So i wanted the most possible blinged out card box without spending a fortune. I finally finished...
I saw this post on one of the bride to bee's that I follow on blogger and thought it was totally awesome.
I don't know if any of you have heard of the "Love Letter Wine Box Ceremony". This is a ceremony that is gaining popularity in place of a traditional unity ceremony. The bride and groom each write each other a love letter, then during the ceremony, it's sealed into a box with a bottle of wine and 2 wine glasses. The idea is, if ever their marriage is in jeopardy, they should take out the box and drink the wine while reading each other's letters. It's sort of a last-ditch effort to save their failing relationship.
To me, that's a little depressing. I don't think it really sends good mojo on your wedding day if you have a ceremony that is basically to help save your marriage. Nobody really wants to think of their marriage not working ON their wedding day.
You could also write a love letter to each other by yourselves and just plan on opening it on a special anniversary.. but this girl on my blogger reader came up with a MUCH better idea!
She discovered something called the Anniversary Box. Picture this: During the rehearsal dinner, each guest is given a numbered card. They are asked to write a short letter to the couple on the card and seal it in an envelope. The cards are then placed in a box. The couple may read one card at each anniversary (the card whose number corresponds with the anniversary).
Derrick and I will purchase a box, a bottle of wine and put in two wine glasses and then put it on display at the rehearsal dinner. Before or after dinner, the guests will write their numbered notes and leave them in the box. Then, at each anniversary, we will open the box, drink the wine, and read one card from a loved one. After the anniversary is over, we will put in a new bottle of wine, seal it back up, and wait for the next anniversary.
I think it's a great way to incorporate our close family and friends into every single one of our anniversaries from now until 50.