LOVE LETTER &WINE BOX WEDDING CEREMONY
Love letter and wine box ceremonies are new and popular, and for good reason...
There are many variations, but the idea is to each write a love letter before your wedding, describing the good qualities you find in one another, the reasons you fell in love, and your hopes for your future together. Don't show them to each other. Seal them in an envelope.
Give the envelopes to your officiant for the ceremony.
You will need a wooden box to put them in. The box generally also holds a wine bottle (be sure to get a wine that ages well!) It may also contain two special wine glasses.
During the ceremony, the letters are put into the box, and the box is sealed. Your officiant will explain the ceremony to your guests.. You may choose to nail the box shut, or use a lock and key.
The box is then displayed in your home (perhaps with your wedding photos.)
The box may be opened only for two possible occasions:
1. A significant anniversary (many people choose 5 years.) Read your letters, and drink the wine together. At that time, you may choose to re-fill the box with a new bottle of wine, perhaps adding new love letters, and set the next significant date (many people choose their 10 anniversary.)
2. if the marriage is going through hard times, you need to reaffirm your love and remember why you took your marriage vows.
There are boxes for this purpose sold online, or you may create your own box by purchasing a wooden box from a craft store.
HAND FASTING WEDDING CEREMONY
Today’s modern day handfasting ceremony is a revival – of sorts – of the handfastings of yester yore. The act of handfasting was originally an element to a formal betrothal ceremony (the precursor to today’s engagement) perhaps going as far back as ancient Celtic Scotland, up to the 16th century reformation-era. During the formal betrothal ceremony, in which a couple promises to one another their agreement in future marriage, there was a formal handshake to seal the deal.
A hand fasting wedding ceremony involves the tying of hands together with a cord, ceremonial cloth, or colorful ribbons, to symbolize the coming together and remaining together. It can be used as a declaration of intent.
We can perform a Rose Ceremony. A rose ceremony can add a touch of elegance, romance, and beauty to your ceremony. There are basically two kinds of rose ceremonies. In one, the mothers of the bride and groom are each given a rose. In the second, the bride and groom exchange roses with each other. This is a beautiful option, especially in a garden setting!
ROSES: A GIFT TO HONOR THE MOTHERS
UNITY SAND CEREMONY
What's nice about sand ceremonies is their elegant symbolism is immediately identifiable. The different colors, of course, represent the individual lives of the bride and groom. Although combined into a single sand ceremony vase, the layers of color show that both the bride and groom have retained their unique identities and personalities. Yet, looking closer, it is virtually impossible to define the exact point where one layer ends and the next begins -- the grains of sand can never be separated. This is a strong and beautiful representation of the "two becoming one" concept that has resonated with couples all over the world.
UNITY CANDLE CEREMONY
The Unity candle celebration is often part of a wedding ceremony where the participants wish to include a public display of their love and sentiment. It's a wonderful concept and beautifully communicates what is really happening right there in front of us.
The celebration includes three candles; two slender tapirs on each side of a larger, primary candle. The two tapirs are lit from the beginning of the wedding ceremony. The larger center candle, remains unlit, until the unity candle celebration takes place.
Using the flames from two candles to light a new single candle is a touching and simplistic way of announcing to all those present that a new couple has been established. This new relationship contains all that was good from each of the individual entities and even all that may have been construed as bad. It combines everything from the two participants. It represents a complete merger of two spirits, two souls and two hearts. Two lives that will now be knit together and become stronger than the individuals.
A Very Special Marriage