The symbolism of Handfasting

Two hands being bound together in handfasting

Unveil the symbolism of Handfasting in your wedding ceremony!

Picture this: You stand hand in hand, ready to embark on the most incredible journey of your lives. As you gaze into each other’s eyes, you’re about to experience a powerful and mystical tradition that transcends time and culture – Handfasting. This ancient custom, a hidden gem from Celtic lands like Scotland and Ireland, is like no other. It’s not just “Tying the Knot”, it’s weaving the bonds of matrimony with threads of love, passion, and tradition. While it was once considered a contract, today it still can be a sacred moment of connection, an emotional tie stronger than any knot.

Handfasting, with its rich history, offers you a chance to celebrate your love in a way that’s deeply symbolic. It’s a meaningful addition to your wedding ceremony that’s bound to leave your guests spellbound.

There are several ways of carrying out handfasting. e.g. you may choose to have three cords, one each and one to represent you both together or four as is the Irish tradition of using the fundamental elements that underlie all of creation: air, fire, water and earth, symbolised by yellow, red, blue and green.

The materials you choose for your Handfasting ceremony are as unique as your love story. Ribbons, cords, strings, or even ropes – the choice is yours. These symbolic ties can be adorned with an array of colours, each carrying its own unique meaning.

If you like, you can use fabric that has a special meaning for you and braid it before the ceremony. Handfasting can be very inclusive if your loved ones partake in tying the ribbons, making it an interactive and moving experience.

To deepen the magic, choose from a myriad of scripts and passages that reflect your backgrounds, heritage, and preferences.

Don’t forget about vows! Handfasting vows can be a beautiful addition to your ceremony, either replacing traditional vows or complementing them. Sample vows are available, but your own heartfelt promises are sure to shine the brightest.

Remember, your Handfasting ceremony can be as extraordinary and one-of-a-kind as your love. So, dare to be different, dare to be unique, and let Handfasting weave the story of your love into the fabric of eternity. It’s a magical addition to your wedding that will forever bond your hearts and souls.