My Bridal Goddess Ceremony

*Today’s post is part of my Wedding Wednesday Series. A chance for me to ramble on about non-running, wedding related stuff.*

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My mother has always celebrated the milestones in life by making them into a beautiful ceremony.

Transitioning from a young woman to a wife is a huge milestone, so my mother invited over a few women who are at different points in their lives to give me blessings of a happy life with my future husband, in the form of a bridal goddess ceremony.

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Today, I will share with you the ceremony that took place on Sunday. My bridal goddess ceremony.

The ceremony began with spiritual music as my Aunt walked me to the bottom of the stairs in my mother’s backyard. On each step stood a beautiful woman who held a candle with a special word on it.

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As I walked by each woman, they gave me blessings of that word to take into my new life. Such blessings as passion, communication, love, & joy.

Once I received all the blessings, we stood in a circle and did a fun happy Hawaiian inspired dance of love.

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We then moved over to a lovely shady spot under the tree for the gifting ceremony.

Each woman was asked to bring a small gift of love to share with me. A gift that would be a part of my new life as a bride.

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I felt overwhelmed with love and joy as I sat amongst these amazing woman. Some of these woman whom I’ve known forever, some I’ve only met a few times, and one woman I’ve never met before. But at this moment, I felt like I had known them all my entire life.

And it was so amazing that all these woman were all so excited about my new life and wanted to share in that joy with me.

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The gifting part of the ceremony started with a blessing from a dear friend of my mother’s. She has background of Hare Krishna and was so honored to share some of their wedding traditions with me.

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She actually wrapped me in the sari that her daughter wore on her wedding day. And told us the story of Radha, the Goddess of Love & Devotion.

It’s hard to explain the feelings I felt when I wore that Sari and saw the joy in everyone’s faces. I truly felt like an Indian Princess for a moment.

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Every gift was given from the heart and held so much meaning.

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I was happy to share in this joy with all these women. Their wishes and gifts will always be so special to me.

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After the gifting ceremony we finished by circling up for the chocolate ritual. It involved dancing and eating the most delicious homemade chocolate truffles.

It was such a special day! I can’t even express the gratitude I have toward all these women for being a part of something so intimate and special.

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A huge thank you also goes to my mother for letting ceremony be such an important part of my life.

I have been granted with love and blessings of happiness to take with me as I enter in to bridal-hood.

And I can’t believe that it’s almost here. A little over a month! 🙂

Happy Wedding Wednesday Friends!

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15 thoughts on “My Bridal Goddess Ceremony

  1. That ceremony looked beautiful! I wish I could have been there. Thanks for your nice card. It was waiting in the mail for me when I got home last night and it made me tear up. I can’t tell you how important is to me to be a part of this with you. Love ya.

  2. WOW, you and your friends/family sure do some neat stuff. I’ve never heard of something like this. Different, and I’m sure very special.

  3. The Hawaiian song was from the Dances of Universal Peace. This song was honoring Mother Earth. There are several times a woman should be honored: maiden, bridal, mother, and crone (elder). The Native Americans honored woman regularly, as do many, many other cultures. As Americans, however, we have Mother’s Day, but that’s only about beinga mom. There is more to being a girl than that. This is changing, thank goodness, as more and more focus is being put into ceremonies such as this for our women.

  4. I have never heard of this before but I really love the idea behind it. Your Mom has given you a very special day by doing this. I can only imagine how important this must have been for you.

  5. Awesome! I’m glad I read this because I was looking at the pictures on facebook and did not know it was a bridal ceremony. What a cool and special day it must have been! 🙂

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