There is no right or wrong way to make handfasting cords, and they can be as elaborate or simple as you want them to be. It really comes down to what you want to represent yourselves, or what is easiest for you.
Part of what I love so much about Offbeat Bride is that I feel like it’s all about finding inspiration outside of my little aesthetic bubble. For instance, I’m soooo not a native of the goth/industrial/fetish scene, but I can find about 10 inspiring things in the wedding photo below, which is from Severina & Seraphim‘s Seattle handfasting.
Our biggest challenge was balancing our desire to have a very pagan handfasting with the need to maintain a certain family friendly normalcy…
Since both our families were from out of state, we searched for a place where we could be together for a weekend. We wanted more of an experience than just a few hours of the traditional ceremony, food and dancing. We lucked out finding the Woods at Wihakowi, which is about 5 miles from our own house. It was small enough that we could take it over for the weekend but had enough space (36 acres!) that everyone could spread out.
The offbeat bride: Hayley, English Teacher Her offbeat partner: Tyson, Jazz Guitarist Location & date of wedding: Hayley’s Auntie and Uncle’s garden in Drysdale, Victoria, Australia on January 3rd, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: We had been together for nine years when we were married. Our wedding was always going to be a celebration […]
The offbeat bride: Sheri, Curriculum Developer Her offbeat partner: Theo, Software Test Engineer Location & date of wedding: Carrigan Farms, Mooresville, NC on November 4th, 2007 What made our wedding offbeat: My husband wanted to wear a Great Kilt in his family’s tartan, so we decided to use the 18th century as inspiration and the […]