What is the Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony

The Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony:

Are you looking for an idea that will attract the attention of your guests, add some elegance to your wedding and make it worth reminiscing for years to come? You can call the love letter wine box ceremony an alternative to the commonly practiced Unity Sand and Unity Candle Ceremony. The following article is a vivid description of how to perform the traditional Wine box ceremony and ideas to help inspire you to write your love letter to the future love of your life.

love letter and wine box ceremony

My name is Julie Nourish. I am a mobile Las Vegas wedding officiant.  I have been performing the love letter and wine box ceremony since it became a popular addition to the wedding ceremony.

I have experienced the wine box ceremony in many different ceremony styles. I often get questions from my wedding couples asking what this ritual addition is and what it means. I decided to write this article as a resource to assist and educate with creative ideas and information.

Love Letter Wine Box Ceremony explained:

As the most popular and equally romantic wedding day ritual, Wine box ceremony entails writing romantic letters to each other and storing them for the future. The two sealed letters are tucked away, inside a special box, along with a bottle of wine, and the box is tightly sealed.

The original idea is to open it when the couple experiences some misunderstandings and fights. However, as a suggestion, why not be more positive and focus less on the misunderstanding and fights in your relationship and more the celebration aspect?  I think it’s a great idea to open the box on one of your wedding’s anniversaries.

Items you will need for the ceremony

  •      A wooden wine box
  •      A bottle of your best brand of wine
  •      Two sealed love letters
  •      A CD of your favorite love songs and your best photo
  •      A hammer with nails

Ideas to inspire the letter writing:  Here are some ideas and questions to ask yourself to help you prepare and be inspired to write the letter to your intended.

  • What were your first thoughts when you saw your partner for first time?
  • What is your favorite attribute about your fiancé?
  • How did this affect your life?How did your life change after you met your fiancé? How did you change?
  • How has your fiancé inspired your hopes and aspirations?
  • What are the reasons you fell in love with your partner?
  • Why did you choose to marry your fiancé?
  • How has your fiancé changed you – explain in the letter and give praise.

Reasons to open and share the contents:

1.    Open the box on your 5th wedding anniversary – After five years together you have gone through a great deal together.  By this time you will have a lot to share, remember and talk about. This is truly a romantic way to remember the things you cherished about each other from the beginning of your relationship.

2.    Open it when problems exist – You sit down together, open it and uncork the wine as you unseal the two letters. I have read explanations that suggest you to move to different rooms to read each respective letter.  I think it may be more suitable to read it in the same room.  After all, the point is trying to work out your problems with the other person. Wouldn’t it be better to read through them together and remember the reasons you love each other and got married in the first place?  The idea is to bury the hatchet and focus on why you chose to be married to each other and spark the remembrance of the love you held when you began your wedding journey together.

Perfect ritual: The feelings and romantic sentiments expressed through writing will invariably restore parity and help you get along again. It is perhaps a perfect marriage ritual as it elicits memories of the seemingly blissful past and why you chose each other.

Don’t peak! Remember, both letters shouldn’t have been read by anyone before the ceremony. The box will then be sealed ceremoniously with everyone including the Officiant driving one of the sealing nails. If you had used a lock-and-key box, the couple would be the ones to lock it. 

Practice: I have noticed it does make a difference to practice how you will stand and where the table will be ahead of time.  The practice helps your photos turn out better if you consider the photo angles that look best before the big day

Table placement: Make sure the table is not positioned too low down. It’s better to have the table be waist height. You both want to be able to stand at the table without being in awkward positions and a table that is too low makes the nailing or locking part too awkward. Also, take into consideration how the audience will view the ceremony and position yourselves on either side of the table during the ceremonious sealing of the box. If you do this your guests will be able to have a great view and also take memorable photos for you.

A Sample Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony

Minister: At this time I will ask ________ and _________ to walk to the Wine box.

_____ and _____ have chosen as a couple to have a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony. This box contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other.

The letters written by __________ and __________ describe among many things, 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. Neither person has seen what the other has written. They have created your very own “romantic” time capsule.

_________ and __________, it is recommended 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.

You may decide to open the time capsule on your anniversary if you ever experience insurmountable hardships in your union, open the box as a couple and perform the ritual.

At whatever time you decide to open it, separate from each other and read the letters you wrote on your wedding day in private first. By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today.  

