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Everything You Need to Know About Having a Wine Box Ceremony During Your Wedding

Getting married at a vineyard? Here's a fun addition to your ceremony.

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Whether you're getting married in wine country or you and your future spouse share a love of good vino, incorporating a wine box ceremony into your wedding can be a fun secular addition. There are a few ways to pull this off, so here we cover the basics.

 

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How It Works

Adding a wine box ceremony to your nuptials is a lot of fun if you're looking for a secular ritual. During the ceremony, your officiant will explain what the wine box ceremony is, then you and your spouse will place a bottle in a special box to be opened on a specified date in the future. Then, you'll seal the box together.

 

How to Make It Interactive

The couple might opt to have the bottle passed through the audience for guests to each touch their hands on the bottle prior to sealing it, or they might have guests sign the box following the ceremony as a sort of guest book. Some couples opt to enclose notes to one another or to their future selves.

 

Selecting the Wine

If you're getting married at a vineyard, you might want to select a bottle from the location itself. Otherwise, you want to be sure you choose a bottle that'll age well over time within the storage options that are available to you. Some couples opt to pick out a bottle from the year of their marriage while others focus more on the type of wine or its locale.

 

Sealing the Box

There are a lot of custom wine box options out there, so you should have no trouble finding something that works for you. You might be able to find a sliding lid option so you don't have to worry about the seal taking up much time during the ceremony.

 

When to Open the Box

You'll probably want to chat with your wine seller about when to open the bottle you've used, as some wines may hit their best age sooner than you'd think. Most couples go with a five or ten year anniversary plan while others open their bottle following the birth of their first child or on a special holiday.