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Wed, Aug. 17th, 2005, 09:36 pm

Hello everyone! Hi actresluv77, glad to see you here too!!!:)

I just got engaged on Saturday at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, and my fiance and I are planning to have a renaissance wedding in the Philadelphia area with 250-275 guests. He's kind of a generic Christian (believes in God and the Bible, but does not go to church) and I am a solitary Celtic Reconstructionist pagan (basically I view the higher power as the Goddess and incorporate a lot of ancestral tradition into my personal spirituality).

We both want a traditional-style, short ceremony in a house of worship. I was thinking about possibly having the wedding at a Unitarian Universalist church, but neither of us have ever been to a service at one. From what I have read, they often welcome people like us to join their services. I think the officiator might also be more open to allowing a handbinding (which I think is even accepted in some churches now), drinking from a wedding cup, and lighting a trinity candle.

Neither of us are extremely religious, but we are both spiritual people and want that to be part of our wedding. We're looking to do a renaissance theme; a short ceremony with a large wedding party. We aren't focused on having too many flowers or additional adornments at the site of the wedding, but we're thinking about a harpist and a vocalist to perform Pachelbel's Canon in D for the processional and Ave Maria when I walk down the aisle. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Nice to meet you all.