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Handfastings: A Pagan and Wiccan Wedding Primer

More and more Pagans and Wiccans are turning to handfasting rituals, rather than traditional weddings. Here's where you'll find information about the history of the custom, as well as proper handfasting etiquette, and ideas for ceremonies.

All About Handfastings
Looking for information on how to hold a Pagan handfasting ceremony? Here's where we've got it all covered, from the origins of handfastings to jumping the broom to selecting your cake! Also, be sure to learn about magical handfasting favors to give your guests, and look for Pagan clergy in your area to perform your services.

Pagan Clergy Listings
Are you Pagan clergy with services to offer our readers, such as handfastings, baby blessings, or memorial celebrations? You can post your listings here! Readers, if you're looking for Pagan clergy in your area, be sure to check our listings to see who's near you.

Handfasting History: An Old Tradition Made New
Handfasting was common centuries ago in the British Isles, and then vanished for a while. Now, however, it's seeing a rising popularity among Wiccan and Pagan couples who are interested in tying the knot. Find out where this custom came from, and what brought it back.

Handfasting Tips: How to Have a Magical Ceremony
So you've set a date for your handfasting -- congratulations! Now the fun really begins. Here are some helpful tips on how to have the best ceremony you possibly can.

Deities of Love and Marriage
Throughout history, nearly all cultures have had gods and goddesses associated with love and marriage.

Handfasting Favors: Magical Gifts for Your Guests
It's popular to give wedding guests a small favor to commemorate the event. If you're having a handfasting ceremony, why not make gifts that are representative of your spiritual tradition? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Sample Handfasting Ceremony
Thinking about having a handfasting instead of a traditional wedding? Here's a sample ceremony that you can use and tweak to fit your own needs and beliefs.

Jumping the Broom: Besom Weddings
As more Pagans and Wiccans celebrate handfastings, the tradition of jumping the broom has seen a rise in popularity. Although it once was thought to be strictly the domain of slaves in the American south, scholars now believe that the custom also has roots in European society.

Handfasting Bonfires: What You Need To Know
If you're thinking about having a sacred bonfire at your handfasting ceremony, that's awesome. It's a beautiful way to celebrate your special ritual. Here are some important tips to make sure everything goes smoothly, and that everyone stays safe.

Handfasting Cakes - How to Choose Your Handfasting Cake
Having a handfasting instead of a traditional wedding? Before you go spending a bunch of money on a big fluffy white cake, be sure to read a little bit about handfasting cakes and how to choose one!

Handfasting Photos from Our Readers
Many of our readers have had a Pagan handfasting instead of a traditional wedding. Be sure to check out our Handfasting Gallery to see what their ceremonies looked like!

How to Submit Your Handfasting Photo
Did you and your honey have a Pagan or Wiccan handfasting ceremony? Send in a photo of the two of you, and you might see it here on the site! Here's how to send yours in.

Who Can Perform a Handfasting?
Many modern Pagans opt to hold a handfasting rather than a traditional marriage ceremony. However, if you're asking someone else to perform your ceremony, you should ask some questions before you commit - after all, depending on where you live and what you want, not everyone can legally perform a handfasting.

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