Is Skipping Rings The New Wedding Trend?

When Prince William and Kate Middleton get married on April 29, Kate will receive a ring made from gold mined in the Welsh mountains that has been in the royal vault since the days of Queen Elizabeth. But Kate will not be slipping a ring on William’s finger. Apparently, William has opted against the tradition of wearing a wedding ring. As a royal spokesperson explains, “There is only going to be one ring, in accordance with the couple’s wishes.” [People]

This has me wondering: is skipping wedding rings becoming a trend?Now, just bear with me. I have actual reasons for thinking this.

A few months back, I made a new guy friend. The first time I met him, I thought he was kinda cute and I noticed as he took a sip of his drink that he wasn’t wearing a wedding band. I assumed he wasn’t married … until five minutes later when he mentioned his “wife.” At first I was confused, but then he explained that they opted to go ringless. And that’s their choice to make, right? They’re still 100 percent committed to each other and totally in love.

I have another pair of friends who went for went for wedding band tattoos—a la Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson—rather than actual rings. Why? Because it cost $200 rather than thousands. They used the money they made to make a down payment on an apartment. Plus, they liked the symbolism and permanence of matching tattoos.

And apparently, when Amelia’s parents got married, her mom wore a necklace instead of getting a ring for the simple reason that she found rings uncomfortable.

Obviously whether or not to get and wear wedding rings is up to a couple. But what do you guys think? Part of me understands the rationale for not getting one—they’re expensive and easily lost. (How many times did I see one of my parents unscrewing a pipe under a sink to find a runaway wedding ring? At least twice.) But on the other hand, it makes it harder for a single person to easily determine who’s off the market and who isn’t. And isn’t there something kind of nice if you’re married of wearing a sign of your commitment?

To the married folks out there—how important a symbol is your wedding ring? And to single folks, if you get married, would you consider skipping a ring?

Also, do we think it’s at all strange that in this case, she’ll be wearing a ring while he won’t?