Wedding Wine Boxes / Love Letters Ceremony
by Sharon Auld
We’ve been making wooden wine boxes for clients for over 7 years. Clients have used the boxes to commemorate all sorts of special occasions including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and corporate events. All our boxes are hand-made locally in Alberta, Canada from reclaimed wood and construction extras that were destined for landfills. Even our hardwood boxes of maple, walnut and oak are made from reclaimed wood where possible. We use only paints with low (or zero) VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and eco-friendly finishes as much as possible. We absolutely love creating memorable keepsakes that are also good for the environment!
Lately, we’ve had a lot of couples use our wine boxes during their wedding ceremony. Have you heard of the “Wine Box / Love Letters” ceremony? It’s becoming an increasingly popular, romantic way to add a new twist to the wedding ceremony. Couples start with a keepsake, wooden wine box and a great bottle of wine. You’ll want to choose a box and a bottle of wine that’s meant to stand the test of time (some wines are more suited to be stored for several years so make sure you consult with your local wine experts before purchasing). The couple then writes love letters to each other to express their feelings to one another as they embark on their marriage. The letters are sealed and meant to be shared with the other person at a later date; it’s really a “wedding time-capsule”!
You can choose to open the wine on your 1st wedding anniversary, your 5th wedding anniversary, your 25th anniversary or at any designated future date. Some couples have even decided they’ll open their box if they experience a particularly rough or trying time in their marriage, but the hope of course, is that it’s reserved for an anniversary celebration. What a wonderful way to renew and reconnect with the reasons you fell in love in the first place!
During the wedding ceremony the officiant will explain the purpose and special meaning of the box and its contents to guests. The couples will then place the letters and the wine into the box, as well as any other special keepsakes the couple may wish to place inside the box (photos, a special piece of jewelry, etc.). The box is then sealed shut (some boxes are nailed shut, others are locked with lock and key, sealed with a wax seal or ribbon). If using a hammer and nail, the officiant often hammers the first nail, followed by the bride and groom. Some couples may also decide to have a special family member or member of the wedding party hammer a nail as well.
So what do you think, is it something you plan on incorporating into your wedding ceremony?
While we are constantly designing new boxes, here are a few of the wooden wine boxes we’ve made in the past:
This box was made for our friend Julie of Julie Williams Photography.
These boxes are made to be used with hammer and nails. The box lid can be nailed shut and pried open (and resealed if desired):
Single and Double Wine box made from reclaimed, unfinished spruce and pine is an inexpensive wine box option.
Well, that’s enough photos for now! We actually have many other styles and designs and we’ll be posting in the next day or two.
Thanks again for stopping by and Happy Planning!Sharon
For more information about our wedding planning and design services contact us at www.naturallychic.ca , firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.888.679.9056.
Posted: February 26th, 2012 under Banff wedding, Naturally Chic Designs, Wedding Trend Alert.
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