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For this wedding unity ceremony, the couple each writes a love letter to the other before the wedding. During the love letter ceremony vows are spoken, and the letters are put into a box and sealed; either nailed closed by the couple and the minister or double locked with different locks, each having one key. On the couple’s first anniversary the box is opened and each read the letter written to them by their spouse. (The box can also contain a bottle of wine, photos and other mementos.)
A bell is rung on the wedding day, the happiest day of the couple's lives and then is placed in a central location in the home. If the couple starts to argue, one of them can ring the truce bell, reminding them both of that happiness and hopefully ending the disagreement quickly.