Engagement Tattoos Are The New Diamond Rings

Photo: Via @kelseyyup.
This post was originally published on December 9, 2015.
They say diamonds are forever, but you know what's really forever? Tattoos. There are few things in this world as permanent as getting some ink. And maybe that's why more and more couples are choosing to commemorate their engagements — and weddings — with matching tats.

Couples spent an average of $4,000 on engagement rings in 2012 (plus an additional $1,500 on wedding bands), according to The New York Times; The Knot's annual survey on the cost of weddings indicated that the amount spent on engagement rings had risen to an average of $5,855 in 2014. If those prices seem steep, an engagement or wedding tattoo might be the perfect way to show your love for one another without breaking the bank.

The best part of these tats is that you're totally in control. They can be as bold or minimalistic as you'd like. And you can design the tattoos yourself, making a one-of-a-kind statement that bonds you to each other more than a piece of jewelry can.

If you're not 100% convinced, click through to see 10 chic and totally sweet engagement tattoos that just might inspire you to skip the rings.
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Photo: Via @WeAreWeddings.
Lock & Key
Very simple, but very beautiful. These tattoos show exactly who has the key to your heart.
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Photo: Courtesy of Taisha Amber's Tumblr.
'Til Death
Ink is already permanent, and what better way to show that you'll be taking the "'til death do us part" section of your vows seriously?
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Photo: Via @la_petite_butik.
Double Bands
Simple and sweet. These clean, black lines are a minimalist's engagement-tattoo dream.
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Photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Roth's Pinterest.
Forever Yours
Matching forefinger tats instead of wedding bands.
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Photo: Via @alyssaeloise.
Infinity Dates
If you and your significant other can't choose between a sweet heart and a delicate infinity symbol, why not do both? This couple added their wedding date to seal the deal.
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Photo: Via @juan611.
Trust
No marriage can last without complete trust. This tattoo serves as a good reminder for the years ahead.
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Photo: Via @brentbarteltattoo.
Mr. & Mrs.
Want the world to know you're a couple? These bold tattoos are a great way to make a lasting statement.
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Photo: Via @kelseyyup.
Simple Triangles
Who needs a diamond when you can have a triangle?
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Photo: Via @neo_posh.
King & Queen
Do you treat each other like royalty? Then this might be the perfect engagement tattoo for you.
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Photo: Via @rybrookeg.
Initials
Getting a tattoo with your significant other's initials is a great way to take your partner with you everywhere you go.
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