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.
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:
Encouraging presence through a mindful awareness of place and intention
Making vows, recieving blessings or wishes
Other symbolic acts (e.g: candle lighting, sand ceremony, ring warming)
Proclimation of marriage
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:
Wedding blessings (after a legal ceremony)
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