Choosing wedding bands can be one of the hardest decisions you make during the wedding planning process. Once you and your fiance decide on bands, you may also want to consider having them engraved. Since the engraving is done in the inside of the ring, whatever you inscribe is something special and a private message shared between you and your fiance. Deciding what to engrave can be a tough, but there are a few traditional options you may want to consider.
Perhaps the most traditional choice of something to engrave are dates. You can engrave the date of your marriage, the date you met or any other date that holds a special meaning for the two of you. When engraving a year, consider using Roman Numerals for a different type of design. If you want to engrave a date, you will need to detail the format you prefer. You can use strictly numbers, for example; 1/1/2010, a mixture of letters and numbers; January 1, 2010 or you can formally write out the date; First of January, Two-Thousand and Ten.
Initials and Monograms
Initials have always been a popular choice. For the groom, initials are simple; but a bride will need to decide if she wants to use the initial of her maiden name or her married name. Traditionally, she will use her maiden name because the ring signifies the pending union. A monogram offers and elegant feel and is slightly more intricate in design. In a monogram, the first letters of the two names are intertwined and can be left like that or the newly shared last initial can be included in the design.
Messages, Bible Verses and Sayings
Another engraving option is to use a special Bible verse, song lyric or intimate message that holds meaning to the bride and groom. Choosing a message for the inside of a ring can be tricky, though, because space is limited. Consider using an abbreviation or cipher to shorten the message to fit. If you choose a saying, for example: "Two Hearts Together Forever as One," engrave the first letter of each word, "T.H.T.F.A.O". This way the meaning is preserved, the engraving will fit nicely onto the ring. The intimacy is increased by the fact that only the bride and groom will know the meaning.
Once you decide what to write, choose a font. Opt for one that aligns with your style, whether traditional or contemporary, but keep in mind how small the print will be. A certain font may be great at size 22, but illegible at size six. Your jeweler should have a list of sample fonts that work well in engravings.
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