Handfasting has become increasingly popular in modern times. It is the act of tying together a couples' hands in a symbolic gesture that represents the joining of families and the union of the couple. In modern times, this practice is seen as a highlight within the wedding ceremony.
The official definition of Handfasting, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is 'To make a contract of marriage between (parties) by the joining of hands; to betroth (two persons, or one person to another'.
Modern handfastings are purely ceremonial, and usually take place on the same day, sometimes at the same time, as a legal marriage registration. Some handfastings became legally recognised in Scotland, in 2004, where celebrants from the Pagan Federation of Scotland gained authorisation from the General Register Office for Scotland to legally perform weddings. These weddings incorporate handfasting as the main focus of the ceremony, and normally take place outside, with a close association with nature.
Handfasting, in medieval times, referred to the betrothal, or engagement, of a couple, rather than the actual marriage. In the late 18th century, they believed that handfasting involved the trial marriage of a couple which would last for a year and a day. At this point they could decide whether to officially marry or to part ways.
If you would like to incorporate hand fasting into your wedding ceremony, take a look at our Handfasting ribbons here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/hand-fasting-ribbon-pack-of-five/
This Pack of Five Tartan Hand Fasting Ribbons are perfect for adding Scottish tradition to your wedding ceremony. Wrap the ribbon around you and your partner's hands during the ceremony to signify the joining of families.
Pass down the other ribbons to family members and watch this tradition grow. Or use the other ribbons as decorative binds for your, and your bridesmaids' bouquets.
Made from lightweight pure new wool, with a hemmed edge, this tartan hand fasting ribbon is made in Scotland, and stays neat so you can cherish it for years to come.
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