A dear friend of mine mentioned a tradition she'd seen at a wedding she'd been to recently. She's not getting married, nor is she really paying attention to details at weddings, but this one stuck with her for some reason. She mentioned love letters, a wooden box, two wine glasses and a bottle of wine. It's supposed to work something like a unity candle or pouring grains of sand into one vessel. But when she explained it to me, I liked it more than these two options. And so did Mr. CB.
The tradition goes something like this: The couple writes love letters to each other. In their letters, they detail why they fell in love with each other and what they really, truly admire about the other person. The letters get sealed up before they are read by the person they are intended for.
Mr. Cowboy Boot and I were immediately drawn to this tradition. We love wine and can think of several vineyards that mean something to us. If times were tumultuous down the road, I could see those certain wine-bottle labels bringing us back to more care-free days and to the things we love about each other.
where we got engaged), we spent a few nights in this gorgeous agriturismo in Tuscany called Torraccia di Chiusi. Every day we walked on an old pilgrimage road through vineyards and stone houses into the town of San Gimignano where we did a very Italian tradition: fare una passeggiata every evening. That means to take a walk. Simply stroll and enjoy the atmosphere, the people, the stores, the language.
Those are some of our favorite memories. And, if we ever needed to break open The Box, we'd be reminded of this. And, of being with each other in a foreign environment where we had hurdles, but mainly just romance.
Are you including any symbolic traditions in your ceremony? If so, what?