Posted by on March 18, 2011
A wedding is such a special occasion that it is only natural to want to find a way to create lasting memories of it. One great idea is to have pieces engraved; you can personalize everything from the wedding bands to the bridesmaid gifts to wedding presents. Here are some ideas on the things that you can have engraved for your wedding, as well as suggestions on what to write.
If you have only one thing engraved for your wedding, it should be the wedding rings. What you actually choose to put inside will depend on the size of the ring and your personal preferences, but you can generally expect to fit around 20 letters, spaces, and characters into a wedding band. If you are lucky, your jeweler may even throw in the engraving at no charge when you purchase the rings. The most traditional thing to put in a wedding band is the couple’s initials, with the wedding date in between them (you would put the bride’s initials first in the groom’s ring, and vice versa). Of course, feel free to be as expressive as you want with your mini-message. One of the funnier inscriptions that I have seen read, “Put this ring back on!”.
Gifts of bridesmaid jewelry are another wonderful thing to have personalized with an inscription. Sterling silver bracelets or necklaces with large flat charms make a thoughtful gift when engraved with the monogram of each bridesmaid. Classic gifts like engraved bridesmaid jewelry are the perfect way to express your gratitude to your attendants.
There are many lovely silver articles that can be engraved and given as gifts to the newlyweds. Silver picture frames or photo albums with silver covers are timeless gifts that will be much appreciated. Initials and wedding dates are the most traditional options for engraving, but you do not have to limit yourself to those choices. Feel free to choose a motif or phrase that will be meaningful to the bride and groom. For example, when my best friend got married, she had a custom crown motif that she had designed to use on the wedding invitations. I was able to get a copy of the design secretly from the stationer and have the crown engraved onto a silver picture frame for her bridal shower. This is the type of personal gift that will be cherished for a lifetime, as it will always be a reminder of the wedding.
It is not only precious metals that can be engraved. Heavy glass and crystal can be inscribed as well, which leads to some great options for both wedding presents and groomsmen gifts. For the groomsmen, nice crystal or glass beer steins with their initials make handsome gifts. If you are a guest looking for a personalized wedding gift, think about something like a beautiful crystal bowl customized with the wedding date.
Another great idea for customizing a gift is to have leather goods inscribed for the bride and groom. It is not technically engraving, but you can get some beautiful gifts personalized with either blind stamping or foil stamping. Ideas include photo albums, luggage, and barware. These are attractive gender neutral gifts, which the groom will appreciate.
There is nothing better than something that has been personalized with you in mind. Whether it is a gift for the bride and groom, or from them, an engraved momento makes a wonderful reminder of a wedding.
by Guy Antonelli