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 you'd like engraved inside of it?

Many couples don't realize that basic engravings on wedding bands are usually offered for free by most jewelers. So now that you know this is an option, where do you even begin to think about what you want inside? Are you ready to commit to one engraving for the rest of your life?

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

More Traditional Engraving Ideas

13 Traditional & Unique Wedding Band Engraving Ideas

Initials, Names & Wedding Date

The MOST popular thing to get engraved on your wedding bands is your partner's initials, his/her name or both of your names and/or your wedding date. It's a traditional take on wedding band engraving. It's a good way to add a symbolic touch to an otherwise plain wedding band, and you know you'll love it forever.

A few ways to slightly personalize this popular choice is by adding a bit extra, like with these phrases:

  • 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? Personalize your wedding bands with a sentimental love quote that'll be 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? It's completely normal and common to come up with these sweet and endearing nicknames. A great personal touch for your wedding bands is to have these nicknames engraved. 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 a portion of these written out on your 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 choose certain words or phrases from their vows to engrave and 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? It's very common to see couples engraving things like Bible verses on their wedding bands. This can be a powerful message to have on both of your bands as 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 your first dance or "your" song. Or maybe 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.

More Unique 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. This really is a personal touch that is completely out-of-the-box. We love this modern idea, 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 phrases that go 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 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.

Inside Joke Between The Two Of You

Chances are, you've developed an inside joke or two before you got engaged or even afterwards. Make your engravings more special by adding in something that maybe only makes sense to the two of you. This phrase 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? Consider adding a bit of humor to your engraving that is fun and witty! 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/or 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 something special on your band that you may have never chosen for yourself.

Place A Stone In The Band

Ok so this 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.

Everband is one brand that actually comes with a diamond already on the inside of a wedding band. The concept is very interesting. With each anniversary, a diamond is added to the inside or outside of the band as a symbol of everlasting commitment, love and partnership.

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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