20160917_196Handfasting goes back several hundred years.

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)20160917_302
  • 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.

The Healing Weekend in Somerset

We  had 20160712_135a fantastic time on the field in 2019 (see our blog DSC06819 (2)http://lifesceremonies.co.uk/handfastings-on-the-field/) and are already booked to attend The Healing Weekend in Somerset again for 2020, and will be offering handfastings on the field under our beautiful arch,  so please contact us to book your spot for July 20120.  Dates will be 10th, 11th and 12th July 2019.  Look forward to seeing you all on the field again.

Quaint Essential British Handfastings?

We are offering the Quaint Essential British Handfastings to couple either in their own Countries or over here in one or more of the lovely stone circles  or historic castles in and around Britain.DSC06562 (2)  If you are interested please contact us for more details.

How do we help?

As with all our ceremonies, we prepare and involve you at all stages, it is your ceremony after all!

No detail is too small or unimportant. a careful touch are important if the end result is to be enjoyable.20150816_6

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.



OMGosh Sheila and David what you both write is so very beautiful… Incredible. So heartfelt.  Thank you both so very much. A sacred reading.  A sacred special moment in time. Creating a Sacred space. Just reading through your script made me  feel such appreciation and gratitude & pure joy.
Love & Light to the both of you from the both of us… xx


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