Paganism / Handfasting / Rituals
All You Need Is Love
Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your life. Yet for many Pagans, planning a wedding presents a unique set of challenges. You don’t want to alienate your friends and family by freaking them out with your “alternative” religion, but you want to declare your love for each other in a way that honors your beliefs.
Maybe you’re Pagan, but your beloved isn’t — how are you going to come up with a ceremony that honors both of your spiritual paths? Perhaps you want to incorporate some Pagan elements into your ceremony, but don’t want to ruffle the feathers of your conservative family. Or maybe you want an all-out ritual, but you just can’t find many good examples to give you ideas.
Help has arrive in the form of two Pagan authors who have performed dozens of handfasting ceremonies. Handfasting and Wedding Rituals has everything you need to plan the perfect Pagan wedding. You’ll find advice and examples to help you with planning the basic wedding, writing the vows, and constructing the rituals, along with practical tips and great ideas about everything from low-cost wedding favors to candle and bonfire safety.
Handfasting and Wedding Rituals also includes sixteen full rites honoring a wide variety of Pagan traditions. Rituals can be used exactly as printed or modified to fit your needs, whether you are interested in a faery wedding, tarot handfasting, peasant tradition handfasting, Druidic handfasting, Celtic sacred grove handfasting, heathen marriage rite, Grecian wedding, warrior’s wedding, or even a Pagan handfasting vow renewal. There are also three examples of handparting rituals if you and your partner wish to formally part ways. Rituals are labeled level one, two, or three depending on their level of overt Pagan content and degree of participation expected from your guests.
All you need is love — and a little planning — to have the perfect Pagan wedding.
Raven Kaldera (Massachusetts) is a Pagan minister and has been writing in other genres for over a decade. Tannin Schwartzstein (Massachusetts) is a legally ordained independent interfaith Pagan minister and head honcho of an occult shop. Ravin and Tannin are also the authors of The Urban Primitive: Paganism in the Concrete Jungle.