Offbeat Wedding Features Faerie Theme

If you’ve though about having a faerie-themed wedding, take a look at the photos in the article linked below.

(If it’s no longer online, search for alternate articles about this wedding. The photos were wonderful.)

No matter how you feel about same-sex weddings, the pictures are going to give you fun faerie ideas for parties and weddings.

Rainbows and sparkly fairies at a newly-legal lesbian wedding in

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These lovely lasses celebrated the ability to have a legal wedding in New York with sparkles, fairy wings, and all things rainbow (in honor of the pride flag, of course!).

Last week, I attended another faerie themed wedding.  It was a traditional wedding, but the lovely bride wore custom made faerie wings, and many of the bridal party’s accessories — including her bouquet and the groom’s bouttoniere — were faerie- or fantasy-themed and handmade.

That made the wedding unique, original, delightful… and more affordable.

The world is changing.  Outmoded beliefs and constraints are falling away, and originality is emerging.  It’s a change for the better!

You don’t have to wait for a wedding to have a faerie-themed party.  You could even schedule an informal “tea party” (like little girls have) with a faerie theme, and invite your friends.

Though it’s true that faeries generally aren’t like Tinkerbell, and some faeries can be downright scary, there’s still plenty of room for fantasy fun if you’re a fan of faeries.

The Return of the Faeries ?

Are faeries returning to our world?

Are faeries returning to our world?

It’s been nearly 100 years since people in the Western world generally accepted the reality of faeries.

Starting with the Industrial Revolution, a belief in faeries stopped being so accepted.

Then, with an increasing intrusion by the world of science, and influences by philosophers such as Karl Marx — claiming that, to be real, something must be able to be weighed or measured — by the middle of the 20th century, most people dismissed faeries as “make believe.”

Some cultures — including those in Celtic countries — quietly maintained a belief in faeries.  However, most “advanced” thinkers didn’t talk about faeries in real terms.

Suddenly, people are becoming more aware of faeries in our world.  Whether the faeries ever left… that’s a discussion for another day.  Maybe they were always here, but people refused to see them or explained them in other ways.

All I know is this:  More and more people are describing faerie-like encounters.  Often, when people tell me their stories, they’re baffled.

They aren’t telling me about “imaginary friends.”  They’re talking about unexplained lights that they see in their homes or gardens.

A few days ago, a friend said that his apartment might be haunted.  He talked about hearing his name called, just as he was drifting off to sleep.  Then, he noticed a small ball of light.  It blinked on and off, three times, and then it was gone.

Right away, I recognized a typical appearance of faeries.  In addition, the number three is significant in Celtic cultures.

I didn’t say much about it at the time.  He already knows I work with paranormal subjects, such as ghosts.  He’s okay with that.  However, I’m not sure he’s ready to believe in faeries.

I thought about this for a couple of days, and realized how often I’m hearing similar stories.  People usually think they’re telling me about a ghost.  I know they’re describing something else: Faeries.

This is happening more and more often, now.

Did the faeries leave our world for awhile, when people stopped believing in them?  I’m not sure.

However, it looks like the faeries have returned to our world and to our consciousness.

I think that’s a very good thing.

Garden Faeries?

faerie garden lairs ?
Do faeries (fairies) sometimes live in garden lairs?

I had never heard of a garden fairy (faerie) lair before I saw this article.  And, looking at the photo… well, she might be right.

May Dreams Gardens: Revealing birds, fairies, and letters

www.maydreamsgardens.com11/26/11

It is even harder, though, to be quiet enough to sneak up to this spot and actually see the garden fairies than it is to sneak up on the birds. They are too swift and alert to be caught out in the open by a big awkward gardener

I’m not sure why this make so much sense to me.  I’m not even sure the gardener is serious about this.  However, it seemed to ring true when I read it.

As I’m writing this, here in New Hampshire, snow is on the ground.  However, when spring arrives… well, this might be something to create in the garden, with moss and clover and other faerie-like plants.

It’s something to add to your garden plans.  Let me know what happens, if you try this.

Also, I noticed this variation on my faerie door ideas.  It’s just the door and the window, to attach to a tree in your garden.

Though it’s designed as a cute decoration, it might just work if you’d like faeries to visit you.

Where Do Faeries Live? – mini-podcast

Ireland rainbowWhere do faeries live… and is that important, right now?

In this three-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the classic descriptions of where faeries live. [Listen now]

She also gives examples of traditional ways to reach the faerie realm.

They share a degree of cognitive dissonance.  That is, a deliberate disconnect from what most people consider “reality,” and an attempt to cross apparent boundaries between our world and where the faeries live.

Is that important in crossing the barriers that separate our two realms?

From a research standpoint, is it important (or even safe) to deliberately journey in their world?

For now, Fiona proposes studying faeries and where they enter our world.  Once we better understand how they interact with us and this environment, we may be prepared (and welcomed) in their realm.

Click here to listen to this mini-podcast right now, online

Where do faeries live? Mini-podcast

Believing in Faeries

Faeries podcast - free - Believing in faeriesPutting aside her usual scientific and sociological tone, faerie researcher Fiona Broome explains why believing in faeries is so exciting.

Faerie / fairy podcasts - Believing in faeriesShe starts by explaining that people around the world believed in faeries (or entities like them) through the early 20th century.  Then, the tidal wave of science smashed the dreams of faerie believers by calling their ideals mere “fantasies.”

However, despite the disapproval by many, people continue to believe in faeries and the fae world.

This goes beyond the “Ooh, cool!” exclamations of some science fiction enthusiasts.  It’s more of an affinity for faeries, mermaids, dragons, and the ideals (and personalities) of King Arthur’s court.

Faerie believers aren’t just wishing that faeries were real.  They believe in them. From the first time these people encounter a “fairy tale” or something related to the faerie-fantasy realm, there’s a deep sense of recognition.  It’s an “ah-HA!” moment, and sometimes a sense of finding home.

Science changes its mind

Keep in mind that the rules of 20th century science don’t necessarily apply today.  Look into the discoveries and mysteries of gravity, and how that relates to quantum science and membrane studies.

Also consider Dr. Fred Wolf’s views on dreams and alternate realities, as presented in What the Bleep? and other intriguing studies.  He presents wonderful “what if..?” questions.

Fiona talks about topics like these, and how they may related to the real world of faeries.

Book review

This podcast includes a brief review of The Ultimate Fairies Handbook, by Susannah Marriott.  (Fiona’s more complete review is at FaerieMagick.com.)

Listen to this podcast on your computer (MP3)

Music: The Moods of Man, written and orchestrated by James Underberg.