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Alternative wedding rings

for The Brooklyn Paper
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Couples today are increasingly interested in creating an exceptional and personal wedding experience, like arriving to the ceremony on horseback and exiting on a hot air balloon.

Wedding bands have long been the traditional symbol of marriage. But maybe you and your loved one rather buck tradition and go with something a bit more creative, a tad more unique, and a lot more “you.” The decision to waive the wedding ring may be practical or personal, but there are plenty of reasons for seeking alternatives and many couples are proudly pulling from the pack by choosing different ways to symbolize their wedding pride. Here are a few ideas:

Alternative types of jewelry

So you want to forego the rings, but still want some bling? Many couples have opted to go with other forms of jewelry instead of the ring-around-the-finger.

For instance, a set of complimentary necklaces serves as a symbol of your unity and everlasting love, without bulking up one of your valuable typing fingers.

Engraved bracelets are also increasing in popularity among couples today. Again, you can go with a matching set, but you can also have them personally engraved with your names, wedding date, or even cutesy nicknames and symbols.

Another option is having charms custom made for each other to wear on a bracelet, necklace, or anklet. Choose something that symbolizes your first date, your favorite joint activity, or your future aspirations.

There are also pendants, pins, brooches, earrings, or matching watches. Some couples choose to still go with the ring, but change up its traditional location by hanging it from a necklace.

Thinking outside the jewelry box

A wedding is a celebration of your love, so what others think should not matter. Don’t be afraid to be creative.

For instance, are you collectors? Maybe you both love antique books, art deco furniture, or classic guitars? Give each other something you know the other will love and cherish for as long as you will be cherishing each other — forever.

You can also choose one item that you can both share and enjoy together in the years to come. For example, if both you and your partner love to kayak, celebrate your love for one another by buying a sleek, new kayak you can enjoy together. Or if you both love to travel, you can opt for a timeshare or a waterside cabin.

One more creative and very permanent way to symbolize your love is by getting matching tattoos. Don’t go with something cliche, like each other’s names, but something more original, like a line of poetry, an infinity symbol, or a custom-drawn work of art.

You can choose something shiny or something whimsical, but the most important factor in deciding what will represent your love is that it symbolizes you.

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