The couple each take a carafe of wine and each pour some into a single glass, which they both drink from. This symbolizes drinking from the cup of life and sharing all of its experiences together, both bitter and sweet.
I have seen this done with red and white wine, combining to make a rose coloured cup to share. A hugely over-sized wine glass would be great for photos!
STATEMENT by Officiant
This glass of wine symbolizes the sum of your life experiences.
It contains within it the sweet flavors of love, joy, wonder and contentment.
This same cup, at times, holds the bitter taste of sadness, pain, and despair.
When you drink deeply of this cup of life, you invite the full spectrum of experiences into your life.
As you drink from this cup, you accept the commitment to draw from your marriage all that you need to wash away the bitter flavors of life and to savor the sweet flavors you may encounter on your journey together.