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We asked Creating Ceremony about handfasting.
Q I've heard about a handfasting ceremony as an alternative to a traditional service but don't know what it entails. Can you tell me more?
Handfasting is a beautiful ceremony with roots that go way back in history. It’s the origin of the phrase “tying the knot” and symbolises a couple binding their lives together in love. You can opt for a full handfasting ceremony, which includes aspects such as “calling in the quarters,” where your union is blessed with the qualities associated with compass directions. Alternatively, you can choose to incorporate it into any ceremony style you wish.
Some couples opt to have the handfasting cord wrapped around their hands as they say their vows. It’s then tied to signify the binding nature of their promises to each other. Others will have guests come up and add ribbons so that they end up with a colourful pompom. There’s a wealth of possibilities.
The handfasting cords themselves can be made from football scarves, lengths of family tartan or plaited ribbons to match the day’s palette. One couple even knitted their own in the colours of their respective Hogwarts houses! Ask your celebrant how to make your ceremony personal to you.
Claire Bradford | www.creatingceremony.com
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