A traditional Celtic handfasting can be one of the most visually stunning and spiritually meaningful elements of your ceremony. Many of my couples include this ritual; the juxtoposition of this ancient common law rite and our modern vows invites us to consider the different kinds of promises we make and how they illustrate our relationships. This ritual can also include people who are not part of your bridal party, your parents,
A wonderful resource for information about this romantic and evocative ritual is handfastings.org. There, you can find different ceremonies, read about the history of handfastings, and find officiants across the country who are legally ordained and available to help you create a memorable service for your wedding or civil union.