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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodskarl Dubhgall View Post
    My wife and I were just going to do a handfasting, before finding out that common law marriage isn't recognized. When it came down to it, we went to the courthouse and skipped the handfasting, because the neopagans were pretty much just a bunch of hippies, or skinheads in prison gangs. Eventually, we went back to church and renewed our vows about 5 years later in a simple ceremony before the parishioners.
    But marriage IS A common law thing. It's not a state or church thing. The institutions only taking note and announcing it.
    By common law I mean that it flows out of the practice: A mean and a woman having a common household, sexual relations and the plan to raise a family.

    Since there are legal issues involved... the state may take some interest in that. What the church is nosing into this, is however another matter. There is no commandment or scripture that marriage has to be initiated or ritualized in a church. It's mentioned as institution in the bible and also that breaching it is a bad thing, but that's about it.

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    LillyCaterina and I exchanged rings and vows during a traditional ceremony at a nondenominational Christian church. It was a formal affair with numerous guests, and family members in attendance. Afterwards, we left as husband and wife in a limousine to begin our new life as a couple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    Some heathens married in the church where the Lade earls hof was, they had a wall of warriors standing with swords.
    Nice idea!

    When (and if) I marry, I'd like to have a heathen ceremony. Maybe I would accept the church version too, but then it should be two ceremonies, I guess, it depends on the case. The example mentioned above is like having two in one.


    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    If I marry, I will have a heathen ceremony, unless my spouse really wants to do it in a church (for tradition).
    Now, after many years, since you married, how was it? Did you have a ceremony, and what kind of?
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