Get Inspired by These Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

Ring Engraving Ideas

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Having your wedding ring engraved with a secret message is the ultimate way to personalize an already unique piece of jewelry. There’s something incredibly romantic about the inscription of a special date, two initials beside each other, or a phrase that only the wearers will understand.

It’s also a timeless practice: Since medieval times, people have been engraving their most beloved pieces of jewelry with religious quotes and sweet vows stating their devotion to each other. Choosing to engrave your wedding rings is a lovely way to make your ring feel like its truly your own, but the process can feel intimidating. You don’t want to choose the wrong inscription or do something that could potentially change the way your ring looks.

We spoke to jeweler Madeline Fraser to get all of the details on what to know about engraving your wedding rings.

Meet the Expert

Madeline Fraser is the founder and CEO of the try-before-you-buy jewelry site and app Gemist.

Ring Engraving Cost

Your rings might have been pricey, but the good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get an engraving done. “Engraving is relatively affordable,” says Fraser. “It all depends on the character count of what you want to be engraved. The average cost ranges from $50-$100 and most rings accommodate between 15-30 characters.”

When to Engrave Your Rings

If you know you want your rings engraved before you get engaged, let your jeweler know before the rings are being made or sized. Fraser says, “Engraving happens at the very end of the manufacturing process, so you have time to think about what you want your engraving to say while your rings are being made.”

There’s no real timeline here. If you choose to get your rings engraved even after your wedding, you can do that too (just be prepared to split from your ring for a little bit).

How to Engrave Your Rings

Fraser says that at Gemist, they laser engrave rings, which is really how most jewelers will do it as well. “It’s a very precise and fast process using a pencil-sized laser beam,” she explains. “The strength of the laser changes based on the type of metal.” In other words? This is a straight-forward, quick process.

Once you know that you want something engraved on your ring, you need to decide on the perfect inscription. This is harder than it sounds—for something that can only be up to maybe 30 characters, there are a surprising amount of options.

Ring Engraving Ideas

Now that you've read up on the logistics, it's time to decide what exactly you want your ring to say. From traditional and religious to romantic and funny, get inspired by the ring engraving ideas below.

Traditional

  • The date you met
  • Your wedding date
  • I love you
  • Always
  • Forever
  • Eternity
  • J&M (your initials)
  • Your nickname for each other
  • Forever begins
  • To have and to hold 
  • Till death do us part
  • The infinity symbol
  • Happily ever after

Romantic

  • The date of your first date or first kiss
  • The date you got engaged
  • A song lyric you both love
  • The coordinates of the location you met in
  • All my love
  • Never to part
  • To have and to hold
  • To the moon and back
  • My one and only
  • The beginning of forever 
  • Love, honor, cherish
  • I choose you
  • I love you more 
  • Amore mio (my love)

Funny

  • A short inside joke
  • Put me back on!
  • A perfect fit
  • Dibs!
  • Non-refundable 
  • Mine
  • You’re stuck with me now
  • A deal’s a deal 
  • Property of (your name) 
  • Finally
  • Do not remove
  • Incredibly lucky
  • Why is this off 
  • Ride or die 
  • Better half

Religious

  • Your favorite Bible verse
  • In God and thee my joy shall be
  • Love is patient, love is kind
  • Where you go, I will go
  • Joined under God
  • Do everything in love
  • God unites in love
  • Love is faithful
  • Deus Nos lunxit (God joined us)
  • Do everything in love

Coordinating

  • Ring 1: “After all this time?” Ring 2: “Always”
  • Ring 1: “I am my beloved Ring 2: “And my beloved is mine”
  • Ring 1: “Moon of my life” Ring 2: “My sun and stars”
  • Ring 1: “I love you” Ring 2: “I know” 
  • Ring 1: “I do” Ring 2: “Me too” 
  • Ring 1: “One ring” Ring 2: “To rule them all”

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