Not every couple is the Pinterest-perfect couple that wants their wedding to be traditional and sparkly. What if you’re the couple that doesn’t like the cliché diamond rings, or doesn’t like jewelry at all? Diamond rings are becoming less popular with millennial couples. The Economist tweeted at its followers a few weeks ago with the question “Why aren’t millennials buying diamonds?” and the responses were brutally honest, but eye opening.
The verdict is in. Despite sounding a little bitter and sarcastic, it is clear that millennials don’t have and don’t want to spend the money on diamonds. If you’re one of the couples that works at mall or would rather take a trip to Europe than drop 3 months of your salary on jewelry, then a diamond is out of the question. Quirky couples everywhere have been decidedly going with more unusual options, like…
Diamonds are forever? No, TATTOOS are forever. And a small one on your ring finger costs about a hundred bucks. Just be sure he’s really the one. A tattoo can’t just be slipped off…
Traditional women in India get their noses pierces to show the world “I’m taken!” But regardless of your cultural background, piercings are very popular with millennials and getting a piercing together might be sort of romantic, by today’s standards at least.
Alternate Stones and Materials
Maybe a ring is your thing but you don’t like the overpriced, exploitative world of diamonds. There are so many other beautiful stones to choose from. Raw stone looks are especially trendy. An even better option: take a metalsmithing class with your fiancé and make rings for each other. The cost is minimal but the sentimental value is through the roof. Those who solder together stay together!
A Special Gift
His grandmother’s pearls. Her grandfather’s pocket watch. That pair of Jimmy Choo shoes she would never buy for herself. Whatever it may be, a special gift can be a sweet replacement for a ring. The couple above is drawing portraits of each other. Theirs are terrible, but an artsy couple could create some meaningful artwork for each other that they’ll see every day. Perhaps he’ll surprise you with the tickets from the movie you saw on your first date, framed as a reminder of where you began. Anything can be special!
Framed Marriage License
Maybe you’re a minimalist and you’re just not into the cliché, sparkly, over-thought, hoop-la wedding stuff. Keep it simple and frame your marriage license. You don’t need to buy things or prove your worth in the form of a diamond. You wanted to marry each other and you did. What more could you want?
You don’t need a ring to show you’re in love.
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