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Every single item was hand selected, fabricated, altered and curated with meaning and intention. Continue reading. Tiffany and Jared's wedding was inspired by their eclectic tastes and their mutual love of world travel. They also incorporated elements of paganism, and The Grateful Dead! Continue reading For their August wedding Laura and Holly wanted a day that felt like them, so that meant witchy, romantic, feminine, pagan and inspired by nature. Their ceremony was one of the most important moments to them both. It took place at Cottiers Theatre , a converted church in Glasgow.
She and her wife, Susan, were the first lesbian couple to be married in Scotland when equal marriage became legal. This was our main reason for picking her as she was able to pass on the baton. Susan came to say hello to both of us after the ceremony too. It was very personal. Our celebrant asked us to write down three things we loved about each other which she read on the day.
Because laws vary greatly from location to location, a good place to begin your research is at U. For other countries please check your local government. For same-sex unions to be recognized, this has been an uphill battle for many.
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While I personally advocate for the legalization and recognition of same-sex marriage, the current reality is that you may have to settle for a commitment ceremony or civil union ceremony for the time being until the rest of the world comes to its senses. But this does not mean that you cannot have a handfasting. Remember, the Gods do not discriminate — if you take a vow with a loved one to be joined in unity during a handfasting, you most certainly will be married in the eyes of the Gods.
Government laws have been slow to catch up. Oh and by the way, none of the above is intended to be used as legal advice. Is there one set ceremony for a handfasting, or are there options to help tailor the ceremony for a particular bride and groom?
The most important aspect of the handfasting ritual, after the intent of course, is the cords. Traditionally in much of cord magic including handfastings , cords may be nine feet in length, with each end knotted or bound with thread to prevent fraying. A natural substance such as cotton or silk is ideal. In many initiation ceremonies, cords are measured as per the length height of the persons involved in the rite; however, the numbers 3 and 9 are very magical and can be incorporated simply by using a cord that is 9 feet or 3 meters long, which is totally acceptable. In handfasting cords, traditionally, 3 cords are used, each a different color: white for purity or a "clean slate" , blue for fidelity, and red for passion.
For instance, the bride may love the color pink and be using it as one of her wedding colors. Pink would be a lovely color to use in the cords as well. Magically, pink symbolizes love. Or you can incorporate a green cord, which symbolizes fertility and growth. My husband and I used a purple cord - I love purple, which symbolizes spiritual strength. Not to mention that it was one of our wedding colors! Some people braid the three cords together, others only use one cord. It's up to you!
The best way to pick out cords is to use your intuition along with your intent. You can never go wrong with that. What would you say is the biggest misconception about handfasting? Considering handfastings are just now experiencing a revival, not many people have had the chance to create false impressions about the ritual.
For those who may have heard of handfastings however, there may be a misconception about the original handfasting, or the betrothal, to have lasted a year and a day. This somehow may have been incorporated into the subconscious minds of some Wiccans and Pagan folk, and they may have come to the conclusion that the old betrothals, or the promise to marry, were also exactly a year and a day.
But to the best of my knowledge there is no definitive proof of the handfastings of old to be exactly a year and a day.