Handfasting is an ancient Celtic wedding ritual in which the couple's hands are tied together with a ceremonial ribbon or cloth. It's often done in modern times with a beautiful ribbon the couple chooses. It's then tied in a bow with an opening loose enough so that the hands can come out freely, or simply draped across the hands. The couple saves the ribbon or cloth as a keepsake. Here are some words that can be said with handfasting:
“Robert and Nancy, as your hands are bound together now,
so your lives and spirits are joined in a union of love and trust.
Above you are the stars and below you is the earth.
Like the stars your love should be a constant source of light,
and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.”
Commitment ceremonies are a wonderful way to mark the union of two people to show their commitment to one another and can mean many different things to different people. Commitment ceremonies vary according to the wishes of each couple. It can look just like a traditionalwedding, complete with church, wedding gown and hundreds of guests, handfasting, or any other form, but without a marriage license. Some people cannot get married legally and some feel, although they can, that it isn't right for them. Or, it can be the most alternative event imaginable: a ritual to bless your relationship, or just a big party to celebrate your love. There are no laws or government involvements. It is a celebration of love; a huge bash with all your friends and relatives in attendance, an intimate exchange between you and your partner(s), vow renewals or a family rite of passage to strengthen the bonds between parents and children in a new unmarried step family — call it a commitment ceremony, a wedding, a ceremony of union, or anything else you like! Maria can make it happen! Call Rev. Maria today to help you have this memorable celebration that is specific to you both .
Maria can do blessings of any kind. Renewing your vows, renewing your commitment, house blessings or call with your wishes.
Baby Naming Ceremony
Some families look for a secular alternative to Baptisms and Christenings. Families who are either non-religious or religious but interested in including friends and relatives from multi-cultural backgrounds in a non-religious ceremony can hold a Baby Naming Ceremony. This is an increasingly popular event where parents can publicly welcome their child and their hopes and intentions for the child. Compared to a Baptism or Christening, a naming ceremony is more festive and can be held on any day of the week, at any time.
Like Baptisms or Christenings, you can have a Naming Ceremony at your house or at a neighborhood park. Things to think about when choosing your venue are any requirements for ceremonial centerpieces, number of chairs and tables.
Weddings for the Incarcerated
I know this isn’t your dream wedding, but I’m here to help you make it the best it can be. That’s right, I do perform weddings for the Incarcerated. Yes, there’s a few hoops you have to jump thru but they aren’t difficult. For instructions please give me a call or drop me an email.