Why Should You Engrave an Inscription in Your Wedding Rings?
Before answering: what to engrave on a ring, it might be a good idea to first answer the question: why? It’s not required, right? The chaplain’s not going to inspect the rings before they’re exchanged, right?
I’ve never seen a pastor call a stop to the ceremony and make you engrave your wedding rings first. Many people haven’t thought to have their rings engraved, so why should you?
Engraving Makes it Special
Adding a personal inscription to your wedding jewelry adds meaning to the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever have. It makes it yours.
It is a romantic gesture to engrave an inscription inside your love’s ring. And if you add dates you’ll never forget your anniversary!
Dates and Duke the Honeypot
Now that I’ve convinced you your marriage is doomed to failure unless you engrave your wedding rings, what should you engrave? You and your betrothed names? The date you were married? A Biblical passage? Something prayerful? Something romantic? A message of undying love? Personal nicknames? The first five amendments of the Constitution?
Engraving Your Rings and Dragon Tattoos
Engravings are similar to tattoos: they’re both meant to be eternal. They’re not completely, one hundred percent permanent and irreversible but…almost.
Just as the giant dragon tattooed across your chest was never meant to be removed, neither was the “I Will Be Your Honeypot Forever, Duke” engraving on the inside shank of your wedding ring. (Not that that would fit!)
Size Matters, (That is, the Length of Your Message)You also need to consider that with engraving, unlike Twitter, you don’t have 144 characters with which to play. If you want to be able to read things without renting an electron microscope, you’re going to have to limit the message.
Different engraving methods offer options of style, size and look. Read the engraving methods blog post.
Obviously, the smaller the ring, the smaller the message.
Without making the font so tiny as to be unreadable without that aforementioned microscope, you’re going to have to limit what you say.
Typically, a date and initials will fit, or very short declarations of love.
Font Matters (There’s Not a Lot of Room for Choices)
It’s a lot easier to read a block style font than a script style. Script is a pretty type of font, but it takes up more room on your ring. So if you’re just engraving the date and your initials there’s a good chance you can have it done in a pretty
script style. But if you’re engraving “Edward heart Bella forever” or something with more characters, you’ll probably need to go with the block style.
The Key to a Successful Marriage
Thus…think what you want to say. Talk to your spouse-to-be. They might want in on the action and want a matching inscription.
Write down a list of possibilities and then narrow down the list.
Show the short list to your Jeweler so they can let you know what will and won’t fit inside your ring.
If you choose a 1.5mm width of ring not only will it be a candidate for future bending, but it’ll be hecka tough to engrave an inscription.
It’s Never Too Late to Engrave Your Wedding Rings
Finally, don’t despair if you haven’t engraved your ring prior to the wedding. It’s OK. It’s never too late to engrave your wedding rings. In fact it’s quite romantic.
Give me a call! I’ll be happy to engrave your ring for you.
Your Engraving Jeweler,
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