Handfastings

Handfasting Emma and Marc

A handfasting ceremony is an alternative to a conventional wedding ceremony which has its roots in the old Celtic custom of getting married for a year and a day. A couple’s hands would be ceremonially bound together with a knotted cord or rope and the couple would jump over a broom together.

Many people choose to have a handfasting ceremony today even if they aren’t Pagans because they want to do something different and fun! Handfastings are not legally binding, so many choose to have a civic ceremony first followed by a bigger handfasting ceremony.

I believe that ceremonies and rites of passage should be tailor-made for the person or people they are for. For this reason I don’t carry fixed ideas about how a ceremony ‘should’ be. Each one that I write is original and bespoke. I am happy to work in a non-religious framework, with a deep respect for humanity and nature. However, as a Druid, I am equally confident at creating ceremonies in a Pagan or specifically Druid tradition, drawing upon my training with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

I charge £250.00 for writing and conducting a handfasting/wedding plus my travel expenses. This includes a face-to-face meeting  plus the writing, preparation and delivery of a bespoke ceremony.

Please get in touch with me on 01600 750763 or on karin@redwsidom.co.uk for a free, no obligation, informal chat about what your thoughts are and to see whether I am the right celebrant for your hand fasting

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