Handfastings

Religious Order of the Circle of Isis Rising
Weddings and Handfastings

The priestesses and the priests within our order are Ordained Ministers with the legal capacity to perform any type of ceremony. Each wedding ceremony, also known as a handfasting, is custom designed according to the couple’s input. No two weddings have ever been alike. We offer traditional ceremonies as well as those that are considered non-traditional.

Basically, there are two types of weddings services provided: the legal ceremony and the spiritual ceremony. As the name implies, the legal ceremony is a marriage recognized on state and federal levels. The ordained priestess or priest will take care of all of the details concerning the filing of the proper legal paperwork. All the couple has to do is obtain the marriage license. The spiritual ceremony is the same as the legal ceremony with the obvious exception that it is not legally recognized. It is a ritual performed before the Almighty and can be adapted to fit any religious or spiritual path.

Wiccan weddings are known as handfastings and there are two types. The first type is a Tell-Town Wedding. This is a spiritual ceremony that traditionally represents the commitment of the couple to be together for the time period of a year and a day. During the year and a day, the couple enjoys their relationship without the worry of anyone leaving abruptly should an argument occur. The commitment is there for the couple to work with each other through all conditions. After the year and a day, the couple decides to either make their relationship permanent (legally or spiritually) or they can part ways amicably and without any karmic repercussions. This type of ceremony is not legally binding to the couple.

The second type of wedding is called a Green Woods ceremony. This type of wedding can be spiritual or legal. It represents a serious life-commitment by the couple to be united together for all in the world to know. The commitment with this ceremony can be made to either be together for as long as love lasts, to be together within this lifetime till death parts, or to be together throughout eternity.

The price for the service of performing the handfasting will depend on traveling distance, rehearsal needs, and the type of wedding chosen.