On the wedding day, the couple performs the love letter ceremony in which their sealed love letters are ceremonially locked into a box along with a bottle of wine, two wine goblets and other memorabilia or mementos they have selected. These keepsakes could include photos of the couple, some flower petals thrown by the flower girl during the actual ceremony or a vial of sand – the sky’s the limit.
The officiant of the wedding will share with wedding guests the only two circumstances when the couple will unlock and reveal the contents and love letters to one another.
If time passes and serious doubts about their relationship cause the marriage to falter (hard to believe at this point, but unfortunately it happens sometimes), they should unlock the box together, drink the wine, read the loving words from each other and be reminded of their joy on the day of their wedding and the reasons they decided to marry and commit to be together “till death do us part…”
If the couple is fortunate enough to never encounter the first circumstance, they will open the box on the occasion of a predetermined significant wedding anniversary or milestone in their marriage (such as their five or ten year anniversary).
Following the officiant’s remarks, the couple presents their sealed love letters, along with the selected bottle of wine, goblets and other mementos. Once the contents are in place, the box is locked with a key to symbolize the vows of love and commitment the couple have made to one another.
Following the wedding, the locked love letter box should be displayed in a central location in the couple's home to serve as a constant reminder of the love they share for one another. The all important key should be kept in a safe place to ensure the box can be unlocked and the contents enjoyed at the agreed upon time. Once the box has been unlocked and the contents enjoyed, write new letters, replace the wine and lock away for the next special occasion.