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Love + intention: a Wiccan park wedding with a breastfeeding baby as the "bouquet"

I’m a witch, my husband is not. He knows now after being with me this long that I care a great deal about ritual, intention, and love. So, we set out to do everything by hand. We braided our own handfasting rope, we decorated our broom together, we brewed mead together, we painted and created our whole twelve (12!) invitations together. During anything we did, we lit a red candle, and we would hush to each other about love. We would declare our intent.

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An Autumn witch lesbian wedding with tarot, tattoos, and beer

As practicing pagans, we also incorporated many elements of our spirituality, such as tarot readers at the reception and a Samhain memorial altar. Harry Potter has been interwoven into our relationship for 20 years, so we had subtle hints of our love for the series in our decor (side note: we got engaged at and shot our engagement photos at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter). We made our reception personal by including all the things we love: coffee, beer, tattoos, and tarot!

Align your wedding with a celestial event (like a Great American Eclipse wedding!)

"We are getting hitched as the moon passes between the sun and Earth during the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017."

Celestial events range from common phenomena like full moons to awesome-looking, much less frequent occurrences such as meteor showers and eclipses to awe-inspiring, rare miracles like the planets aligning. If you're planning an eclipse wedding during the Great American Eclipse (or another celestial event), here are some tips to keep in mind…

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A 13-color handfasting and fire dancing at this Quebec wiccan wedding

This Quebec wiccan wedding had a lovely handfasting that involved 13 of their friends, pagan and wiccan rituals, fire dancers, musicians, and so many of the couples' friends contributing their wares and talents. It turned out to be a community-led wedding with fantasy, goth and viking details, and personal spirituality. You'll want to take a look, especially at the bride's amazing dress!