Hey yall. My handfasting/wedding is in 15 days. On the awesome day of Samhain--or more popularly known as Halloween. I say Handfasting/Wedding, because traditionally Handfasting's occur every year, whereas we're doing it once every 10 years. Or so goes the plans...
I'm a Witch and a Native American Spiritualist and my Fiance is an Asatru (Norse Pagan). Together we're battling a traditionalist parent. Not one who's overbearing with her own religion convictions, but one who's more or less concerned with how our guests will see her. Fun, I know. Unfortunately for her, I get my strength from her.
Samhain is the Witches New Year and also a dead to remember the dead. We're blending our fayths into the ceremony, and also are honoring our ancestors. I'm honoring my African ancestors by Jumping the Broom, and am crafting a Walking Stick that's going to be dedicated to our Cherokee and Choctaw ancestors/relatives. For the Handfasting Besom, I'm incorporating Runes and Mjolnir for my Fiance. Our Totems will also be represented in the ceremony.
And we're also being wedded by a Legal Wiccan High Priestess, who's going to educate the guests on Samhain and the importence it has to Witches.
It wasn't an easy battle with my mom, that's for sure. In fact she's not even aware of some of things that are going to happen such as the Jumping the Broom and the Wine Blessing. Did so to avoid drama (got enough of that with my dad and the whole escorting issue). It's important to put your foot down for you and your FI's beliefs (even with a few secrets). It's highly important to us to have our fayths intertwined and represented on our wedding day, as well as for our guests to understand that Halloween is one of our most sacred days.