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Special Note: Recent research has
revealed that the current use of the term "handfasting" is actually
not canon. Thus, we are encouraging the return to the use of the terms marriage
and wedding, which are found in the books.
Master Namire wrote a wonderful wedding
guideline in the archives ( #2880, if you want to
look at it); however, it is an Earth-style wedding and not specifically tailored
to Pern. She does make several key points which have been incorporated into
these tips. Most of the wedding ceremony tips can be
found in chapter 10 of Ms. McAffrey's "Nerilka's
Story," although the ceremony is only described in a
couple of paragraphs. It's not much to go on but it's
enough for our purposes.
First, there are several things
you need to do:
they are crafters, make sure they have the rank to marry or have the
permission to marry. If not, they and you can get into a lot of
this is their wedding. All decisions are theirs. Bow to their
wishes. And believe me, you will get some strange
them addcom wb=WeddingBells.
It helps cut the paging.
you've got that done, explain the ceremony to
them. Send them to the proper crafts for clothes, golden mark, rings, etc.
Make sure about rings. Rings are an Earth-style tradition that seems to have
fallen out of use by present-day Pern, but many players still wish to use
them. Bow to their wishes.
Day of the Ceremony
to see who's going to log the event.
calm and try to keep the couple calm.
with the unnecessary spamming!!! A must! Kindly
but firmly tell people no spam. They can
cry, react with the ceremony. I always cry at weddings.
everyone's all set and its time -- cue the bride
to enter. Give people a chance to look at her.
The ceremony is very short, but
waiting for the response can take awhile. Not to mention the
typing. This is straight from Nerilka's Story.
can use variations. I never say the questions the same way twice)
them face you, the harper, for the opening
direct the first questions to the groom. Groom is always first. (Sorry, but Pern
is a feudal society. The man is first, sorry ladies)
-- Ask the groom the traditional pledging of love, honor and protecting his
new wife-to-be. After he answers, ask the bride if she will love, honor his
claim and to bear only his children.
Golden Mark -- Have the couple face you, tell the
groom to hold out the mark, and ask the love of his life in his own words to
take the mark and be his. (Here's a good place
for the posing to be spammy, emotional, and fun.
Make sure they know it.) -- Tell the bride, after he had posed,
that if his words are pleasing to her and it is her wish to be his wife, to
say so in her own words.
rings -- (optional) -- Let them chose their words and exchange the rings
(groom first naturally)
them married, let them kiss, and let the party begin!
ceremony tips are attributed to Harper Master Jueann.