Triple Moon Ceremonies offers many unique, individualized pagan-based wedding ceremonies to couples.
A pagan wedding ceremony is totally different from any other type of wedding ceremony. As a communion with Nature, friends, family and the couple are joined together in the presence of the four quarters:
East (Air), South (Fire), West (Water) and North (Earth)
Everything on our planet, including ourselves, is comprised of a combination of the elements and our place in this world is determined by the four directions. Therefore, these quarters are recognized and acknowledged at the beginning of the ceremony. There will be an elemental blessing where it is asked that each element help the couple on their journey of growth.
The pagan wedding ceremony takes place within a sacred circle. The circle is symbolic of the cycles of life, a sacred place in which any negativity form the mundane world can be left outside and all the joy and love of the couple can be contained within. All items used in the ceremony are blessed. The date of the ceremony is usually chosen carefully with the moon phase, time and day in mind as they will have influence. If possible, the pagan wedding is held outdoors. The bride often wears red.
Alternatives to the pagan ceremony or other options that can be done in conjunction to the pagan ceremony are:
- Ring exchange. The exchange of rings is a traditional rite that has its roots in pagan ceremonies. Rings are a symbol of the circle of life and the sacred circle which the couple are standing in as they are wed. The rings will be blessed and will be a protection for the couple. The rings will be placed on the ring finger of the left hand, the side of the body that holds the heart. The rings are also a symbol of the promises they make to each other and a token of their love.
- Vows. At all weddings, traditional or pagan, it is important for the couple to make a pledge of love to strengthen their union. Vows can be written by the individuals themselves or they can be designed by Triple Moon Ceremonies with the individuals in mind.
- Handfasting. Originally, handfasting was a ceremony performed by a couple who wanted to be bound to each other for a limited time—usually a year and a day. This would be equivalent to an engagement. The couple would forsake all others for the time frame and love only one another. If, at the end of the time frame they wanted to formalize the union, a wedding ceremony was done. Triple Moon Ceremonies will perform either an ‘engagement’ handfasting or make it part of the wedding ceremony—to ‘tie the knot’ or unite the couple in the ‘bonds of matrimony’.
- Stone blessings. Stones are very powerful. They hold the past as they are ancient and are very beautiful. They are of earth and are a direct link between the physical and spiritual worlds. During the ceremony, the couple may choose to stand in a stone circle. Or, a special stone or stones can be passed around to all the celebrants to receive their blessings. These stones are powerful talismans and are a great keepsake. Their power can be tapped at difficult times in a marriage and charged at all special moments like the birth of children and on anniversaries.
- Jumping the Broom. As always, brooms are used for cleaning and sweeping. Therefore, they are a symbol of a new, clean start. When the bride and groom jump the broom at the end of the ceremony, they are putting the past behind them and are jumping together into their future together!
- Flowers and Herbs. Herbs and flowers have been included in weddings around the world for centuries. Traditionally, certain flowers were thought to bring couples luck, fidelity, fertility or long lasting love. Besides the traditional bouquet, herbs and flowers can be carried in a pocket, stuffed in the ring pillow, sewn into the hem of the wedding dress or thrown by wedding guests. A circlet of myrtle (for love and fertility) may be worn on the bride’s head. Couples may want to plant a tree to represent longevity and enduring love which will grow and mature. A rose exchange at the end of the ceremony can be done to symbolize the love that will last throughout their married life together.
- Drinking and eating. The couple drinks from a shared chalice or goblet so that they can finalize their pledges and ensure that they will never thirst in their hearts or minds. The couple will take a bite from the same piece of cake so that they can promise to feed one another both spiritually and emotionally. Both of these actions are a symbol of the promise to each other that whatever one lacks the other has to give and the wedding itself will nurture and be a wellspring of love.
Note: Triple Moon Ceremonies celebrants are not authorized marriage commissioners. They perform ceremonies only for individuals who wish to have a common law or adult interdependent relationship only.
Please note, we routinely perform our wedding ceremonies together with an Alberta Marriage Commissioner. Please let us know if this is what you would require and we will arrange this for you.
We do stress that the distinctions between common law relationships and a legal wedding are only necessary for couples who are not planning to stay together.
For more information on Common Law Relationships click here.
Other Things We Do
We offer pre-wedding purification rituals (of the couples and the wedding space) and also perfect love rituals. We can offer advice on location, caterers, photographers and even dress. The entire ceremony can be planned by Triple Moon Ceremonies, if desired.
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