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’.
Hand-fasting fees (standalone)
- For a beautiful, personalized hand-fasting ceremony the price is £295.
- For a standard, non-personalized hand-fasting – price is £195
- Full personalization – add £100
- For a rehearsal – add £100
Note: For more than 1 hour travel time, travel and if applicable, accommodation expenses may also apply. You will received a personalised quote following your initial 45 – 60 minute consultation.
Sam will write a ceremony that reflects your values, beliefs and personalities. For those who want a spiritual ceremony, Sam has been trained to conduct sacred ceremony calling in the forces of nature.