Although the origins of these ceremonies are now lost to the mists of time, handfastings have always been a very spiritual commitment between two people.
Whilst some may prefer the more mainstream approach of celebrating a union through a wedding ceremony, we can make your handfasting as “modern” or as traditional as you like.
So, what exactly is a handfasting?
As with all of our ceremonies, it’s largely up to you.
Some of the more popular elements include:
- Tying the knot (yes, that’s where it comes from!)
- Jumping the broomstick (this is actually quite fun)
- Exchanging of rings
- Blessing of foods and drink
- Calling the four quarters/elements
- Calling on the ancestors
- Casting of the circle
- Drumming in the Bridal Party (with our deer skin drums made with our own hands)
You can involve family and friends, or it can be a private ceremony just for the two of you.
Where can handfastings take place?
Almost anywhere you like.
Like a wedding ceremony, handfastings aren’t limited to churches and the function rooms of licensed hotels.
Other suggestions for your handfasting venue would be at the beach, in the woods, an ancient site, in your garden, a stone circle or just anywhere with a good view of the sunset.
If you’d like to go over some ideas, get in touch, we have plenty.
How do we help?
As with all our ceremonies, we prepare and involve you at all stages, it is your ceremony after all!
Every couple has different needs, beliefs and wishes. We can draw on a mix of traditional, modern and personal elements to create a unique ceremony that is right for you.
Don’t just take our word for it, though! We have testimonials from couples who wanted us to know how special their handfasting was for them and their families.