Post # 1
Hello! I just realized my status is WannaBee. I need to get my stinger in gear and ask/share more. So here goes…
My fiance is Scottish and I am Irish. There is a Celtic tradition of Hand Fastening. The Scottish use a piece of their family tartan and the Irish use a piece of twine or other material. My fiance and I would like to use a piece of his family tartan (MacEwen Klan). We are have started searching the internet for a place to buy the tartan but can’t find a place that just sells a strip. We need something the size of a scarf (2 or 3 yards in length and 6-8 inches wide). Does anyone know where we can get this.
Also, my fiance has two sons from a previous marriage. We want to include them in the ceremony some how and we thought the hand fastening would be a great way to do that. Does anyone know where you can read about vereses used for a couple/family during this ceremony?
Lauren AKA The Future Mrs. McEwen
Post # 3
Can you describe this tradition? I have never heard of it before! Also you might check ebay for the fabric.
Post # 4
There’s plenty of info on this here on Weddingbee. Check out the search tool in the upper right hand corner of the page. Just type in "Hand fasting" and you will get loads of hits.
Several Bees have done this including…
A Hummingbird Handfasting
Mrs. Cherry Pie
Hand-Writing Our Wedding Ceremony
There have also been other board posts:
Post # 5
Here’s a link to get you the tartan….we’re thinking about doing this too…
Post # 6
Traditionally handfasting doesn’t include family, so I think you’d be hardpressed to find verses that include the kiddies. However, I have seen one where they had the kids tie the tartan over the newlyweds hands. It was so cute! And they felt like they were part of the ceremony!