There are a Variety of Handfasting Styles on Offer.
I have a special interest in creating meaningful modern ceremonies drawn from our ancient cultural heritage. After much research I have discovered that Handfasting is not only a Celtic Tradition but widely used across Europe too. In fact the Greeks and Romans used Handfasting and the Greek & Russian Orthodox Churches have included them in Weddings for centuries and still do. I suggested a handfasting to one of my brides of Ukrainian descent. She mentioned it her her mum who remembered that the brides Babushka( Grandma) had embroidered her a Handfasting sash when she was a child which they found and we used it in her wedding ceremony!
There is lots of information on the web about how to conduct a handfastings. I don’t believe any of them are “the right way or wrong way” or the most historic way. The way you choose it the right way for you! Handfasting can be a separate section in the wedding or you can say your vows whilst bound in the handfasting.
I have learnt many handfasting techniques and have a secret handfasting knot that allows the couple, not the celebrant to actually tie the knot! Even Will & Kate had a handfasting in their big cathedral wedding! I’ll show you the options and you can choose the best one for you. If your planning on making your own cord that’s great. I will work with you to make sure I get the hang of how to tie it. The best materials to make handfasting cords are ones that slip, like satin or silk cord.