What Phrase to Engrave?

Mr. M and I just spent a fab weekend in NYC and were able to get the ball rolling on a major to-do item—we visited the jeweler to select our wedding rings. We were running late (due to some terrible traffic, ugh!), but Mr. M managed to pick out his ring in less than 10 minutes. He apparently had already done a bunch of research online and decided that a sleek and classic style was really what he wanted. (He’s never consistently worn a piece of jewelery in his life, so he also wanted something very lightweight and durable.) And we saved major $$ since he decided on an alternative metal (cobalt).


This is the ring he selected with a 4.5 millimeter width. / Image via Benchmark Rings

The decision for my ring was a bit more complicated. Here is a picture of my ring from our engagement shoot:


Photo by Sarelle Photos


More detailed pic of my ring / Personal photo

Because the ring setting is pretty intricate, we basically have to get the same designer to create the wedding band—which means I have to ship my engagement ring off to California for a week so he can customize the band to exactly fit the e-ring. For now, I’m ordering it plain (no diamonds) since it’s more cost effective.

Now our biggest dilemma is deciding on the engraving for his ring (mine will be too small to have one). Should we stick with the standard name/initials and wedding date? A song lyric? The symbol for infinity? Our dorky nicknames for each other? I found this old post by Mrs. Hibiscus that had some great engraving ideas and also came across these articles for inspo:

What will you be engraving on your ring(s)?


Mrs. Mongoose

New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Sweet Dreams
Mini-Mooning in the Lone Star State
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    Emily, Guest @ 1:22 pm

    your setting is lovely. really really lovely!

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    skyeatnight 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:28 pm

    We both had “ever thine, ever mine, ever ours” engraved. You should have something that’s perfect for you both and represents who you are as a couple. Gorgeous ring by the way.

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    BrideLawyer 31 posts, Newbee @ 1:41 pm

    One of the phrases we have used since we first got together is “With You” – makes us always remember that we can get through everything as long as we have each other. Short, sweet, to the point. It will be on both of our wedding rings.

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    ghiagirl893 347 posts, Helper bee @ 1:54 pm

    My engagement ring says ‘mine’. Haha its something we say to each other while holding each other

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    starcatcher09 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:23 pm

    Well my guy has been obsessed with Star Wars since he was little, so I’m getting “I love you” on my engagement ring (since my eternity band wedding ring will be shaped funny) and he’s getting “I know” on his wedding band. It’s just something fun and cute for us. Plus he loved the idea of having something ambiguous on his ring and then getting to tell people that his awesome wife let him have a star wars reference.

    For those who don’t know, it’s what Leia and Han say before he gets encased in carbonite.

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    mholden 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:33 pm

    .@starcatcher09: We got the lines from Star Wars on ours too! I got “I know,” though, because I think it’s cooler — and because my wedding ring is really skinny and we were worried about how much we could fit on it

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    cali_cat 784 posts, Busy bee @ 3:03 pm

    My guy’s ring has “today, tomorrow, and always” engraved inside.

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    CoCo, Guest @ 3:38 pm

    GPS Coordinates! We also had a destination wedding (Paris, France) and I had the inside of his ring engraved with the GPS coordinates of Paris. When he saw it he LOVED it and actually teared up. Like most guys he is not super mushy (only mildly mushy in private) and he likes that he has something that reminds him daily of our wedding location. Especially since neither of us is from France and we wont be returning to our ceremony site for many years (like you we are big travelers and we have too many places on our bucket list to visit before returning to Paris). When people ask about his ring, the first thing he does is take off his ring and show them the coordinates.

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    lovelove1028 1110 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:29 pm

    We haven’t discussed it much yet, but I found the idea online of getting each other’s fingerprint engraved… I think it’s adorable, and I’m a little sad my ring is too narrow to get something engraved. But there are companies you can order a kit from, stamp your own finger print, and send it away and they will engrave your exact fingerprint on things. :) Here’s a pic:

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 4:49 pm

    @Emily: Thank you so much!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 5:01 pm

    @skyeatnight: That’s great advice–that it should be personal to us rather than something standard.

    @cali_cat: @ghiagirl893: @BrideLawyer: All of yours sound perfect!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 5:03 pm

    @starcatcher09: What an awesome idea–very sweet to incorporate something that he loves!

    @CoCo: I absolutely love this–SO unique!!!

    @lovelove1028: Oooh yes I’ve seen this, what a great idea. I’m a little bummed my ring will be too narrow as well for an engraving.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:18 pm

    Your ring is so beautiful, I can’t wait to see what your wedding band looks like! We got Mr. P’s ring engraved with “the best is yet to be”, but I didn’t get anything on mine and I wish I would have.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 5:28 pm

    I’m not engraving anything. Do people normally do that?!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:27 pm

    Mr. T’s says “You’re my favorite,” and mine says “Always” with our wedding date.

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    traumaqueen 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:10 pm

    We are having “אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי ” (which is pronounced: “Ani L’Dodi, v’Dodi Li”) which translates to “I am My Beloved’s, and My Beloved is Mine”.

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    skellener 14 posts, Newbee @ 12:28 am

    My engagement ring, ever ours” engraved.

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    sapphire-dreamer 3478 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:00 am

    our choices are 1) a lyric fr om the song Dig by Incubus, which will be our first dance, “At least we dig each other”. 2) Hunnie Bee & Hunnie Bear

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:09 am

    Aw, your engagement ring is just beautiful!

    Engraving was really important to Mr. FC so our rings say (KH)^2 and our date. I would maybe think about extending my wedding band’s diamonds into an eternity, but now I have this slightly nerdy initials + date thing that has me wanting to keep it this way forever.

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    von1976, Guest @ 5:19 am

    I am a total grammar nerd, so I went for something grammar-related, silly, and sweet. His says “AEIO_: Only complete with U.” I don’t know what mine will say. He’s threatened to use “Make me a sammich!” and “OBEY.” In response, I’ve told him that I had his engraved with “I never promised to obey.” (This is a joke between us regarding traditional vows…)

    Since your hubby’s ring is cobalt (FI’s is tungsten and mine is cobalt), it may be difficult to get engraved. Etching doesn’t work very well on such a hard metal. Look into laser engraving. I used http://www.titaniumkay.com for FI’s ring and I’m very happy with it. You can buy the engraving service there for rings not purchased there, too–and it doesn’t take very long (FI’s took 1 week).

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:43 am

    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you Mrs. P! And your husband’s engraving is really sweet.

    @lealorali: It seems like alot of people do but of course you don’t have to!

    @Mrs. Treasure: @TraumaQueen: @skellener: Beautiful!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:48 am

    @Sapphire-Dreamer: Nice! Which one are you leaning towards?

    @funnelcake: Thank you! And I love your engraving, very unique.

    @von1976: That is absolutely adorable for his ring!! Very clever :) Thanks for the tip regarding engraving! I’ll check with the jeweler to see if it’ll be an issue.

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