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The Celtic handfasting is enjoying something of a renaissance with frequent enquiries coming my way. Traditionally the handfasting was an informal and simple ceremony with only a few to witness the couple joining hands, a spoken commitment which was often for just a year and a day, then sealing the union with a kiss.
The hands were held in a particular way, right to right, left to left, to make the figure eight or the symbol of infinity, and loosely tied with a ribbon or cord which is where the expression “tying the knot” stems from. This is still a key part of the modern handfasting however the ribbons and cord are generally more elaborate, often made by the couple who choose colours and threads that are symbolic of their intentions and which may echo their vows.
A modern handfasting may also include the legal component of the marriage ceremony which means a marriage license is needed* and the formal pronouncement made as required. However a handfasting allows couples to be truly creative and have guests fully engaged and involved in the ceremony which often translates to greater flexibility around venues, including places that have spiritual significance.
The elemental components, honouring the four directions, as well as acknowledging and honouring the ancestors, are all part of the handfasting which makes for a very personal and intimate ritual, extending connections to beyond the apparent world.
If this sounds like the type of ceremony you would like then please contact me on 021 781 873.
*For further information regarding your responsibility regarding legal requirements please visit the Department of Internal Affairs’ website. This site has the latest information and the process involved in obtaining a Notice of Intended Marriage which is required for the marriage licence.
“Upon this day, our hands we bind,
A symbol of our hearts entwined.
To witness this, we ask of thee,
Our union forever blessed be.”
Celtic hand fasting
Our Celtic hand fasting was a surprise for the guests at our party. Anne cleverly wove a story around the ceremony and drew all the listeners in until the real reason for her presence was revealed. Anne took all our interests and wishes to heart and created a commitment ceremony which was relevant, and beautifully crafted. Anne was a very special person to have involved in our hand fasting.
Anna & Shane
Member Celebrant's Association
of New Zealand
Member of the Order of Bards
Ovates and Druids
Certificate in Applied Grief Studies • Certificate in Celebrant Studies • Diploma in Creative Writing • Diploma in Children's Literature
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