Handfastings

In the Celtic tradition, handfasting falls into three types:

Betrothal –
To signify a togetherness that is not binding for longer than 1 year and 1 day. The couple may return to the celebrant after this time to repeat their vows, with the braid or ribbon tightly knotted to make the commitment binding.

Partial handfasting or knot ceremony-
a traditional wedding ceremony which includes a handfasting immediately after the vows are exchanged. This is becoming more popular for those who wish to have an aspect of the Celtic tradition, but not a full handfasting.

Full handfasting-
this involves the sacred space of a circle, held in a natural outdoor setting, amongst nature and the elements. The ceremonial circle is decorated with flowers and foliage of the season and lit with candles. The space is sacred to the elements, into which the couple are invited.

Ritual is designed to enable us to call upon the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to establish a connection with the natural world and the Earth’s energies. Following the ceremony, you may wish to include ‘jumping the broom’.

Your own unique ritual will be written in accordance with your beliefs, character and personalities, and you will exchange vows and rings, guided by the celebrant.