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Update Time!

Hello folks!

It’s clear I’ve entered the stage where I’m working more on the wedding itself than updating the blog

A few fun updates!

  • We have found our cake designer!  A pair of cousins (a baker and designer) are going to team up to provide our two-tier cake.  We will be meeting with them in the next few weeks to talk about what we want; but we’re going to have them surprise us with the final design!
  • The dress is coming along smashingly.  My silk should be arriving today, and I’m excited about the patterns.  There have been a few challenges, but I am confident the dress will be beautiful and done in time for the wedding.
  • We plan to send invitations out this weekend.  We’re having a few challenges with the design, but we are sure it will turn out in the end.
  • The ceremony is written, and we will be meeting with the pastor at the end of the month to hash out details.
  • For budget reasons we’ve decided to tone down the candy bar and make it more of a delightful end feature to the buffet.  We’re honing in on menu choices!

I’ll post pictures of dress progress as it happens!

April 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Handfasting

Alchaun and I have decided to do a handfasting ceremony instead of the more traditional vows.  For those of you unfamiliar, handfasting is the traditional European ceremony where the couple’s hands are tied together using cords.  It is likely to be where the phrase “to tie the knot” comes from.

While modern handfasting is commonly practiced with Pagans, it is also becoming a more popular ceremony in more traditional weddings, and the actual ceremony itself doesn’t necessarily have Pagan elements.  The reason we chose it was that it is a departure from the usual ceremony we’ve all heard a million times, and the vows seem to be more realisic.

For example, a 6 cord handfasting ceremony can read like this:

[Groom’s Name], Will you cause her pain?
I May
Is that your intent?
No

[Bride’s Name], Will you cause him pain?
I may
Is that your intent?
No

*To Both*
Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
Yes

And so the binding is made. Join your hands
*First cord is draped across the bride and grooms hands*

[Bride’s Name], Will you share his laughter?
Yes

[Groom’s Name], Will you share her laughter?
Yes

*To Both*
Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
Yes

And so the binding is made.
*Second chord is draped across the couples hands*

[Bride’s Name], Will you burden him?
I may
Is that your intent?
No

[Groom’s Name], Will you burden her?
I may
Is that your intent?
No

*To Both*
Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?
Yes

And so the binding is made.
*Drape third chord across the couples hands*

[Bride’s Name], will you share his dreams?
Yes

[Groom’s Name], will you share her dreams?
Yes

*To Both*
Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?
Yes

And so the binding is made.
*Drape fourth chord across the couples hands*

[Groom’s Name], will you cause her anger?
I may
Is that your intent?
No

[Bride’s Name], will you cause him anger?
I may
Is that your intent?
No

*To Both*
Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?
We Will

And so the binding is made.
*Drape fifth chord across the couples hands*

[Bride’s Name], Will you honor him?
I will

[Groom’s Name], Will you honor her?
I will

*To Both*
Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?
We shall never do so

And so the binding is made.
*Drape sixth chord across the couples hands*

*Tie chords together while saying:*
The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords but instead by your vows. Either of you may drop the chords, for as always, you hold in your own hands the making of breaking of this union.

*Once chords are tied together they are removed and placed on altar*

I like it.  Plus, it means i get to make cords!

November 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm 4 comments

Music

Music is going to be a difficult decision.  For most of the reception the music will be provided via rock band, but for the ceremony?  I want something nice, but I don’t quite know where to go.  

I had liked an instrumental FF7 deal, but I don’t want to be all up on copying Leslie, and the songs I like are a bit too mellow for the style ceremony we’re having.  

One thing I thought would be kind of funny would be Vitamin String Quartet.  They even do  I’m Yours which is our song.  What do you think?  (Click the link to get the song)

April 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm 4 comments


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