As a wedding planner, the wine box sealing is a FAVORITE way for the bride and groom to personalize their ceremony.Â The bride and groom use this in lieu of a unity candle and unity sand ceremony.
Here are suggestions for the wine box sealing:
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â wooden personalized wine box (see below for suggestions)
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â your favorite bottle of wine(s) â€“ (depending on the size of box)
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a letter written, signed, and sealed by you to your spouse in an envelope with his/her name
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 – 5 nails and a small hammer
Prior to the wedding day, the bride and groom each write the other a letter.Â Each other are NOT to read what the other has written until an anniversary they choose (and depending on the wine in the box).Â Some people open this annually on their anniversary and write additional notes to be included for their next anniversary as a family ritual or tradition to be passed on to generations.
There is only one reason the box should be opened before the anniversary.Â If there ever comes a time when you feel you want to part ways, or have a difficult time in your relationship, please open the wine box before making any drastic decisions.Â Sit down together, open the wine box, uncork the bottle of wine, pour each other a glass of wine, and have the bride read the groomâ€™s letter, and have the groom read the brideâ€™s letter.Â We hope and pray there will never be a reason you need to open this until your anniversary.
In the letter write about the excitement you felt when you first met, or when you first knew â€śhe/she was the one.â€ť Â Express the qualities about him/her you admire the most.Â Write about what makes you fall in love with him/her over and over again.Â Elaborate on what he/she brings to your life, and how your life is different in a better way because of him/her.Â Highlight the great times, and how he/she has also been there in difficult times.Â Express what you envision him/her being as your husband/wife, as well as how you envision him/her being a future father/mother of your child(ren).Â Think about forever, and how your commitment is there for better and worse.
By opening the wine box it reminds you of why you chose him/her as your husband/wife and all the positive attributes which first attracted you to him/her.Â It is your â€śattitude to gratitude,â€ť and brings you back to your exchanged vows at your ceremony:Â â€śI (your name), take you (your partnerâ€™s name), to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live.â€ť
There are many different boxes for wine box sealing ceremonies.Â It truly depends on what the bride and groom prefer.
There are personalized wine boxes for 1 bottle of wine.Â There are options which have two wine glasses and the wine.Â There are some which hold multiple bottles for multiple anniversaries.Â Your wine box selection depends on what you would like to spend, as well as what you want for your final product.
These are suggestions only, please be a wise shopper.Â These prices are all subject to change and may or may not include personalization and shipping/handling):
Personalized Wine Box for 1 bottle:
1). Beau-coup.com ($32.70)
2). PersonalCreations.com – search for “Decorative Wine Box” ($29.99)
3). Etzy.com ($15)
Larger Wine Boxes for 3 bottles:
Personalized Boxes with Wine, 2 Glasses, and a Lock:
Depending on which type of box you choose to purchase, you may also want to include a CD of your first dance or songs which remind you of each other at the time.Â Keep the box in a place of honor as a constant reminder of your love and commitment to each other.
Here is a version for your ceremony officiant to read:
________ and _________, I have asked you as a couple, to find a strong wooden box that will hold a bottle 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 great qualities 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 otherâ€™s letter, and that you were to seal them in individual envelopes and put them in the box with the wine and glasses.
_________ and _________, 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 celebrate your anniversary!
_________ and __________, I now ask that each of you take a nail, one at a time, and hammer the box shut.
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Kim M. Horn, MBCâ„˘
Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World
Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Phoenix and Destination Weddings
Publisher | Pres. | ArizonaBridalSource.com
AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 â€“ May 2012
2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants