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Handfasting is a lovely tradition to include in your unique wedding ceremony. Get inspiration from other couples who’ve “tied the knot” and then learn how to make your own handfasting cords. You may also be interested in our archive of Pagan weddings.

How to make DIY handfasting cords PLUS handfasting cord ideas

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.

Severina & Seraphim Seattle handfasting

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.

“When Pagans Go Traditional” wedding

Our biggest challenge was balancing our desire to have a very pagan handfasting with the need to maintain a certain family friendly normalcy…

Lisa & Rowly’s kid-friendly campsite wedding

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.

Hayley & Tyson’s Vintage Garden Party Wedding

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 […]

Sheri & Theo’s 18th Century Scottish Harvest Wedding

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 […]