The Wine Box Ceremony should not be confused with the Wine Ceremony. ¬†At a Wine Ceremony, wine is combined and Bride and Groom drink the wine during the ceremony. ¬†With the Wine Box Ceremony, the couple places a bottle of wine and glasses and seals it for an anniversary.
The bride and groom finds a strong wooden box that will hold¬†two bottles of wine and two wine glasses. The couple writes a letter to one¬†another, expressing their thoughts about the good qualities that they found in their future partner and¬†their reasons for falling in love with each other. Under no condition can they read each other‚Äôs letter.¬†They are to seal them and put them in the box with the wine and glasses.
During the wedding¬†ceremony, the wedding officiant will announce to the guests that the couple to wrote letters¬†to each other and put them in the box with the wine and glasses. ¬†The officiant will explain that should¬†the couple ever find their marriage in serious trouble, before making any irrational decisions, they must¬†open the box, drink wine together, and read the letter that they wrote to one another to reflect on why¬†they fell in love with each other in the first place. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have¬†to open the box, unless of course, it is for a 25 year anniversary! (or whatever anniversary the couple decides on many choose 5 or 10 year)
At one wedding, members of the wedding party were handed nails to hammer (which can be dressed up with a white ribbon and bow) the box shut. However, as an alternative, I suggest that it be¬†the couple to each take a nail and hammer the box shut (with two pre-drilled holes to make it easier to¬†hammer), if only to add that special touch into their wedding vows. This is only a suggestion, but I just¬†think that it makes the ceremony extra special for the couple.
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Written by: Penny Reynolds
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