Wedding Traditions :: Birth Year Wine

A wedding is a tradition in and of itself, but within a wedding there are many opportunities for a couple to connect to their history, heritage, family, and values. We’re excited about our new series, Wedding Traditions, where real brides and grooms share the traditions they included in their big day, and what the tradition means to them.


Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher 

Austin’s parents had a tradition where they gave a large bottle of wine to each of their children from their respective birth year to open on a special occasion. Since Austin can remember, he’s had a Jeroboam of 1987 Chateau d’Yquem. When we got engaged, we realized our wedding night was the perfect time to open it – to share such a special treat with all of our closest friends and family.


After dinner, Austin gave a sweet toast and told the story of the wine, and we were able to give each guest a little taste. Since his father is no longer with us, it was a wonderful way to honor him while also having our guests join in such a memorable tradition.

We can’t wait to continue this tradition with our children someday!




Did you include any meaningful traditions in your wedding? Send us a pic and a paragraph at HELLO@SNIPPETANDINK.COM.

1 comment

  • What an incredible tradition!! Personalization is so important to couples + often they spend too much time thinking about creating details that will leave a lasting impression – dance floor decals, custom napkins, etc – forgetting that often the opportunity to invite someone into your story – like sharing your birth year wine – is the kind of detail that stays with guests for years to come.

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