Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera's Blessing
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Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera's Blessing

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For Pagans who are getting married or handfasted and want to create their own meaningful ceremony, this book contains original, never-before-published rites from more than two dozen Pagan traditions. Plus, it grades all rituals as to their level of non-Pagan acceptance. Assemble the wide variety of mix-and-match ritual segments into the perfect wedding. Between them, the a...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 8th 2003 by Llewellyn Publications (first published December 1st 2003)
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Sarah
A phenomenal and amazing book, a MUST HAVE for anyone planning a handfasting, thinking about a handfasting, or looking to learn more about a handfasting. It is excellent and I can't recommend it highly enough.

I loved this book is because it is so diverse. There is an entire chapter on interfaith weddings, which includes pagan weddings with Christian (Catholic and Prodestant), Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions. There is also an entire chapter specifically on handfastings with two me...more
Cara
I checked this book out from the library after doing a search for Llewellyn books in the collection. I skimmed through a lot of this book, but read in detail certain parts that looked interesting to me. I think it may be very helpful in planning the ceremonial aspects of my future wedding! Definitely worth the read if you are stumped as to what to say. I wish it had more of what they call "level 1" stuff - things to say if you want to keep the pagan-y aspects toned down for the family attending,...more
Brad Byers
I recommend this book over all others on the market in regards to planning pagan weddings and handfastings.


Kaldera covers all things that need consideration. The planning, the place, the guests.........comfort levels of your guests and participants.

Best of all Kaldera takes a very gender neutral approach. Kaldera addresses and acknowledges GLBT individuals (being one himself), and considerations that need to be taken into account regarding a GLBT ceremony.

Kaldera also addresses the topic of in...more
Lisa
Aug 16, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that wants a great Wiccan wedding or merely some good ideas.
Recommended to Lisa by: I found it in the New Age section of Barnes & Noble
I purchased this book because, at the time, I was preparing for my wedding and wanted to incoporate some special themes into it. Reading through it gave me a myriad of ideas and it all honored things that were special to me. When the time comes, it will only add to the beauty that any good wedding should have, mine included.

As an ordained rabbi, it's important for me to be able to write my own ceremonies for the people that I marry. This book helped me prepare a lovely ceremony for a dear frien...more
Levia
Great book that has full length ritual ideas for handfastings (pagan weddings). I used it when planning my own handfasting years ago.
Katherine
I guess I expected more from this book. I wanted a book that would help me plan the entire handfasting/wedding. Unfortunately, this book is only helpful if you are trying to come up with the wording for that actual ceremony. Since we have an officiant that has preformed numerous handfastings, this is something that I wasn't as interested in. I would have liked more information about ideas for decorations, invitations, lore, etc. There is so much more to planning a wedding than just the wording o...more
Janet
This whole thing started because my best friend wanted to know why weddings had flower girls. Originally the plan was to show her the blurb on flower girls and return the book, but I got to paging through it and ended up reading it in its entirety. I don’t know anything about Neopaganism (or Paganism, or Heathenism, or whatever the current PC term is), and this is a fascinating glimpse into one small aspect. The ceremonies are simple, very nature-oriented, and much more personal than the traditi...more
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
I definitely got some good ideas from this book. It covers some really difficult topics, including having a pagan wedding without offending your conservative Christian relatives, which is really useful. I also like that it covers a variety of pagan paths. Too often I find that pagan books are 95% Wiccan, and if you're not Wiccan, the book isn't terribly relevant to you. But this book had elements of many different traditions, so I think it could provide inspiration to any pagan planning a handfa...more
Stephanie
Helpful for creating a ceremony from scratch... I feel much more prepared to write our ceremony script and vows. The LGBTQ chapters, divorce, an theatrical chapters were interesting but not useful for me.
Scarlet Blu
This book was terrific! It covered a wide variety of ideas, options, traditions and techniques for constructing a Wedding or Handfasting ceremony for just about any situation and any couple. This was probably the greatest resource I had when my husband and I created our own public wedding ceremony. A must have for any pagan bride, groom or clergyperson!
Jessica
There are lots of great ideas in here! There are even suggestions for polyamorous ceremonies. My favorite part was that the various suggestions were rated levels 1-3 for how pagan they were. My one issue was that the writing seems to be aimed more at officiants than happy couples.
Guin
If you want to start performing handfastings/weddings, this book is a good place to start. There's a lot of information and guidelines to help guide you through designing the perfect wedding ceremony for each couple. There are even complete ceremonies included.
Jaina Bee
A fine and detailed source for alternative commitments, including many variations on "mixed" marriages (pagan/catholic, pagan/jewish, pagan/atheist…) , a rainbow of gender combos, and weddings involving three or more spice (that's plural for spouse, right?).
Amanda
It wasn't worth it. I got this to suggest some ways for my multi religious ceramony and for suggestions to not upset my christian family...I was disappointed.
Blackcatmoon66
I really thought this book would be more about handfasting rather then blessings and such FOR handfasting. A bit disappointing.
Jen
Preparation for Aaron and Laura's October wedding where I am officiating...
Katharine
A great resource if you're planning an nontraditional wedding.
Sarah
Wasn't what we were looking for.
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Aug 30, 2011 Calynn marked it as to-read
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