Traditional wedding bands aren’t for everyone. They can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and altogether too conformist for the average off-the-beaten track lifestyle. If you’re looking for a symbol of your love that represents your unique union, consider the following wedding band alternatives:
Perhaps the most common wedding band alternative, watches make a fantastic commitment symbol. Traditional wedding rings represent eternal love through their continuity–a ring has no beginning and no end. Like rings, watches incorporate the symbolic circle, but also carry an extra layer of symbolism. When you exchange watches as a token of your commitment, you indicate that your love will endure throughout time. As an added advantage, watches have more room for engraving than wedding bands, allowing your partner and yourself to add dates, quotes, and symbols representative of the significant milestones in your relationship.
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More permanent than wedding bands, wedding tattoos can be a powerful symbol of commitment. If your reason for boycotting traditional bands is practical rather than personal, then opting for a tattooed wedding band should solve your dilemma. Ideal for hands-on workers, tattoo wedding bands don’t pose a risk around machinery, and will never need replaced! If you don’t want a tattoo that can’t be covered up, discuss choosing an alternative symbol that represents your commitment. If you have Celtic heritage, for example, a subtle Claddagh shoulder tattoo could symbolize the permanence of your love, friendship, and devotion.
A classic token of commitment, lockets can easily be engraved with dates, initials, or simple vows. Inside your locket, place a picture that represents a meaningful point in your relationship or a special memory. If you want to keep the symbolism of rings as a part of your ceremony, have your jeweller craft miniature rings that can be kept safely within your lockets. And don’t worry, guys, there are plenty of lockets out there that look as masculine as you could possibly desire! From dog-tag style stainless steel, to subtle black onyx designs, you’ll have your pick of male-oriented styles.
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For a token that keeps on giving, try exchanging simple link bracelets at the altar. At every relationship milestone you achieve, add a charm to your bracelet. If charms are a little too chunky for your style, have the dates of your milestones engraved on the links of your bracelet instead. Looking for a more personal token? Exchange handmade woven bracelets. They’re surprisingly easy to make, and the design process is sure to be fun.
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If both you and your fiance have a family heirloom that carries meaning for you, gifting it to your spouse is a great way to demonstrate your love and trust for them. By exchanging heirlooms, you indicate that your new husband or wife is now truly a part of your family legacy.
No matter what token you choose to exchange at the altar, the most important thing is not how it appears to others, but how you feel about it. If it feels like the right representation of your union, then make it your own. From love-plants to wedding nose rings, the sky’s the limit with wedding band alternatives!