Wedding recap: Wine box ceremony

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you’ll see that I’ve finally gotten around to doing some recaps of our wedding.  And…you probably can tell that Micah and I wanted a wedding that was a little fun, different, whimsical, and non-traditional in many aspects. 

We especially wanted to make sure our wedding was still special, but didn’t fit the mold of other weddings we had been too.  In the months leading up to our wedding, I was reviewing my usual wedding blog sites (Wedding Bee is a great one) and saw something about a wine box ceremony.  It was really cool, different…and I knew I wanted to include it in our ceremony.

The premise is quite simple – let me break it down:

  • Get a box that you can lock/nail/screw shut and can fit a wine bottle.
    • My dad made a wine box, custom just for us.  It was quality craftmanship – this box was heavy! 
  • Before the wedding, each person needs to write a letter addressed to the other person.  It’s supposed to be a love letter, that speaks to the reasons you love and are marrying the other person. Seal it…it’s not to be read at this time.
  • Buy a bottle of wine.  Make sure it’s something you’ll want to drink years from now.
  • At some point during the ceremony, you’ll take the wine and the sealed letters and put them in the box.  And then you lock it up.
    • For our wedding, my dad’s hardcore box needed screws to secure the lid.  And we invited my parents and Micah’s parents up front to each screw in a corner.

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Yes, yes…it’s upside down. But that’s because the lid was actually the base of the box.

I’ll include below the script we asked our friend/officiant to read.  Much of this came directly from the blog where I learned about the wine box – so feel free to use this too!

Micah and Lisa have both written love letters to each other.

These letters describe 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 and they have not seen what the other has written.

Today, the letters will be placed inside this box, along with a bottle of wine and will be sealed shut. Five years from today, on their 5th wedding anniversary, Micah and Lisa will open this box, read their letters to one another, and toast to the success of their marriage.

Micah and Lisa, even though this box is intended to be opened in celebration and as a reward for five years of marriage, should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships before that time, you are to open this box, sit and drink the wine together, and read the letters that you wrote to one another. Doing so will remind you of this day that you were united as a couple in marriage. By reading these love letters, it is hoped that you will reflect upon the reasons that you fell in love, will be reminded of why you chose to marry each other, and find the strength to overcome whatever obstacles led you to open the box.

The hope is, however, that you will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 5th year wedding anniversary!

We have 4 years and 2 months until we can open our wine box!

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