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What should I look for when choosing a wedding Celebrant?
What is the difference between a Humanist and a Celebrant?
Why would I choose a wedding Celebrant over a Registrar?
We married abroad but would like a ceremony in my home town, can this be done?
Is a Celebrant led wedding ceremony legally binding?
In which way are Celebrant led ceremonies personalised?
Should I have a Pagan Wedding Ceremony?
Pagan wedding ceremonies are steeped in history and date back thousands of years. With their strong spiritual connections and meaningful beliefs, they offer couples the opportunity to commit to each other in unique ways.
Pagan wedding ceremonies derive from the Paganism belief. They usually encompass three main religions and spiritual beliefs. Wicca – A nature orientated faith focusing on the lifecycle of the seasons. Druidry- Celtic storytelling traditions. And lastly Asatru- Think Vikings and the Nine Noble Virtues. Couples vow to honour, love and respect each other in a spiritual way.
So why would you have a Pagan Wedding Ceremony?
Well there are so many reasons why modern couples choose this option. Pagan ceremonies are normally held in outdoor spaces, so if you fancy wide open moorland or standing stones for your backdrop then this is for you! They focus on a couples personal and spiritual beliefs. And usually include the rituals of handfasting-creating a physical sacred bond between two people. Along with Jumping of the broom or Besom. Jumping of the broom or Besom symbolises the threshold the couple are about to cross in becoming married. This ritual is often chosen to symbolise the sweeping away of prejudice as well.
Many pagan couples choose the traditional Year and a day Handfasting ritual. Where couples commit their love and loyalty, then a year later will be handfasted again to commit, for a lifetime together. So you could have two ceremonies instead of just the one.
The guests at pagan ceremonies are often standing and form a circle around the couple. A gesture of community and belief. The location of such ceremonies may be sacred or blessed as part of the ceremony with burning of incense, laying of herbs or bell ringing.
You can personalise these ceremonies with carefully chosen handfasting cords. Or having each guest engrave or write on the broom for jumping. You can of course say vows and make promises too.
Want to find out more about pagan ceremonies? Contact your local celebrant.