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Handfasting Ceremony Scripts.

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A Modern Wiccan Handfasting Format and Script

  1. Set up: In a meaningful place, on a meaningful day, make a circle with rope or stones around the place where the couple and minister/officiant (or priest/priestess) will stand during the ceremony. If an altar will be used, prepare this with the spiritual symbols the couple wishes to use. You may also include the wedding rings (unless they will be presented by a guest), handfasting cord, candles, incense, or flowers. If a ceremonial fire will be used for the offerings, this can be set up ahead of the ceremony, or stones can be arranged in its place.
  2. Using a compass or the sun/stars, mark each of the four directions with a symbolic item corresponding with each cardinal direction's element. For example, decorate the eastern point with elements of air (incense, feathers, windchimes), the southern point with fire (candles, lanterns, or a small ceremonial fire), the western point with water (bowls or cups of water), and the northern point with earth (stones, clay sculpture or pottery, flowers).
  3. The officiant may walk the circle with incense or sage as guests arrive, connecting with the spiritual purpose of the day and the space, and preparing and cleansing the circle for the sacred event. The couple and the officiant should take this time to ground themselves.
  4. Guests may gather around but should remain seated or standing outside of the circle. The officiant and couple enter the circle, along with any additional people helping to wrap the cord or present gifts.
  5. When everyone has arrived, the minister greets the guests and calls upon the gods/goddesses, spirits, beloved dead, or ancestors. If there are gods or goddesses of specific importance to the couple, these can be named. If a list of deceased loved ones has been provided by the couple (sometimes called the mighty or beloved dead), the officiant can read these names aloud, calling on their spirits by name to join in the celebration.

The Handfasting Script

"Welcome, beloved friends and family. We've gathered here today beneath this open sky to celebrate and bless this union between these two souls. As we begin, let us call first upon the gods (specific deities can be named now if desired) and upon our ancestors. To the spirits of those who came before us and who gave us life, and those too who were once of this world and our family, our beloved dead. We ask that all those who wish to be here, join us."

"To the East! I call upon the spirits of the East, the spirits of air, whose energy brings communication and clear connections between heart, mind, and body. Bless us with the promise of growth and fresh beginnings.

To the South! I ask the spirits of the South, of fire, to bring the warmth of home and heat of passion, and a promise of light in darkness. Bless this union.

To the West! I call upon the West, spirits of water, that love be deep, forgiving, exciting, and passionate. We ask for the blessing and promise of healing, flexibility, and change.

To the North! I ask the spirits of the North, the spirits of earth, to bring blessings of steadiness and stability, and the promise of a true home."

Minister: What is your name?
Partner One answers.

Minister: What is your name?
Partner Two answers.

Minister: (Says name of the first partner), do you come here to be joined with (name of second partner)?

Partner One: I do, for they are the beloved of my heart.

Minister: (Says name of the second partner), do you come here to be joined with (name of first partner)?

Partner Two: I do, for they are the beloved of my heart.

Love like all things of this earth grows gradually, strengthening leaf by leaf and breath by breath with each new day. Bless this couple, that they may tend to their love as we tend to all things on this earth, with nurturing care and patience. Help them to grow love as boundless as the sky, as steadfast as the mountain, as bountiful as the field, as passionate as the sea, and as assuring as the light. All spirits, all of the earth, and all of us here, bless this couple with company and hope in their darkest days, and laughter and joy in their brightest. Bless them that their love may continue to grow, always, with each new day.

In this circle, joined by those you know, in front of gods and spirits, known and unknown, the welcome blessings of the four directions, and the ancestors, I announce you handfasted, united for as long as your love shall last.

We thank the spirits of the earth, gods and goddesses, ancestors and our guests and family for joining us here today. We give our love and thanks to the East, to the South, to the West, and to the North. Thank you for blessing this day and union, and we wish you farewell.

We thank the spirits of the earth, gods and goddesses, ancestors and our guests and family for joining us here today. We give our love and thanks to the East, to the South, to the West, and to the North. Thank you for blessing this day and union, and we wish you farewell.

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