Till death do us part. A phrase taken from the traditional marriage vows.
Birth and death dates are the most common dates inscribed on tombstones and marriage dates are the third most commonly inscribed dates. A couple’s marriage date is often inscribed on their tombstone with a marriage symbol.
In the 19th century it was not uncommon for a husband and wife to have separate tombstones and often times they were not even buried next to each other. A common marriage inscription on old marble tombstones was two clasped hands. Although they usually signify marriage, clasped hands may have other meanings, usually depending on the cuffs.
This tombstone simply states wife and husband:
Today most couples are buried side-by-side and share a tombstone. A marriage date is often inscribed on a couple’s shared tombstone.
One of the most common tombstone marriage symbols is a pair of wedding rings, in a variety of styles:
The wedding cross, a cross with intertwined wedding bands:
Another version of the wedding cross, with the Greek letter rho, similar to the Chi-Rho cross:
Here are a few other nice tombstone marriage inscriptions:
I really like the following verse: