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Handfasting, a very celtic tradition

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Summer is finally here, and wedding season is in full swing. We think there’s nothing more special than a Scottish wedding with Kilts, Ceilidhs, and carry-on!

 We know how to celebrate in style in Scotland, and we’ve noticed a few old traditions are becoming quite popular again.  One tradition that we are seeing more and more of is Handfasting. It’s a lovely addition to a ceremony, so we wanted to take a little time to explain what it is and how you can incorporate it into your special day.

Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition traced back to 7000 BC. Originally a Wiccan or Pagan ritual, it has grown in popularity, particularly for couples having a non-religious ceremony.

So how does it all work?

The Handfasting can be performed by your Celebrant or a member of your wedding party or family. We think having a loved one perform it for you would be an unforgettable experience for all involved! It can be used alongside your vows or as an addition to the ceremony, meaning you can tailor it to suit your day.

Ribbons or cords would bind the hands of the couple together, symbolising the joining of their lives, hopes and desires. Tartan ribbon in colours matching the groom or wedding party’s Kilts would be a beautiful touch! The Celebrant, or chosen loved one, will ask the couple to join hands; the ribbon or cords are then wrapped around their hands while vows are spoken. To complete the Handfasting, your Celebrant will declare your union bound before moving on to the next part of the ceremony. Traditionally, the couple would stay bound until midnight, but we think that might make the rest of the celebrations a little tricky!

We hope that’s given you a wee bit of an idea of what Handfasting is and may have tempted you to consider it if you are planning your own wedding.

Are you looking for outfit inspiration for your special day? Our Highland wear section in the shop offers Kilts, Jackets, and a wide selection of accessories to ensure you look your absolute best.

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