The world of engraving forever changed when computer controlled laser engraving machines hit the market as it enables engraving on many different materials and in a fraction of the time. This technology has also opened the door to engraving more than text, such as engraving images from photos. These facts give personalizing an anniversary gift for your spouse with engraving more appeal (and artistic freedoms) than ever. The key is to get creative with your message so that it warms the heart of your spouse.
One romantic classic engraving idea is to use a quote from one of your spouse's favorite list of authors, actors, singers or historical figures. Because the gift is for your anniversary, consider focusing on romance when looking for a song, book or film that has special meaning to you both. Another idea is to select a love-themed verse from a religious book or a quote from religious figure like Jesus, Buddha or the Dalai Lama. Depending on what you are having engraved, you can select just a few words or several sentences---it all depends upon the amount of space you have. However, do not abbreviate a quote just so that it fits within your spacing requirements, as you could change the meaning or detract from the beauty of the original wording.
When looking for an image for engraving, photos that feature a wide variety of shading that goes from light to dark will produce the best results, according to Mike Dean, director of sales and marketing for Epilog Laser. You can select a photograph of just you and your spouse or a gorgeous landscape from your honeymoon or another romantic trip you have taken together. Or if you are planning to surprise your spouse with a trip, find an image from where you will be going and have that engraved so that your gift "announces" your getaway surprise. Tip: Your image can look completely different from one material to the next so ask the engraver to show you several samples along with the image used to create each one.
The reason so many couples write their own wedding vows is they want to take that moment and share their innermost feelings with their spouse. If this describes you, then you should consider doing the same through and engraved gift for your spouse. You can sum up your feelings, write a poem and even include a graphic that you have designed specifically for your spouse. The key to success here is to speak from your heart about your love, feelings and hopes for your future together. That sentiment will impress your spouse more than any card or gift you can give.
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