Written by JK Schwehm
Red wine and white wine in a small carafe is placed next to an empty carafe with a wineglass on a small table near the
couple. The center carafe, called the Marriage Carafe is sometimes a bit larger than the two outside "individual"
carafes. Alternatively there would be two carafes and one empty glass. If the individual carafes are carried in the Wedding
Processional the Marriage Carafe or Wine Glass is already sitting on the table and only the two individual filled carafes
are carried forth.
When the Wine Ceremony is done music can be played or there can be no music at all.
The Wine Ceremony can be divided into two parts. The presenting of the two individual carafes filled with red and white
wine to be placed on the table near the larger empty carafe during the processional. Then part two the pouring of the two
separate wines into the empty carafe and drinking the combined wine by the wedding couple. Part two follows the exchange of
vows. The ceremony can be one part with the wine already sitting on the table and the couple just combining the wines before
Part One can take place during the Wedding Processional with one of the attendants on both sides carrying the red or white
carafe and placing it on the table. Or a bit earlier the parents of the couples come forward with a bottle of wine and fill
the smaller carafes already on the table just before they are seated and then the wedding processional starts.
After the vows the Officiant announces " We Now Shall Perform the Wine Ceremony" The couple goes to the table
and each takes the individual carafe and pours some wine into the larger carafe. The groom then takes the larger filled carafe
with the combined wine and pours some in a glass for the bride. The bride then takes the Larger Carafe with the combined wines
and pours some into a glass for the Groom. He may now toast his bride with, " Now Our Lives Are One" and drinks
from the glass she responds the same. They place the wineglass back and face back to the officiant. Who states.
"This Ceremony represents the two individual lives that are now combined like the two wines into one single life.
The drinking of the combined wine signifies the commitment you now make to live your lives as one family. May you remember
this day of commitment you have sealed with drinking of the new wine joining your lives as one."
This heartwarming addition can be added to the Civil ceremony or any other for a personal touch. It can also be used in an
outdoor wedding in place of the Untiy Candle due to variable winds or a county imposed burn ban.