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Pagan wedding??
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Post # 1
Sorry if it has already been spoken, but I'd be thankful if someone can tell me some pagan ritual for a wedding, it will be better if it's from celtic rituals, but if not it doesn't really matter
thanks in advance!
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Re: Pagan wedding??
By: / Novice
Post # 2
I'd say if you are looking for Celtic paganism specifically, head over to the Druidry (or ism can't remember off the top of my head) forum thread category, seeing as though Druidry is Celtic.
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Re: Pagan wedding??
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Post # 3
I wrote here because I'm searching something between celtic and nordic or something like that, more concerned to the deities than to the equilibre and the nature, and I think in nordic religion it's easier to find rituals more similar to the originals, because there's much more information
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Re: Pagan wedding??
By: / Novice
Post # 4
Ah okay understandable. Unfortunately I cannot find any examples of a Pagan wedding ritual.
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Re: Pagan wedding??
By: / Novice
Post # 5
I personally think hand fastening is great. Hopefully I'll never have to,jump the broom (that's another ritual for marriage too) but for me a hand fastening. The U.L.C. (universal life Church) is the online ordinations church,they've also got really cool books through them,i ve seen a wedding book... maybe check them out,you could ordain a special minister for the special day...
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Re: Pagan wedding??
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 6
It is usually assumed that everybody got married. Before the rise of Christianity that was simply not true. Only Royalty, Nobility,and the very rich, actually got married in the true sense of "marriage". Marriage was to join two families together. To increase land ownership, or to create an Heir to a throne. Ordinary people, the "peasantry", did not marry in that sense. With friends and relatives as witnesses, the couple vowed to live together, and raise a family.
They performed a "ceremony". They would hold hands and jump together over a small fire; to signify the "warmth of their love, and the warmth of the home."
Still holding hands they would jump over a broom laid on the ground, to signify the household they would share.
That was the start of the Hand Fasting ceremony of today.
Even today, here in Yorkshire, an unmarried couple living together are known to be "Living over the brush".
I have watched a few Hand Fasting ceremonies; and they are just as beautiful as any church wedding.
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Re: Pagan wedding??
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Post # 7
There's a ceremony in which the couple ties their hands together with ribbon. Hence the term "tying the knot." I'm not sure which tradition it came from, but there are books on handfasting rituals. "Romantic Guide to Handfasting" by Anne Franklin would be a good book to look into.
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Re: Pagan wedding??
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 8

This website has some interesting background information about how weddings were performed in Scandinavia: http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/wedding.shtml

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Re: Pagan wedding??
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Post # 9
Thank you everyone,I'll start searching what you've told me
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Re: Pagan wedding??
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 10
My post was only about Europe,of course! There would have been other "wedding" ceremonies in other parts of the world.
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