|Image courtesy of Nsdia D Photography via BetsyWhite|
The four elements are often placed in small bowls or glasses for tasting. They are:
~Sour (Lemon)- The couple tastes a bit of lemon that represents the individual sacrifice that each have to make within the marriage to be as one, which may cause sour feelings.
~Bitter (Vinegar)- The couple tastes a bit of vinegar that represents the bitterness that may develop within the relationship.
~Heat (Cayenne Pepper)- The couple tastes a bit of cayenne pepper that represents the heated arguments that a couple may have.
~Sweet (Honey)- The couple tastes a bit of honey that represents the sweetness in a marriage. More than that, it's a showing of how the couple can "weather the storm" of the sour, bitter, and heat of their marriage and remain in love (the sweetness).
I don't often get to see it performed myself, but I do get excited when I suggest it to my couples and they love the idea and what it represents. I think more couples should focus on the marriage and understand it takes work. After all, the wedding is just one day!