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Love Letters & Wine Box Ceremony

Here is an idea that will certainly grab the attention of the guests, add some pizzazz to your ceremony and incorporate a new twist into your celebration. NOTE: If you don’t want to put wine in the box, that is fine. Just the love letters or whatever else you would like will work just as well.

Here is what you will need:
*A wooden wine box or a custom homemade wooden box with a separate lid.
*A bottle of your favorite wine
*love letters that you write to each other sealed in separate envelopes
*a small hammer and 4 nails

A few weeks before the wedding, take some time to each write a letter to one another, expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you found in your future partner, the reasons for falling in love with them and your hopes and dreams for the future.

In other words, you write a love letter to each other and place it in a sealed envelope, with the name of your partner on the outside. Do not read what the other has written.

Be creative with the box by putting foam inside to support the wine bottle. Line the inside with satin material. You can also include CDs of your favorite music, favorite pictures of you together, and other mementos making it your own romantic time capsule.

After your wedding, keep the box in a place of honor as a constant visual reminder of your love and commitment to each other. The box can be a life preserver in years to come.

The Wine Box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.

There is only one other reason the box should be opened before your anniversary. If there should come a time when you hit a bumpy road in your relationship, before you give up or make any irrational decisions, sit down together, open the Wine Box and talk with each other. Talk about the day you married, your families, your children and what you are willing to do to make your marriage work.

This is the ceremony wording I use. I like to use this after you have exchanged your vows and before the ring exchange.

__________ and _________have written love letters to each other expressing their feelings as they begin their marriage. The romantic sentiments they have written, their declaration of love, and the thoughts about why they chose each other will be put into this box.

___________and ___________, this box will remind you of your wedding day and your intention to love and cherish each other in good times and bad for as long as you both shall live.

This box contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other. The letters they have written, describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written.

_________and __________, you have created your very own romantic time capsule to be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary. I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.

This box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.

If there comes a time that you are not seeing eye-to-eye at that very moment, let this box remind you of all the reasons you choose each other as your partner and all the things that helped shape the life you have created together. Never take your blessings of being together for granted. The romantic sentiments you wrote, the declaration of love, the clear thoughts about why you chose this person as your life partner will help put you back on even ground.

There is only one other reason the box should be opened before your fifth anniversary. If there ever comes a time when you hit a bumpy road in your relationship and you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, before you give up or make any irrational decisions, open the box together. Sit and drink the wine together then read the letters you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple in marriage. By reading your love letters, you will be reminded of the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today. The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box until your 5th year wedding anniversary.

And now, __________and ___________, you may now seal the box.