Handfasting is an ancient ritual that embodies the qualities of a loving relationship: commitment, coming together and trust.

In its simplest form, two hands are bound together using cords or ribbons. Simple yet symbolic: a Handfasting can be at once deeply personal and universal in meaning.

Wild Handfasting

The roots of Handfasting lie in ancient Celtic tradition and are wild by nature; often occuring outdoors and fitting beautifully onto a natural backdrop.

They are perfect for anyone who does not feel connected to or welcomed by other marriage traditions. The simplicity of the action can resonate with a number of different faiths, beliefs and intentions.

They evoke a sense of history and connection to our ancient past. If you are planning a historical or fantasy themed wedding a Handfasting brings a sense of tradition that does not rely on a specific religion or time period.

A Handfasting can also be simple and uncomplicated. If you long for an understated and meaningful moment of marriage, handfasting can evoke a depth of emotion without endless words and props.

Wild Ways to Handfast…

1. A Pagan Handfasting
(for Pagans or those of a pagan persuasion)

Handfasting has become a popular alternative to a traditional wedding ceremony for Pagans. If you are Pagan and dreaming of a wedding ceremony that reflects your faith, your Handfasting can be tailored to reflect your personal path/tradition, including eclectic and solitary ones.

Your Handfasting can include…

Creating and blessing a sacred space within which to hold the rite
Invoking the Elements and/or any other energies/deities that resonate
Speaking vows, recieving blessings from one another or guests
The handfasting ritual
Other symbolic acts (e.g: jumping the broom, sharing a cup, making a toast)
Sharing of ‘cake and wine’
Giving thanks and closing the sacred space

2. A Wild Handfasting
(for folks who are wild at heart)

An outdoor ceremony built around the central act of handfasting, that is not rooted in a particular belief system, but can include elements of spirituality if you wish. A Wild Handfasting might include:

Welcoming guests
Encouraging presence through a mindful awareness of place and intention
Making vows, recieving blessings or wishes
Exchanging rings
The handfasting
Other symbolic acts (e.g: candle lighting, sand ceremony, ring warming)
Proclimation of marriage
Confetti throwing

3. A handfasting Moment
(in another ceremony)

Handfasting (with a small ‘h’) can be used to symbolise commitment and coming together in a number of different ceremony types, including:

Indoor weddings
Wedding blessings (after a legal ceremony)
Betrothal/Engagement celebration
Vow Renewal

Remember! Every ceremony I create starts as a blank page and will be tailored to suit your unique needs.

On the Day of your Handfasting…

I arrive with plenty of time to spare and ensure the space is set and prepared for the ceremony we have planned. This can include a cleansing and blessing should you wish and I will provide the necessary tools for this.

I liaise with any staff, family, and friends who are involved in the ceremony. If you would like to include a rehearsal before the day this can be arranged.

After the ceremony I can meet your guests and answer any questions. I will ensure any items of importance, from the ceremony, are safely packed away.

A celebration copy of your Handfasting will arrive soon after for you to keep; a treasured memory of your wild and wonderful day!

Handfasting / Wedding Ceremony Fee: From £500

Added costs for travel/accommodation may be incurred depending on venue location
Prices vary for handfasting moments, private ceremonies (under 10 people) and elopements

the hands of a couple are bound together with many coloured cords and ribbons, in a Handfasting. In the foreground a drum is visible in the hands of Celebrant Keli Tomlin

To find out how Handfastings are being reshaped for 2020-21 click here