A wine ceremony is a great way to add a non-religious ritual to your wedding ceremony. And with so many weddings being held at our beautiful Central Virginia wineries and cideries it is a lovely touch. The basic symbolism of a Wine Ceremony is that no matter what life brings… the sweet things (represented by one wine ) or the bitter & difficult things (represented by the 2nd wine) we will face them together!
Here is an example of some words that might be spoken for a wine ceremony but your Officiant can provide many more options:
“The years of life have indeed, much happiness, joy, hope and goodness, of which this sweet wine is a token. We ask that you drink of it together, and as you do, earnestly seek the power and wisdom to use all the pleasure and prosperity that may come to you with gratitude and modesty, with sympathy for those less fortunate than yourselves.”
(Groom takes a sip, then passes it to Bride, who then gives it back to the minister)
“As you have shared the wine from these goblets, so may you share your lives. May you find life’s joys heightened, its bitterness sweetened, and all of life enriched by a constant love.”