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Handfastings

Handfastings

Email or ring Louise to ask about booking a Handfasting ceremony and how it can be made unique for you.

Email or ring Louise to ask about booking a Handfasting ceremony and how it can be made unique for you.

Are you interested in a handfasting?   Great, I can help.

A handfasting is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts.  Handfastings were originally more like an engagement period, where two people would declare a binding union between themselves for a year and a day. The original handfasting was a trial marriage. It gave the couple the chance to see if they could survive marriage to each other. After a year goes by (a handfasting was once believed to last a year and a day), the couple could either split as if they had never been married or could decide to enter permanently into marriage.

Today, Wiccans and Pagans have embraced handfastings as a part of their wedding ceremony and the ceremony can be tailor made to suit the couple. 

The Handfasting Ceremony

There are many variations of the traditional handfasting. After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into this union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with cords as their vows are made to one another. The wrapping of the cord forms an infinity symbol. 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. 

The Cords

Each Wiccan and Pagan path has different decrees concerning the colour, length, type and number of cords used to handfast the couple. The Wiccan Lady can make cords to suit your colour scheme.

There are many variations to a handfasting rite. It all depends on the bride, groom and the High Priestess whom they chose to preside over their wedding ceremony and arrangements should be agreed with all 3 people. 

The handfasting ritual is a beautiful, magical rite of passage, At the Wiccan Lady, no 2 are the same, making it a truly special occasion for all who attend.  Many non-Pagan and non-Wiccan couples are also adopting this old custom, such as Prince William at his own wedding.