|WEDDING WINE BOX CEREMONY
|The couple for whom I made the first Wedding Wine Box (shown here) sent me this information from
the internet where they first got the idea. My only suggestion would be to add notes from wedding
guests as well!
Unity Candle, The Rose Exchange, and many more, there is one special idea that I have recently learned
about from a friend who attended a wedding in Holland. While he was not sure if it was a Dutch
tradition, he found it to be extremely touching. When he returned to the states, he could not wait to
share this with me.
Basically the JP or officiant asks the couple getting married to find a strong wooden box that will hold
two bottles of wine and two wine glasses. The couple is then asked to each write 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’s letter.
They are to seal them and put them in the box with the wine and glasses. Upon finalizing the wedding
ceremony, the officiant will announce to the guests that he / she had asked the couple to write 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!
At the wedding in Holland, 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.
Truthfully, I find this to be the most romantic (and coolest!) addition to incorporate into a marriage
ceremony. The Officiant would say the following:
“Bride & Groom, I have asked you as a couple, to find a strong wooden box that will hold two bottles of
wine, and two wine glasses. In addition, I have asked each of you to write a letter to one another,
expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you have found in your future partner, as well
as, your reasons for falling in love with each other. I requested that under no condition were you to
read each other’s letter, and that you were to seal them in individual envelopes and put them in the
box with the wine and glasses."
"Bride & Groom, should you ever find your marriage enduring serious difficulties, I am asking that
before you make any irrational decisions, that you both, as a couple, open the box, drink some wine
together, and then venture off into separates rooms to read the letters that you wrote to one another
when you were united as a couple. By reading these love letters, you will reflect upon the reasons that
you fell in love with each other in the first place. The hope here is, that there will never be a reason for
you to open this box, unless of course, it is for your 25 year anniversary!”
“Bride & Groom, I now ask that each of you take a nail, one at a time, and hammer the box shut.”
Made in Texas
This is, without a doubt, the most popular item that I make, and has been for several years now. When I
was first approached about it, I could not find a single example on the web. Over time, it has evolved
into two separate models, and I have done a wide variety of punchwork designs. You can view some
past projects here, and can view the two models and suggested patterns here. If you have another
design that you prefer, I will be happy to use that provided that it lends itself to our punchwork
technique. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger versions of past projects, and click here to see
pricing. Feel free to contact me directly if you wish to discuss your options in detail.
Love Letter Ceremony