Marriages and tattoos have something in common: They’re both intended to last forever. If you’re looking for a creative way to show your lifelong dedication to someone, consider skipping out on the 14-karat gold in favor of good old-fashioned ink. Keep scrolling for 16 small wedding ring tattoos that may just serve as inspo for your own.

1. Yin and Yang: The yin-yang symbol is made up of two complementary parts that join together to create a greater whole, kind of like you and your partner. (via @bear_in_a_paint_shop)

2. Ring Finger Promise: Opt for a surprise pop on the side of your ring fingers with understated hand-poke dots. (via @ellemhandpoke)

3. Floral Bands: Flowers may not be forever, but a garland tattoo on your ring finger sure is. (via @rosiemaytat)

4. Cross-Stitch Cuties: What better way to celebrate your lives weaving together than with a double-stitched ring tat? (via @katblackstone)

5. Fern Fingers: If you and your partner enjoy spending time in nature, why not bring a piece of the outdoors with you every step of the way? (via @gloribeaufortphotography)

6. Zodiac Designs: Take a cue from this clever couple and combine your zodiac signs into a unique symbol of marriage. This one is a creative combination of Sagittarius and Capricorn, but the pattern possibilities are endless. (via @won.b.y.one)

7. Clean Lines: Never underestimate the power of a simple tattoo offset by fun gold rings and a neutral nail. This couple chose two bands each because the more the merrier. (via @sarahginestonphotographie)

8. Corresponding Ink: Illustrate your commitment and individuality with tattoos that relate to each other without matching. Thin lines, delicate details, and, of course, the universal heart-shaped symbol of love are always a good place to start. (via @fearlessingrace)

9. Vertical Lines: It’s totally cool if one of you wants a tattoo and the other wants a ring. Think beyond the band and try a vertical line which symbolizes the joyful road ahead. (via @buttersphotography)

10. Minimalist Ink: Add a heart-shaped twist to the classic loop with a minimalist design that’s as unbreakable as your bond. The key is to make sure the line is just thick enough that it won’t fade quickly. (via @bymosler)

11. Zigzag: Rings can be lost, but tattoos are forever. Take it from this bride who lost her wedding ring and decided to replace it with a swooping line tattoo for her 10th anniversary. (via @kathrynassaff)

12. Colorful Waves: Add a pop of color to your ring finger with a bright and linear wave. The design is tranquil, but it also symbolizes an unstoppable, ever-present current of love and support. (via @krikoidkartilage)

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How is it the middle of the week already? I guess time flies when you're having fun.. and oh what fun I had this Monday at @thevivifyworkshop ! I don't think I'll get to sharing all the photos at one time but I will definitely be culling through them more in December after I've gotten through all my weddings BUT from what I remember capturing at the workshop, I will share some images that stood out to me immediately into what's left of the week! 🤩 This photo was a must share because Steph + John are just the hippest couple ever!!! I'm absolutely in love with their wedding ring and tattoo because the hubs and I are into tats too 😉 so now we're totally going to steal this idea and make it into our own! 💕 Design Host / @marieeweddings Phographer Host / @cassievalentephoto Rentals / @pleasantonrentals Floral / @sarahsgardendesign Catering / @charmingfigcatering Hair & Makeup / @urbanbeautyloft.fiona Dresses / @jaimebridal @lace_and_liberty Dessert / @mapetitemaisoncakedesign Paper & Creative / @plumaandpine @papertieaffair_ Venue / @theranchatbirchcreek Ribbon / @partycrushstudios Models / @steph.kenna @johnmustache 👏🏻 #weddingwednesday #thevivifyworkshop #weddingrings #theknotrings #tattooring #tattooweddingring #tattoowedding #trivalleyweddingprofessionals #bayareaweddingphotographer #simplejoie #weddingworkshop #sunolweddingphotographer #sfengagementphotographer #loveandwildhearts #dirtybootsandmessyhair #authenticlovemag #loveisabigdeal #junebugweddings #weddinginspiration #sanfranciscoweddingphotographer #bayareabride #eastbayweddings

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13. Ring Jackets: You can have your cake and eat it too — err — have your ring and your tattoo. Create a unique and lasting ring jacket which stands out against simple, shiny gold bands. (via @simplejoiephoto and @poppyeventsco)

14. Delightful Dates: You will always remember the most special day between the two of you if it’s etched in permanent ink. Plus then there’s never an excuse to forget an anniversary. (via @mommy24abbeys)

15. Blooming Lotus: While lotus flowers are a sacred symbol of divine beauty, there are hundreds of florals you and your honey can choose from. (via @the.peoples.ink)

16. Black and White: Couples rings don’t necessarily have to go on your ring finger. Try a thin band on an unconventional finger for a look that is simple and sweet yet wholly unique. (via @ann_gilberg)

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