A handfasting can be included as part of a legal wedding ceremony, commitment or renewal of vows.
(A commitment ceremony is similar to a wedding without the legals.)
Handfasting, or tying the knot, involves the draping of one cord, many cords woven together, or one or multiple ribbons, across a couple's joined hands. You can involve family, friends or children in the draping of coloured cords or ribbons across your hands.
The knot can be tied in a variety of ways. We discuss this as we create your ceremony together.
With a handfasting commitment, couples promise themselves for a year and a day (or for however long they choose). This might be followed by a legal wedding ceremony at a later date (but doesn't have to).
Get in contact with me through the Contact Me button below and we can have a chat. I can give you a personalised quote depending on whether you want a legal wedding ceremony or a commitment ceremony.
Optional extras include:
Let me know if you need me to build any of these items into your quote.
We loved you including Juan’s daughter in the ceremony, the ting-sha bell and handfasting. You were fantastic! Warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and made everyone feel comfortable. You really made our wedding so easy. Thank you!
Katchia and Juan
You did a great job Marlee it was perfect! We felt so comfortable with you from the very start. You were so welcoming and friendly. You helped us so much with the information pack and with extra help with the vows. Thank you so much for helping to make the ceremony the best time of our lives!
Peta and Micah
Dear Marlee. Thank you for bringing your love and care to our wedding. Since Australia is very much foreign country for us, it was such a great help that you could make both paperwork and preparations pass by so effortlessly. Immediately when you showed up in Kuranda we felt how much you wanted to make sure you knew us and what we wanted. You really made us feel special, and we will always take pride in knowing that it was you who tied our knot.
Laura and Fredrick
For us, the handfasting ritual was a great alternative to exchanging rings. Everything was well organised and people commented on the lovely ceremony. Thank you so much for everything you did to help us create a ceremony that was reflective of "us". You made it very easy for us to put everything together. You have put together a great lot of information and resources from which to build a ceremony. We feel so grateful that we were able to find such a great celebrant, given that we were searching from so far away.
Jenn and Dan (from Canada)
Dear Marlee, thank you for the wonderful ceremony you performed for us. All our guests complimented our unique approach. Many of them had never seen a handfasting and were impressed with the beauty and simplicity. Thank you for helping us celebrate our marriage. We had a wonderful day. With great appreciation and all our love.
Robert and Megan
What is used in handfasting?
Generally couples use cords or ribbons, either plaited together or loose. For example, you can have a chakra handfasting with all the colours of the chakras, accompanied by blessings relating to each. Some couples order beautiful handfasting cords from a supplier of handfasting ribbons.
How will I know what to do when you handfast us?
I'll take you through the various options before your ceremony so that you can relax and enjoy tying the knot!
Is a handfasting legal?
It is if you also complete the legal paperwork for a wedding - the Notice of Intended Marriage. You don't have to have a legal wedding if you are just after a handfasting. Fun fact: Handfastings were legal in Scotland until 1939.
I'm worried my guests won't know what we are doing.
Don't worry, I'll explain the process to them so that they understand the significance and why you chose a handfasting.