I keep a copy of every wedding ceremony I’ve ever written, so I looked back through previous years to find another example of a wedding time capsule that differed significantly from the one I shared in The Wedding Time Capsule on June 20.
Rather than family and friends coming forward to add items to their time capsule, the bride and groom placed a few items in a beautiful velvet-lined, inlaid wooden box sitting open on a table beside them.
(Bride and Groom) have an expectation of marriage that is realistic as well as romantic. They understand there are times when we have to work to remember the love between husband and wife has a past, a present and a future. At this time, I invite (Bride and Groom) to place their envelopes in this box. They have each written a letter to both their future selves and to one another. Neither has seen what the other has written although they know they speak of their shared hopes and dreams. May they see their dreams fulfilled when next they read these words.
(Bride), would you now place a memento from this day in your time capsule?
(Groom), would you now place a memento from this day in your time capsule?
Throughout the coming year, (Bride and Groom) will add tokens from their first year of marriage and then seal this box on their first wedding anniversary to be reopened on their tenth. I now place an envelope in the box to be opened on their tenth anniversary with instructions for preparing their time capsule for their twentieth anniversary.
(Bride and Groom), when you open this box in ten years, may you find yourselves even more in love than you are this day. May the memories remind you of a beautiful past, the fun of opening the box together bring you a joyful present, and the anticipation of sharing call to mind the potential that is your future together.
If you need help customizing a time capsule ritual and neither of these examples are quite right, you are always welcome to email me and I'm happy to assist with personalizing a ritual for you.