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  • Writer's pictureIan Deveney

FAQ - What is the difference between Hand Fasting and Hand Tying?

Scotland is one of the most scenic and romantic destinations in the world. In addition to that we have some wonderful traditions - varied and eclectic- which will make your Wedding day or Vow Renewal special. It will weave your love story into the fabric of this ancient place.

One of the most well-known rituals is the Hand Tying ceremony. Hand tying is an ancient ritual with its roots in Celtic culture. In the ritual, the hands are tied together with a selection of symbolic cords, to symbolize the binding of two lives. It has been immortalised on the big and small screens in recent years – Braveheart, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Due to this it has become more mainstream and pops up in Weddings and Vow Renewals. Hand-tying,however, is only one part of the deep and spiritual ceremony of Hand fasting.

In a full Hand Fasting Ceremony, the Celebrant will perform the whole service with purpose and intent. Often, they draw on the blessings of deities and earth entities as well as drawing on their own spirituality. The ceremony is performed with reverence and purpose.

Hand tying is often only one of the many rituals performed during the ceremony.

If you are looking for a special, personal way to celebrate your love, choosing a Hand tying ritual can be a beautiful and meaningful way to do it. I can write (or help you write) your own vows and advise you on the symbols and meanings that will make the ceremony unique to you. If a full Hand Fasting Ceremony resonates with you, we can discuss all that that entails during our first chat. As these ceremonies often taken place in nature, what better place to do this than over looking the famous banks of Loch Ness or one of our magical ancient woodlands.

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