Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pagan Wedding Customs

I have spoken with couples who have asked about incorporating Pagan rituals into their ceremony. What people don't often realize is that many of our wedding traditions can be traced back to Pagan ceremonies. A perfect example is the wedding ring. The circle is an important Pagan symbol, representing eternity, with no beginning and no end.

Handfasting is considered an Irish ritual, but it is also a Pagan tradition as it can be traced to pre-Christian customs.

When considering a Pagan wedding, couples sometimes wonder how to incorporate their beliefs and philosophy into the wedding. Here are some ideas I've found:

Brooms: Although most people associate it with African American weddings, jumping the broom has also long been a Pagan (and Wiccan) wedding tradition. Brooms can also be used as decorations for the reception, as they are a symbol of fertility (hearth and home). Small decorative brooms (available at craft stores) can be adorned with dried herbs, flowers, or ribbons for a nice touch.

Possibilities for wedding reception keepsakes and decorations include:

  • Packets of flower seeds or plant seedlings
  • Jars of honey (sacred to Aphrodite)
  • Bells - used to ward off evil spirits
  • Potpourri which includes orris root, a violet-scented fixative regarded as a love plant
  • Keychains - keys have magical significance (unlocking of the mysteries)
These are all ideas that could be great DIY projects for you crafty couples. You can also easily personalize your projects to make them more meaningful for your guests- and you! Enjoy!


  1. Good stuff! Makes me want to renew my vows (always wanted to "jump the broom"...)

  2. I want to make my own broom ritual, wherein the bride hits the groom for any future transgressions thus "cleaning out" any ill feelings. I think I might request this for our next ceremony.

  3. Great ideas. I love the idea of getting crafty with little brooms as decorations.

  4. We have already decided we want to jump the broom and my fiance wants us to make it together. I am from the other side of the country so we are planning to incorporate grasses from both our homelands. Your article has given me an idea for our gifts to the guests. Little decorated brooms!! Thankyou for your article. x

  5. Wonderful! Your brooms will be a lovely - and so personal.If you care to send a photo, I'd love to post it as a follow-up!

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!