Handfasting is an ancient marriage ritual that is becoming increasingly popular with modern couples.

It’s been a tradition for many thousands of years and has been traced back to Celtic ceremonies.

My role as your Handfasting Celebrant is to work with you to perform a ceremony that is truly personal and completely authentic to you.

The ceremony involves a couple’s hands being placed together and bound with ribbon or cord.

This symbolises their joining through marriage. It may even be where the phrases ‘tying the knot’ and ‘bound for life’ originate.

Handfasting has become popular with couples looking for a more intimate and personalised celebration.

It can be a separate ceremony or included in a wedding ceremony.

What does it involve?

The marrying couple hold hands so that the wrists or pulse points are touching.

A length of ribbon or cord is then looped around their hands. In some ceremonies, the ribbon is looped and the couple can make a vow or declaration at each loop.

The final tie is normally done fairly loosely so that the couple can keep the knotted ribbon as a special symbol of their marriage.

The ribbon itself is often made up of several pieces of material to represent the couple, or different coloured strands that represent important parts of their relationship.

The Handfasting Ceremony

There are many variations of the traditional handfasting.

After you both declare your intent to enter into this union, your hands are clasped and fastened together with a cord.

The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple.

In a show of unity, they become bound to each other.

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