There's no stronger symbol of the love and commitment than a wedding band. But beyond matching metals or fun, colorful stones, how do you make this super important purchase feel even more personal? To find out how you can make your wedding bands feel uniquely "you," we asked an expert— Simon G. brand ambassador Ashley Bowen, who says "ring personalization is highly underutilized!" — for tips on how to make this milestone purchase even more heartfelt.
For astrologically-minded couples, Bowen suggests having a birthstone added to the inside your wedding band—or an extra diamond if you just want some secret sparkle (starts around $100). If you're both wordsmiths, you can inscribe or engrave a special saying like "I love you," a favorite quote, or add your wedding date inside of your band (starts at around $30, depending on the length of the inscription). This is not only a super-sweet wedding surprise, but it can also make for a great anniversary gift a few years down the road if you don't have time to get it done before the big day.
But personalization isn't restricted to your wedding band. You can even have the diamond in your engagement ring—yes, the diamond!—inscribed with your names (starts at around $200). It's an option that's often overlooked, Bowen says, but it can be done by sending the diamond to the Gemological Institute of America before it's set in the engagement ring.
Another amazing option for brides who don't want to let their engagement rings out of their sight for any amount of time? A custom-fit wedding band like the one pictured above (prices vary depending on the ring). "Whether it hugs the engagement ring or is actually interlocked, customization is easy," Bowen says. "Personalization is always well received—and the time it takes is a small fraction when compared to the amount of time that the ring will be worn."