The word, meaning and value of a Celebrant are generally unknown to most Ontarians. This piece intends to change that by providing a very basic outline about celebrancy and in particular, wedding celebrancy.
This has become a difficult obstacle I have been facing recently and that is the availability issue. Given that there are only a handful of certified Celebrants in Ontario, it is important to book a Celebrant as early as possible.
Besides Larry King and Donald Trump, most of us view our wedding as a once in a lifetime day. The pictures and video preserve the memories, but the day itself flies by. Since the most important day of your life goes by in a blink of an eye, why not make the ceremony as special as the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with?
Due to the fact that I have received a number of inquiries and bookings for a handfasting ceremony as part of a legal wedding ceremony, it caused me to delve quite deeply into the tradition, its origins and the many cultures that embrace this ancient custom. Here is a very brief summary of my findings:
A Brief History of Handfasting
We find the word “handfasting” actually referring to a kind of marriage in the British Isles. A handfasting ceremony is an ancient marriage ritual made popular in Ireland and Scotland during the early Christian period. This symbolic joining together of the couple’s hands is the origin of the familiar expression, “tying the knot".