A Divergent and Fresh Look at Hiring a Wedding Celebrant

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?

Handfasting, handfasting, let me count the ways!

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".