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The Chocolate Wine Ceremony

March 6, 2012

A Non-denominational Wedding Ceremony Tradition

If you love the idea of having a personally meaningful ceremony- something that adds an element of the sacredness to your wedding, this unique ceremony may be just what you are looking for. It is a way for a couple to express the bond they were forming. There is also a  kind of innocent sexiness in a way that is appropriate for family but speaks deeply to the couple participating in this ceremony.

"There will come in your life days of great sweetness, and days of bitter sorrow. There will be celebrations, and there will be tears. There will be triumphs, and there will be tragedies. Life holds indescribable happiness in store for you both - and unavoidable pain, as well. And so to symbolize your acceptance of this reality, today you will share the bitter and the sweet, just as you will share them in the years to come. Both of you will now share this bitter, dark chocolate. Taste in it the dark days which will rock your marriage and test its strength. It represents disappointment, illness, grief. Know that these hard times will come, and with them, the opportunity to deepen your bond as husband and wife"

Other Variations of a Wine Ceremony include:

  • One ceremony is to pour a glass of wine, talk about its aging and mellowing and about sharing wine together, then each the bride and groom drink from it.  We've seen couples pass the wine glass to their family members as a remembrance of the history of their families, now united.
  • Another version of the wine ceremony is that 2 glasses are poured and the bridal couple drinks while their arms are locked.  This is a little tricky, so you want to practice this before the big day!
  • The Jewish wedding calls for drinking wine and then taking a glass, wrapped in a cloth, and crushing it underfoot.
  • Another variation is having a glass of red wine and a glass of white wine. The Couple drink from each glass and then they pour their wine together in a separate glass, and the new glass of wine looked like a rosé.  The officiate talks about the color of their wines and the blending of their hearts together to become one. 

You can even use your own imagination and come up with something even more unique to the two of you!  One couple chose to have Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

Photo Courtesy of: Project Wedding

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