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Ask Kate: Hand Fasting Wedding

August 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


I’d like to arrange an outdoor hand fasting ceremony. As hand fasting is a traditional Pagan ceremony, I don’t think it would be recognised as a legal ceremony so I think we would have to get married in a register office as well. Can you help me find someone to do the service?


You are correct in thinking that a Pagan handfasting marriage ceremony is not legally binding so you would need to marry in a civil ceremony, not necessarily in a register office as these days many venues are licensed to perform civil ceremonies. You could then hold your Pagan ceremony directly after.

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This gives some general information on hand fasting ceremonies and our featured Pagan Celebrant:

will be able to advise on how to go about holding your own handfasting ceremony.

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