Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Make Wiccan Wedding Favors by Patti Wigington

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  1. Give a natural gift. Plant some herbs or flowers in a small pot, decorate the pot with magical symbols, and give these to your guests. Herbs such as lavender, apple blossom, yarrow and endive are all associated with feelings of love. If it's spring time, and the herbs aren't blooming yet, pot some bulbs for love-related flowers-- daffodil, tulips or violets are all seen as flowers of love.
  2. Step 2
    Make small decorative brooms. A broom, or besom, is popular in many Wiccan wedding ceremonies. You can find small ones at craft stores, and decorate them with bundles of herbs, ribbons, or charms. Use red or pink ribbons to symbolize your love, or have the groom and bride each select their own color ribbon, and bind the two together around the brooms.
  3. Step 3
    Create magical talismans. Stitch up a sachet of love herbs, or make a cross-stitched pouch containing gemstones and crystals. Embroider a bag with symbols of the bride and groom, intertwined together, and fill the bag with fragrant herbs or flowers. Decorate a plain holiday ornament with pentacles or other symbols.
  4. Step 4
    Give a gift of wine or honey. Wine is a traditional drink at weddings, and many local vineyards will make single-serving bottles that you can give away. Ask about custom labels, with the date of your event and a short blessing imprinted on them. Honey was sacred to the goddesses of love in ancient culture, so consider making herbal honey. Pour honey into a small jar and add a sprig of mint or lavender. Seal the jar and tie it shut with some decorative ribbon, and add a tag or label that has the date of your wedding.
  5. Step 5
    Make seasonal gifts. If you're getting married in the spring, give gifts of plants or bulbs. If you have a fall celebration planned, make up baskets of apples and gourds or other harvest vegetables. For winter weddings, consider a small pouch of herbal teas, accompanied by a candle and a blessing written on parchment. You can also make Brighid's crosses, which is a four-armed cross made from bent stalks of wheat or grain and symbolizing the goddess, Brighid. Make gods' eyes for your guests out of yarn and twigs. Finally, consider a small cauldron filled with candies (Hershey's Kisses and Hugs are perfect for a wedding favor) as a gift your guests will remember for a long time to come.

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