A thoughtfully handwritten love letter is one of the most romantic and sentimental gestures possible, and wedding love letter ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the unity candle ceremony or unity sand ceremony.
In preparation for the love letter ceremony, the bride and the groom each write the ultimate love letter to each other. In each letter are the reasons you want to marry one another. These reasons may include special memories from your courtship, the moment you first knew he or she was “the one,” the proposal, plans for your future, etc. Whatever you write in it, just make sure your future spouse does not read it.On the wedding day, the couple performs the love letter ceremony in which their sealed love letters are ceremonially locked into a box along with a bottle of wine, two wine goblets and other memorabilia or mementos they have selected. These keepsakes could include photos of the couple, some flower petals thrown by the flower girl during the actual ceremony or a vial of sand – the sky’s the limit.
Following the wedding, the locked love letter box should be displayed in a central location in the couple's home to serve as a constant reminder of the love they share for one another. The all important key should be kept in a safe place to ensure the box can be unlocked and the contents enjoyed at the agreed upon time. Once the box has been unlocked and the contents enjoyed, write new letters, replace the wine and lock away for the next special occasion.
Don’t drink wine? Pick another drink you both enjoy. It could be a bottle of the champagne that will be served at your wedding reception, an expensive bottle of scotch or liquor – you can make your love letter box completely personalized to who you are as a couple. (Just make sure whatever you choose fits inside the box along with your letters, goblets and mementos.)
Add special meaning to your wedding ceremony and start a new tradition in your family with a wedding love letter ceremony.