A handfasting wedding service - Alison Dean Celebrant

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A handfasting is like a classic marriage.
Handfasting, following the Celtic tradition, or pagan tradition is a betrothal or wedding ritual.
The couple's clasped hands are draped with a cord or ribbon.
The couple, with the Celebrant, gather with friends and family.
They exchange vows and usually rings. Often there will be bridesmaids and friends assisting in the ceremony.
A unique bespoke ritual will be written, which reflects your desires and aspirations, to create the Handfasting of your dreams. The ceremony will be conducted by Alison
She will be delighted to discuss your personal dream - she will write a personalized ceremony reflecting your belief system, your personalities and your character.
Finally as your wedding officiant I never lose sight of the fact that the day is your day. So whilst I am on hand to help you, you will always have the final say on all aspects of your wedding handfasting ceremony.

Handfasting will generally be held in as natural a setting as possible - amongst nature and the elements. The space may be decorated with flowers and foliage of the season and lit with candles in lanterns.  The smell of sage and frankincense fill the air.  It is a space that is honoured and made sacred to the Elements of nature.
The ceremony is officiated by Alison who adheres to elements based tradition, believing in the forces of Nature and the Universe.  The couple are invited into the sacred space and the ceremony is conducted. Alison will provide a beautiful and memorable bespoke Handfasting ceremony.
Assistance of a Priestess and/or Quarters at cardinal directions can easily be arranged.  
The ceremony is romantic, spiritual and entwined in love, celebrating the love between two people and preparing them for their future together. But the day is also a celebration of family and friends coming together to wish a couple well. A day of celebration.

Different types of Ceremonies
One year and One Day Handfasting
A betrothal of a year and a day. The cords may be loosely tied symbolizing that the handfasting is a commitment, but one that is not an onerous one.
Full Celtic Handfasting
This is a beautiful mother earth-centred ceremony clearly focused on nature. One year and a day after being handfasted, the couple may return to the celebrant and repeat their vows with the cords or ribbons tightly knotted to make the commitment binding. This symbolizes the intent to have a permanent relationship. This ritual is the source of the expression "to tie the knot."
The 'Knot' Ceremony - a Partial Handfasting
Sometimes a couple prefer a Traditional Wedding Ceremony and include a handfasting as part of their ceremony - immediately after saying their vows. This is becoming increasingly popular in traditional wedding celebration ceremonies.
Calling On The Elements:
According to Celtic Spirituality,  The elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water are called upon to cast blessings upon the couple. The ritual is designed to enable us to get in touch with the life force within ourselves, to sense an interconnectedness with all life, and to access the energies of the living earth.
The Ceremonial Circle
Handfastings are conducted in a circle, which is a symbol of eternity - a sign that life, love and happiness have no beginning and no end.  All who enter the circle must do so in perfect love and keep sacred the ceremonial space.
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