Here’s 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.
Here is what you will need:
- A wooden wine box or a custom-made Wine Box
- A bottle of your favorite wine
- Two love letters sealed in separate envelopes
- A small hammer and several nails, or a custom-made Wine Box with two keys. (Pictured)
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. Both love letters are placed in the Wine Box.
You can also include CDs of your favorite music, favorite pictures of you together, and other mementos making it your own romantic time capsule. 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, open the Wine Box. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have to open the box except on your anniversary!
Hit a rough spot in your relationship? Sit down together, open the box, uncork the wine and unseal the envelopes that you wrote for one another before your wedding, go to separate rooms and quietly read the love letter.
Even if you are not seeing eye-to-eye at that very moment, it will remind you of all the reasons you choose this person as your partner and all the things that helped shape the life they’ve 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. This is the perfect ritual to 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.
Toward the end of your ceremony the Officiant will state the purpose of the “Love Letter & Wine Box Ceremony.”
The Officiant will elaborate on the reasons for the sealed love letters, place the sealed envelopes in with the wine bottle and will speak about the exercise that you went through. It should be emphasized that the letters have not been read by the Officiant or by anyone else.
The box will then be nailed shut. The Officiant begins with the first nail, followed by the Bride and Groom sealing the box shut. You can have each member of your wedding party step up and nail the box shut. If you use a custom-made Wine Box with two keys, the bride and groom each use a key and lock the box.
Your guests will be pleased to have been a witness to something so unique and different at your wedding ceremony.
The walnut Wine Box featured on this page was created by wood artist, Tim Nederhoed, Lowell, Michigan and is available for purchase. For more information or to order a Wine Box for your wedding, call Tim Nederhoed. 616-897-7474.
A Special Word from the Artist: “A friend from work was part of a Love Letter and Wine Box Wedding Ceremony. His gift to the couple was the wine box. He wanted an heirloom quality box that was like none other, also he needed it to be locked with two locks keyed different. One for the bride and one for the groom to lock the box. On this box I carved in the lid the initials of the bride and groom the same design they used on their wedding invitation.
Each Love Box has a small glass window to catch a glimpse of the contents. This will also invite people to ask questions. They are lined with the finest velvet and I use solid brass hardware and locks. I only use certified or sustainable yield Mahogany hardwood. Also available in Black Walnut. Each piece is hand stained, hand wiped and polished to a fine finish. Two wine glasses are included.” – Tim Nederhoed
For more about the Love Letter and Wine Box ceremony, click here!
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. John Pruskowski. Lizzette Eurique-Gonzalez & John Pruskowski were married at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club, Gold Canyon, AZ.
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