Wine Ceremony

Couple Only

 Officiant: uncorks a bottle of wine the couple has chosen and pours a single glass to share

A good wine, like a good marriage, is the result of many years of hard work. There is the unhurried nurturing of the vine and tender care of the grape, thoughtful mix of ingredients, patient fermenting — yielding the unique flavors of each passing year.

So let this first glass of wine that you taste together celebrate all that has brought you to this moment, expressing hope and faith in the commitments you have made here today. And let it symbolize for you how sharing the partnership of marriage not only doubles the sweetness of life, but also lightens the burden of its bitterness by half.

 

Officiant: gives glass to groom who holds it for bride to sip; she then holds it for groom to sip

To the bountiful harvest of your life together.

 

This portion of the vows will be inserted after

The Vows & Presentation of the Rings Section

on your preference of the standard civil or spiritual vows.

 

With Parents

 Parents: The fathers uncork the bottles. The mother of the bride pours a glass for the groom and for herself and her husband. At the same time, the mother of the groom pours a glass for the bride and for herself and her husband.

 

Officiant: A good wine, like a good marriage, is the result of many years of hard work. There is the unhurried nurturing of the vine and tender care of the grape, thoughtful mix of ingredients, patient fermenting — yielding the unique flavors of each passing year.

This wedding represents a blending of two families, the (Family Name)s and the (Family Name)s, separate until now, but united from this day forward. The traditions of both families have grown through time, maturing and mellowing like fine aged wine, eventually to be shared with those most precious to us. Today the character of each family is enriched as the vines of both family vineyards now extend and cross to create a wonderful new varietal.

Officiant: (To Groom’s parents: Mother’s Name & Father’s Name), do you offer this couple your goodwill? And do you toast (Bride) in welcome as a member of your family and give her your love and affection?

Groom’s Parents: We do.

(Groom’s parents tap glasses with and sip a toast with the bride.)

 

Officiant: (To Bride’s parents: Mother’s Name & Father’s Name), do you offer this couple your goodwill? And do you toast (Groom) in welcome as a member of your family and give him your love and affection?

 

Bride’s Parents: We do.

(Bride’s parents tap glasses with and sip a toast with the groom.)

 

Officiant: To the bountiful harvest of their life together. And may this toast symbolize for all how sharing the partnership of marriage not only doubles the sweetness of life, but also lightens the burden of its bitterness by half.

(All tap glasses around and sip a toast with bride and groom. The parents are seated, and the wedding ceremony continues.)

This portion of the vows will be inserted after

The Declaration of Intent

on your preference of the standard civil or spiritual vows.