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Wine and Card Ceremony

When Ginger and Fred first met, she introduced him to wine, and since then they have enjoyed many bottles together.  On this, their wedding day, Ginger and Fred have written each other private letters. They will now put them away in this box with this bottle of wine. This is one bottle that is to be enjoyed on one very special occasion, on their 25th wedding anniversary. 25 years from now, you may open the bottle and read each other’s letters and reminisce about today, May 29th 2011

Marriage can be difficult at times and your patience may be tested; and God forbid, you may even have tough times. However, before you let anything come between the two of you, take the time and open the wine and read each other’s letters. Remember how in love you were this day, and get back to the love you feel for one another in this moment.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

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Here are samples of blessings and readings as well as sand, candle and other ceremony components you might be interested in

Oh, the Places You Will go

Apache Wedding Blessing

Assorted prayers and blessings

Handfasting ceremony

A Love Poem

Mount Washington Metaphor

True Lover's Knot ceremony

Wine and Card Exchange

The Heart of it/Right Fold

The Loving Cup Exchange

The Rose Ceremony

The Flower Ceremony (for children)

Sand ceremony

Sand ceremony with children

Sand ceremony for vow renewal

Stone Ceremony

Five twists on the unity ceremony

 

Traditional "breaking of the glass", photo by Brian Post Photography

 

Breaking of the glass:

At this time, David will complete our ceremony with the breaking of the glass. This custom has many meanings. The most important to our grooms is the symbolizing of the destruction of the past and the embracing of the future.

As David breaks the glass, we ask that you participate by saying “Mazel Tov!” As most of you know, Mazel Tov is a term which Jewish people use in times of celebration as a way of expressing congratulations and good luck.

However, the term comes from astrology. The literal translation means “good stars.” So, David and Lee, we are invoking good stars on your behalf. Not only today but for all of your tomorrows.

David breaks glass

 

This is a neat website that is worth taking a look at, if you are looking to do an outside or off-beat wedding. 

 

Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever 

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

 

The often incorrectly attributed "Dr. Seuss Quote"

“We’re all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone
whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall
into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
― Robert Fulghum