Handfasting Ritual at a Wedding Ceremony


What is a Handfasting Ceremony?

Handfasting is an ancient Celtic wedding ritual which has recently become quite popular in Australia today. It is a binding commitment between two loving persons forever in – heart, mind, body and spirit. The binding lasts for as long as love remains. The only thing that can undo a handfast is a lack of love. 

How is Handfasting done?

It’s a ritual in which the couples’ hands are tied together with a ceremonial ribbon or cloth. It’s often done in modern times with a beautiful ribbon the couple chooses.

It is custom to use a red cord signifying love while the knots indicating the tender bondage of the couple mutual commitment. Thus the saying, to ‘tie the knot’. At the same time, you can choose any ribbon you want and in any colour.

We tie a bow with an opening loose enough so that the hands can come out freely, or we simply drop the cord across the hands. The couple saves the ribbon or cloth as a keepsake.  So it is custom to call someone of importance to you to tie the cord.

Words for Handfasting Ritual

“Name & Name, as your hands are bound together now,
so your lives and spirits are joined in a union of love and trust.
Above you are the stars and below you is the earth.
Like the stars, your love should be a constant source of light,
and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.”

More about the Handfasting ritual

Handfasting Ceremony with Sydney Marriage Celebrant

This bride and groom chose in include the Handfasting ritual as part of their wedding ceremony. I was lucky enough to name their daughter some two years ago and today they invited me to marry them.

It was an outdoor wedding ceremony which in a way fits incorporating this ritual in a ceremony. As we mentioned in the script the stars and the earth as witnessing to this ritual. The ceremony was at Tudor Lodge Garden in Greystanes. 

There are many wedding ideas and rituals we can include in any wedding ceremony.
Let’s make your wedding ceremony extra special too. 

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