Then after reading your letters sit and drink the wine together and reminisce and speak of the good things to come and the blessings you have.

You may now seal the box together.

In closing, perhaps you will be inspired to have a love letter and wine box ceremony for your wedding.

I hope this article has both informed and inspired you to add some pizzazz to your wedding ceremony and incorporate this unique customization ritual.

Las Vegas Marries the Military Contest Winners Story

Las Vegas Marries the Military Contest Winners

Custom Las Vegas Weddings owner Julie Nourish donated her officiant services on November 10th, 2017 for Brandon and Amberrose Cone.  Julie and all vendors who participated are members of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce were honored to offer our services and give back to the Las Vegas community. We worked as a team to contribute to the Las Vegas Marries the Military contest.

Maverick Helicopter company was so generous to support the contest and they donated the entire package to this couple.  Amanda’s wedding photography donated her photography and did a video for the couple, Julie Nourish donated her wedding officiation services and provided a customized wedding renewal ceremony and Ron Decar donated his event center and Park and Myrtle DJ services provided fantastic music for the celebration at the end.

There were many other members of the Chamber who donated their time, media coverage, cake, attire, and alcohol to celebrate and toast to each winner continued happiness.  We all worked as a team to make this happen for the couples.

This is only one story of the couple I was honored to serve and provide my customized Las wedding officiate services to.

Amberrose, the wife of a Navy veteran Brandon Cone entered this contest because both her parents and in-laws were married in Vegas and since it is part of her family history to get married in Vegas she thought it would bring good luck.  This was a commemoration of the family relationships held dear to them as well as a good luck charm for their marriage as well.

Brandon and Amberrose were thrilled to find out they won the contest. Their experience left them with memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

It started out exciting and they were thrilled to ride in a helicopter and Ambrose’s favorite part was the “Zoom” she felt taking off from Maverick Helicopters helipad to head out the Grand Canyon.

Brandon was giving a thumbs up because he was so jazzed up for this flight and the Grand Canyon experience.

Groom taking off in helicopter

Amberrose was ready to go too.  She was beaming with excitement and happiness.

bride giving a thumbs up

We all had to wear safety flotation belts as we flew over Lake Mead on the way to the Canyon, which was a very scenic route.

photo of Lake Mead

As we approached the Grand Canyon, the beauty and grandeur of it became breathtakingly beautiful!

Photo of the Grand Canyon via helicopter

Brandon and Amberrose shared their wedding story with me and I created a customized meaningful renewal ceremony for them, personalized to their story. When we arrived at the Grand Canyon the ceremony began within 5 minutes.  What better view can you possibly have than the majesty of nature?

wedding renewal in Grand Canyon

Brandon and Amberrose decided to re-exchange their wedding rings and say their vows and promises again. In this photo, Amberrose is placing the ring once again on Brandon’s finger.

Couple sharing wedding vows at the Grand Canyon

It was official!  They once again sealed their renewal of vows with a kiss!

wedding vow renewal kiss at the Grand Canyon

They were presented a wedding renewal certificate to them commemorating their wedding renewal of vows.

Couple with wedding vow renewal certificate

How much fun is it feed your spouse cake at the Grand Canyon?  Brandon was having fun and Amberrose was giggling.

wedding renewal

Now it was her turn and they both behaved without smashing it in each other’s face.  After 7 years married there is still a lot of trust between them.

bride feeding cake to groom

The father of the Groom, George, was having the time of his life enjoying the renewal and being a military vet himself he was honored to be at their renewal of vow ceremony.  He thought it was fantastic they won the Las Vegas Marries the Military contest. They enjoyed a picnic and toast to commemorate a lifetime of continued happiness.

a wedding toast to happiness

Brandon and Amberrose pose with the Maverick Helicopter. Doesn’t it seem small to do such grand things?

couple with Maverick helicopter at the Grand Canyon

The wedding renewal tour was over. Everyone wished them the best of happiness!

People waving with a helicopter at the Grand Canyon

After the wedding renewal, the helicopter flew back to Las Vegas and over the Vegas skyline giving the couple a bird’s eye view of the strip.  Fantastic!

las vegas city photo

Thanks to the Las Vegas wedding chamber of commerce and all the vendors who donated their services to make the Las Vegas Marries the Military contest a success!

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