GREET THE LIGHT: Plan a Winter Solstice Wedding in 2016!
21st December 2015
You know the time has come and you’ve been planning to pop the question, you’ve got the ring (or maybe not, you’d like to choose an ethical engagement ring together later) and you’re fit to burst with anticipation!
But wait, you just can’t fix on an appropriate time or place …
The winter solstice falls tonight at 04.48 GMT and there’s almost a full moon. I can’t think of a better time propose a new life together - find your favourite spot in the woods, on the cliffs, down the lane, beside the sea, build a bonfire, make a temporary ring with ivy, ribbon or seaweed. Cuddle up by the fire, wrap up warm, share a cup of Yule Wassail and welcome in the light.
I can’t think of a better time to get engaged - one year later you can throw a Solstice wedding, beginning your new lives together along with welcoming in the new light.
The perfect wedding venue will depend on you - a warm and cosy village hall, hire a teepee tent with open fires, a beautiful yurt, book an elaborate country house, a shed in an orchard or a beech hut by the sea. Whatever the weather, brief your guests to come with woolly hats, wellies and waterproofs at the ready!
Have warm fires to symbolise the heat and life-giving properties of the returning sun, candle light to symbolise the returning light and wassail to celebrate the coming season of growth and rejuvenation.
Deck the halls with holly, evergreens, pines, rosemary, bay, juniper and British Flowers. Light a Yule log and keep some ashes to charm your marriage with love, new life and longevity.
Recipe for Yule Wassail
3 red apples
3 oz brown sugar
2 pints apple cider
1/2 pint dry white wine
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger strips or lemon peel
Core, slice and heat the apples with brown sugar and some of the cider in a warm oven for 30 minutes.
Put everything in a large saucepan, add rest of spices and lemon peel and simmer on the hob for 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the alcohol at the last minute so it heats up but doesn’t evaporate.
White sugar and halved oranges can also be added to taste.
Pour into a thermos flask to take on your midnight proposal picnic.
Makes enough for 8.
Oh, and by the way, the winter solstice falls at different times and on different days each year, so if you've made up your mind to throw a truly natural green wedding on the solstice in 2017 then save the date for 21st December. Hold our ceremony at 4.28 pm, the exact moment that the days begin to lengthen - couldn't be more perfect!
Celebrate the winter solstice - may the light now increase, shine your blues away and encourage the chickens to start laying golden yellow eggs again!
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