Justice of the Peace Alan Ulrich JP


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"Wine, Box, and Love Letter" Ceremony

My fellow Justice of the Peace, Carol J. Merletti (www.WeddingofYourDesire.com), created a ceremony she calls the “Wine, Box, and Love Letter Ceremony”  As Carol says Basically the JP or officiant asks the couple getting married to find a strong wooden box that will hold a bottle of wine and two wine glasses. The couple is then asked to each write a letter to one another, expressing their thoughts about the good qualities that they found in their future partner and their reasons for falling in love with each other. Under no condition can they read each others letter. They are to seal them and put them in the box with the wine and glasses. Upon finalizing the wedding ceremony, the officiant will announce to the guests that he / she had asked the couple to write letters to each other and put them in the box with the wine and glasses. The officiant  will explain that should the couple ever find their marriage in serious trouble, before making any irrational decisions, they must open the box, drink wine together, and read the letter that they wrote to one another to reflect on why they fell in love with each other in the first place. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have to open the box, unless of course, it is for a 10th year anniversary!

In May, I officiated Adam and Ashley’s wedding ceremony at the Sculpture Park at DeCordova Museum in Lincoln.  Adam has a wicked sense of humour and instead of using the traditional wooden box as Carol suggests, chose to use the metal and glass box that typically contains a fire extinguisher.

Choose to make your ceremony unique by adding your own creative touches!