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After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into this union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with a cord or cords just before, just after, or during their vows are made to one another. The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple.
In a show of unity, they become bound to each other. One custom may have the couple facing each other, binding both pairs of hands of the bride and groom.
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The mission of is to link people in the Pagan and Wiccan communities with ordained officiants who perform Handfastings, Wedding Ceremonies, Commitment Ceremonies, Sacred Unions and other Rites of Passage and celebrations.
A handfasting can either be a legal marriage (depending on state law), or a commitment for "as long as love shall last." A handfasting ceremony can be tailor made to suit the couple.
There are many variations of the traditional handfasting.
In the afternoon, we had our 'real wedding' under a huge old oak tree in the grounds, where a Priestess of Avalon from Glastonbury performed a handfasting, linking in the four elements with declarations of love, music, and readings.So we decided to have our legal ceremony in the morning, and make it a pyjama party!