Heart.

Something Meaningful In A Different Language

This wedding ring engraving idea is perfect if you share a unique common language together or if there is a country that is meaningful and significant in your relationship. For instance, maybe you met while abroad in Italy. You can get the phrase for "I Love You" written out in Italian. Just make sure that what you choose actually translates correctly in the language. Try asking someone who speaks the language fluidly or do some investigating online to confirm.

An Inside Joke Between The Two Of You

Chances are, you've developed an inside joke or two throughout the course of your relationship. Make your bands more special by including these inscriptions on your wedding rings. A phrase that only makes sense to the two of you symbolizes the special bond that you share as you embark onto the next phase of your life together.

Add Some Humor

Do you and your partner love to have fun, joke around, and aren't afraid to incorporate a little bit of personality to the ring engraving? Funny wedding band engraving ideas bring a bit of wit and humor to your union! We've seen all sorts of things written on the inside of wedding bands. Here are a few of our favorite phrases that have a touch of irony and humor to them:

  • A perfect fit
  • Put me back on!
  • To be continued...
  • Wicked special (for our Boston locals!)
  • Do not wear in the ocean!
  • Dibs! 

Let Your Partner Surprise You

Unsure what you want on your own ring? Why not be a little adventurous and let your partner choose for you! Have them contact the jeweler with what they'd like to get engraved, and you'll be surprised when you go to pick it up afterwards. This could be a fun way to get a special etched wedding band that you may have never chosen for yourself.

Place A Stone In The Band

So, what if you’ve been curious about what to engrave in a wedding band, but none of these ideas exactly sing to you? This next idea isn't really an engraving; we'll be the first to admit that. But an interesting and unique option to give your band some personality is to inlay a gemstone or diamond. Maybe you have a small diamond from your parents or you want to add in a color or birthstone that is meaningful to you and your partner.

If you’re thinking about adding diamonds (maybe one with each anniversary to the inside or outside of the band) Long’s offers jewelry customization that can take your piece and evolve it into this continual symbol of everlasting partnership.

As you can see, when it comes to engraving wedding band ideas, we've got many! At Long's, we will do basic engravings on your wedding bands for free with the purchase of one or more rings! Visit a store and explore the largest selection of wedding rings in New England.

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