If your looking to add a special something to your ceremony, take a look at the love letter and wine box ceremony.
How it works: You are asked to write each other a love letter and bring them on the day of your wedding along with a bottle of wine placed in a decorative box. During the ceremony we explain that the Wine Box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.
Words spoken during ceremony:
I asked (bride) and (groom) to take a moment and write down what they love about their partner, to write the reason that they found them such an admirable partner an equal, what they mean to them, in essence a love letter. We have these letters here today. I am going to ask (bride) and (groom) to place these letters into this beautiful box they have brought. You see in side this box lays a bottle of wine and two wine glasses and now, their love letters. Now please seal or close the box.
On your fifth wedding anniversary, open the box, take out the wine and read your love letters, and be reminded of the thoughts and love you shared on your wedding day.
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!
If you do 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.
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Wedding Rehearsal Layout
Groomsmen Groomsmen Best Man GROOM BRIDE Maid of Honor Bridesmaid Bridesmaid
Ring Bearer Flower girl
Siblings, Father of the Bride, Mother of the Bride Mother of the Groom, Father of the Groom, Siblings
Grandparents, close family, parents of the ring bearer Parents of flower girl, Grandparents, close family
When planning your wedding ceremony there are a few options on how to include your new blended family.
The options vary depending on the age of your children. If the children are around 6 and younger one of the more popular options is the sand ceremony. This is a symbolic joining of the family. You each have a container with different colored sand and you pour the sand into one container. I've seen sand, stone, jewels and other items included in the ceremony as a way to personalize it.
With children of any age you can write a vow to them. This statement is usually made after your vows to each other. You would write a statement about your love for each other and how that will strengthen the bond you will have as a family and how your love will flow from not only each other but to all children.
With older children they could take part in the ceremony by being a Jr. bridesmaid or Jr. groomsman or they could be assigned duties to help with seating or placing of items for the ceremony.
A tree planting ceremony is a lovely way to include the entire family in a memorable ceremony. You would each pour a container of sand into the potted plant/tree to plant your roots as a family.
I am very happy to say that I am currently booking wedding dates for 2015. Keep in mind that I do have some dates available in 2014 yet but the list is getting smaller and fast!
If your wedding date is 2014 please contact me so we can schedule a meeting and secure your date right away.
I look forward to the exciting new ideas brides have for the upcoming years!