What is Handfasting?
Handfasting is a symbolic way of joining a couple who are pledging their vows or making a commitment to one another. A handfasting traditionally takes place in a circle. The couple hold hands and the celebrant wraps and ties their hands with coloured ribbon. Couples may choose the colours and different colours have different meanings. Two or more colours may be plaited together to form one braid. You can choose to have a handfasting:
You then choose whether to handfast for:
History of Handfasting
Handfasting is from the ancient Celtic tradition where couples were bound in betrothal or marriage using the hand fasting ritual. The exact history of handfasting is unclear but it preceded the days of the church, perhaps being thousands of years old. There is also evidence that it was practiced by the ancient Greeks and by the Romans. With the advent of the Christian Church in this country, ecclesiastical rules governed marriage. Until 1753, these were not mandatory rather directions and guidance. So couples were often still ‘legitimately’ hand-fasted. 1753 saw the introduction of the Marriage Act which pretty much suppressed handfasting and brought in more stringent rules which had to be fulfilled for the marriage to be recognised as ‘legitimate’.
*‘Call or email me with details of your handfasting date and location for a personal quotation.
For those who want a spiritual ceremony, I am able to conduct sacred ceremony calling in the forces of nature.