One of the most increasingly popular rituals in wedding ceremonies is called a 'Love Letter and Wine Box Ritual'. In essesnce it is the creation of a romantic time capsule. In the days leading up to the wedding ceremony the couple write love letters to each other and sela them in envelopes.
Then, during the ceremony these letters are placed into wooden box which contains a bottle of your favourite tipple and two glasses. The couple seal or lock the box and make a promise not to open it for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years. A way of enriching this ritual may be to ask parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen to add letters too. It will surely add to the nostalgia in years to come!
Do you know what a ring ceremony is? It is not as strange as it sounds and it can serve as a fantastic way of including all of your family and friends in your wedding ceremony.
If a couple decide to have a ring warming ceremony as part of their wedding it usually takes place near the beginning. The celebrant will inform the guests that the wedding rings will be passed around to everybody to take in their hands and hold for a moment. As the rings are held the person holding them is asked to make a wish for the newly married couple and then pass them on to the next person. The rings are passed around to all of the guests as the ceremony progresses and then when we come to the part where the rings are exchanged between the couple, the celebrant will ask that they be given to the best man (or woman!) and brought to the top of the room.
The feeling behind this ceremony is that when the rings are presented to the couple they are not only made of precocious metal but that they hold now something altogether more precious - the love, hopes and good wishes of their dearest family and friends.
There is a practicality to remember here though - if you plan on having a ring warming ceremony it is always a good idea to have the rings ties together using a ribbon or placed on a small cushion. The last thing we want is for them to roll away and fall between the floorboards.
Ring warming ceremonies are not for everbody but I have found that those couples who have used them have found it to be very meaningful.