(Closed) what is handfasting?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Have or will you do handfasting? If so why or why not?
    Yes : (14 votes)
    37 %
    No : (18 votes)
    47 %
    Still Thinking about it : (6 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Handfasting=Pagan/Celtic wedding ritual

    Post # 4
    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I thought it was Celtic?  But I guess since it’s pre-Chrisitan it’s considered Pagan, or is it now used in Pagan weddings? I’ve never seen it done but think it’s interesting/cool.


    Post # 5
    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011


    We had one because my mothers side of the family is 100% Irish and it’s the culture I identify most with. I also liked it because it’s speaks to equality and acknowledges that marriage is sometimes hard and you will hurt the other persons feelings occasionally.

    We used a modified/shortened version of this: http://wedding.lifetips.com/tip/21551/wedding-ceremony/vows/handfasting-vows.html

    Post # 6
    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We did it-my husband is of Irish heritage and I’m Scottish so our theme was Celtic. We used the same version of vows as Bebefly. I also made the hand-fasting cord with instructions from Off-Beat Bride. I used ribbon with our family tartan and it came out really pretty.

    The ceremony was very romantic and very special. plus, we have a great memento. We’re long-distance for the next few months so I tied the cord next to my bed and it’s a sweet reminder of our wedding day until he comes home.

    Go for it, whether you’re Pagan or Celtic. Or knot (sorry, I couldn’t resist:)

    Post # 7
    516 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We’re doing it! 🙂 I just think it is really beautiful and symbolic. And, as 2ndtimeacharm mentioned, I love that we will have something to display afterwards.

    Post # 8
    967 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m incorporating the tying of the hands in our ceremony….I’m pagan and both our families are irish/english

    Post # 9
    1340 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We’re doing it because it fits in with our belief system.

    Post # 10
    41 posts
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I have made my cord, and Fiance has to make his. I’m pagan he is Atheist. But we are both Irish/Scottish background so it works for us.

    Post # 11
    513 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We both have Scottish heritage and as we are getting married in a Scottish Castle we are having a Celtic Handfasting ceromony performed in Gaelic by my father who is a Scot 🙂 

    Post # 12
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    It’s not religious at all, although some religions lay claim to it. It started out in Medieval Europe (mainly Celitc regions) as a wedding ceremony for those who were not able to be married by the local clergy (when Catholicism was taking over the lands). Recently, it has been claimed by both Christians and Pagans, and the concept is the same for both while the wording is different, though it has no religious origins.

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