History & Traditions

You can expect to find differing, and indeed conflicting opinions expressed in these writings. I have displayed a wide as variety of opinions as I can find. If you have others you'd like included, let me know.


History of handfasting

On Besom Weddings

The origins of jumping the broom

Flowers for a Period Wedding

Plants and flowers have been used to decorate weddings since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. Many ancient cultures, the Greeks included, paid homage to the gifts of nature by incorporating them into all of their celebrations.

Discussion of Handfasting History

A discussion by Raven

Anglo-Saxon Wedding Customs

Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for her shoe.

Celtic Neo-Pagan Handfasting

Ancient Irish Wedding Tradition

Handfasting is an ancient Celtic custom, especially common in Ireland and Scotland, in which a man and woman came together at the start of their marriage relationship. Their hands, or more accurately, their wrists, were literally tied together. This practice gave way to the expression "tying the knot" which has come to mean getting married or engaged.

Christian Handfasting

Handfasting can be compatible with christian traditions