Mark the official start of your lives together with a traditional handfasting ceremony.  Brewers Dictionary traces handfasting back to a fair held in Dumfriesshire.  It was a form of engagement which resulted in the couple becoming man and wife after 12 months.  The betrothal is symbolised by binding together your hands with cords.  This powerful symbolism has been used by a number of cultures around the world. Handfasting can also be incorporated into a full wedding ceremony. Please follow this link if you would like me to work with you on creating your bespoke handfasting ceremony.