An Earth Centered, Wicca or Pagan ceremony is fairly easy to organize. Couples can choose readings and vows and
work with the celebrant on how to conduct the ceremony. Some couples will invoke the blessing of the God and Goddess,
which are acknowledged to come in thousands of forms. The couple light a candle to honor the gods and signify the beginning of their new life. The couple may further invoke the blessings of the spirits by saying 'blessed be'. The celebrant will then conduct the handfasting ritual, asking the couple to join hands and wrapping the joined hands in a strip of red cloth. Gay couples may choose to have a rainbow hand fasting, using gay accessories of strips of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple cloth to represent the chakras and their sexuality. The couple then exchange vows, asking the sky and earth to bestow the union with their elements.
Couples who are interested in traditional paganism may choose to include a broom, to sweep away past hurts,
and a chalice of wine, to represent their combined spirits. The expression Tie The Knot comes from the
Handfasting Ceremony where a cord, usually red, was tied around the couple's hands.
Some couples have found these books helpful. Most are available from your local library or bookstore.
With These Vows, I Thee Wed: Contemporary Vows for Today's Couples by Barbara Eklof
Wedding Poems and Quotations edited by Rosemary Fox
Words for Your Wedding: The Wedding Service Book
Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies: Samples and Sources by Joan Hawxhurst
Wedding Vows: How to Express Your Love in Your Own Words by Peg Kehret
I Do: A Guide to Creating Your Own Unique Ceremony by Sydney Barbara Metrick
Wedding Readings: Centuries of Writing and Rituals for Love and Marriage by Eleanor C. Munro
Write Your Own Wedding by Brill, Halpin, and Genne