Wedding vows from ancient faiths #Ceremony Advice#celtic#greek#pagan#viking#wedding vows Posted Jun 29 2020 Offbeat Editors Photo by Trung Phan Photography from this viking wedding Related Post "When Pagans Go Traditional" wedding Our biggest challenge was balancing our desire to have a very pagan handfasting with the need to maintain a certain family friendly normalcy... The traditional vows to love, honor and cherish so long as you both shall live go back to the Renaissance, when they were written in the Book of Common Prayer, and they were well known in the oral tradition by then, so it's fair to call them medieval. The current custom of writing your own vows pretty much guarantees that your vows will be new and modern… But what if you want something both traditional and fresh? Look to wedding vows from ancient faiths. Viking vows The bride and groom pictured at the top of this post went with Viking inspiration for their gorgeous red and black wedding, right down to the dragon cake and the archery. A classic work of Viking literature includes this swoonworthy vow: There shall be one end for us both; one bond after our vows; nor shall our first love aimlessly perish. Happy am I to have won the joy of such a consort; I shall not go down basely in loneliness to the gods of Tartarus. So let the encircling bonds grip my throat in the midst; the final anguish shall bring with it pleasure only, since the certain hope remains of renewed love, and death shall prove to have its own delights. Each world holds joy, and in the twin regions shall the repose of our united souls win fame, our equal faithfulness in love. Related Post Evangeline & Corey's Norse viking wedding A Norse viking negotiates his bride's dowry and I think he lucked out. Evangeline handmade the outfits for the entire wedding party! That's one crafty... Read more Another Viking couple chose a bilingual Icelandic and English ceremony with a final vow spoken together. We do now proclaim ourselves one in flesh and in spririt, and pledge that from this time on, we will take the responsibilties and exercise the privileges of an independant household in the community of humankind. Ancient Greek vows Photos by Brooke Voeller Photography This stunning couple took on the roles of Hades and Persephone in their Ancient Greek underworld-inspired wedding. Related Post The gods smile upon this ancient Greek inspired wedding in Punta Cana Sasha and Masya said that when they met, it was love at first sight and it seemed like it had come straight out of ancient... Read more Modern Greek Orthodox weddings don't include vows, but Ancient Greek weddings included words and actions that sounds a lot like vows. The bride's father would shake the groom's hand, saying, "I give her to you." The bride's mother would lift the wedding torch. The bride's veil was lifted and the bride and groom gazed into one another's eyes. Wedding vows from ancient faiths don't have to be taken too literally. Ancient Greek brides and grooms might have been satisfied with gazing into each other's eyes, but modern offbeat brides may want a vow. "I have fled the bad, I have found the better," was chanted during Ancient Greek wedding processions, and it could make a charming vow spoken in unison by the bride and groom together. Celtic wedding vows Photos by Philip Hinton and Sue Chapman There are several well-known Celtic wedding vows. This one may be particularly suited to feminist weddings: Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, `til our Life shall be Done. You cannot possess me for I belong to myself But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give You cannot command me, for I am a free person But I shall serve you in those ways you require and the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand. Ancient traditions can feel new again, and still have the mystery and beauty of the traditional. Related Post Offbeat Bride's guide to pagan weddings (everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask!) So you've been invited to a Pagan wedding. Modern Paganism is a recreation of the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe. It has been heavily influenced by modern values and ethics,… Read More PREVIOUS How to live stream your wedding on Zoom NEXT Preorder the new book from Offbeat Bride's author, and enter to win a luxe Shitshow Survival Kit Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. 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