6 Unconventional Engagement "Ring" Ideas

July 27, 2017

unique and unconventional engagement ring ideas

Over the past few years we have seen people break tradition when it comes to proposals. Whether it be they don't like to wear a ring, they can't wear a ring for work, or simply don't like the idea of a ring, many couples are opting to choose a different symbol for their commitment. For example, a bridal stylist at BridesMade knows someone who proposed to their significant other with a bike! Yes, a bike. There was a story behind the "ring" being a bike, but regardless, she said "yes!" 

A slight word of caution before I continue: some woman may really want the ring as the proposal, so be sure if you are going through with an alternative, that you think she will be just as or more happy with the alternative you are offering. 

Below are six alternatives to an engagement ring.

1. Adventure

A great way to propose to an adventure junky is to have a trip booked for the two of you, and to propose with a trinket significant to that destination when you are there. For example, to propose with a "love lock" from the famous bridge in Paris where couples lock locks together which symbolizes forever spent together.

love lock bridge paris

2. Tattoos

This alternative is perfect for the couple who doesn't want to wear an engagement ring. Of course, the tattoo of a ring or symbol on the left hand fourth finger in is the most common marriage tattoo. But, why stop there? If you and your S.O. have a significant tattoo you want to get together, do that instead.

tattoo engagement alternative

3. Down Payment

Sometimes people would rather spend money on a house than a rock and that's A-okay! Spend the money you would use towards a diamond ring towards a down payment of the house you two are going to share and grow old together in. It is an obvious testament to your lasting love. 

house engagement

4.  Pet

The fourth, and our favourite, alternative to an engagement ring is a pet. Whether it be a dog, cat, bird, or amphibian of sorts it is sure to pull on your S.O's heart strings. Proposing with an animal shows commitment to each other and confidence in raising a "fur baby" together. Agreeing to have an animal together is a huge step in any relationship, so by asking to get married with a new pet in hand, your significant other will see how serious you are.

dog engagement alternative wedding

5. A personal memento 

This alternative is not us actually telling you an item to give, it's more for you to think. Proposing with something that has significance to the two of you is the most personal and loving proposal. Use something that is sappy, like that ticket stub you saved from your first date 3 years ago, or an item from the store when you two first spotted each other. Either way, this personal memento will symbolize all the times you two had together, and for the eternity to come.

6. Alternative Jewelry 

Sometimes the receiver of the proposal does want jewelry, but rings either aren't their style or she knows she will lose it within the first 24 hours of having it. Look into alternative jewelry ideas, such as necklaces, bracelets, or earrings. Whether it be having a solitaire diamond hanging from a beautiful necklace, or a simple bracelet with your name on it, we're confident you know what your significant other will love.


Rings are a thing of the past, consider these alternatives for your SO.

Happy wedding proposing!


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