>sigh< Money is tight, and Flar and I would really like to be handfasted outdoors. The reason we chose Imbolc was because of its symbolism - the return of the light, new beginnings, etc.....and it is also a new moon. But even in Oklahoma, the weather in February can't be trusted. It might be 70 degrees but it might also be 20. So ~
We've decided to have a "private" ritual on February 3. Flar's parents are already planning to come, so it will just be us and a few close friends. There are so many people who love Flar and would really like to see this happen, so we plan to have a public ceremony around Beltane in May that everyone can attend. By that time, the weather will definitely be warm enough to have the handfasting outdoors.
I also thought that this would be a good way to have a purely pagan handfasting for the private ritual and a less blatant one at the second ritual for those who will be attending but don't know that I'm pagan.