December is a magical time of the year, and a popular month for weddings. Couples choose to have Christmas themed weddings with red, gold and green colour schemes. Some couples also choose a December wedding as it is the Pagan month of Yule.
Yuletide or Yule, is the Pagan/Wiccan festival celebrating the winter solstice; the shortest day. It celebrates a return of the sun after the shortest day and is celebrated with natural decorations, mostly of the season. Evergreen trees, holly, ivy, mistletoe, pine cones, oranges and cinnamon sticks.
Couples who observe or celebrate Yule, see it as a good time to get married, renew their vows or take part in a traditional handfasting ceremony. This year, I am performing a handfasting ceremony for a couple who are renewing their vows on the winter solstice. The handfasting cords are made using the traditional colours of Yule, red, gold, green and white, and the ceremony is to be held outdoors.
These colours play a significant part in celebrating Yule, and many Yule brides wear green gowns for Yule ceremonies as green is the colour of rebirth and renewal. Red is for passion and prosperity, white for light and purity and gold is associated with wealth and energy.
Wedding cakes made to look like the traditional Yule log make a great addition for a Yule wedding, and look amazing when decorated with seasonal berries. Serving mulled wine and warm mince pies to your guests adds a seasonal touch and would be welcomed should your ceremony be outdoors.
The internet is full of ideas and suggestions for having a Yule wedding or handfasting ceremony; including examples of decorations and colour schemes. For more information on handfastings, renewal of vows or alternative Celebrant wedding ceremonies, please contact me.