Handfasting Ceremony

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Handfasting is a rural folkloric and neopagan custom, initially found in western European countries, in which a couple hold a commitment ceremony.

In the Middle Ages a betrothal was a much more serious and binding than a modern engagement. The betrothal was not the point at which the couple first decided they would get married. Rather, it was a formal ceremony where the couple exchanged promises to marry in the future and where the marriage contracts were finally agreed upon.

 

What is the legal status of a handfasting ritual? The officiating person must hold a valid license to perform marriages.

The officiant will place a ribbon over the couple's hands. It may be loosely tied symbolizing life. This identifies that the handfasting is a commitment. One year and a day after being handfasted, the couple may return to the presider and repeat their vows with the cord or cloth tightly knotted. This symbolizes the intent to have a permanent relationship. This ritual is the source of the expression "to tie the knot."

Ceremony can be included as one of the 3 add-ons package.

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