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 2
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 drinking them.
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
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 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.”
He may also announce that immediately after the service
others may drink the new wine of their commitment to one
life if they so desire. Or Rose wine served at the reception
to mark this ceremony.
Dr. JK Schwehm New Orleans, La.