Scottish & Celtic Handfasting

Handfasting is the traditional marriage of Scotland. It is also the origin of the saying ‘tying the knot’ comes from as the couple would stand beside each other and two ribbons or cords were tied around their hands as they made promises to love and take care of each other.

The Handfast can be part of your legal wedding, renewal of vows or handfast (wedding blessing) if you wish.

There’s a bit more history to it and, during a ceremony, I explain what the handfasting is to your guests – you may have seen it in a film (i.e. Braveheart!!) but it is a very lovely tradition here in Scotland.. and still active in Scandinavia and the Ukraine!

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Ceremonies & Events


Legal Marriage Legal weddings and same-sex marriage in Scotland


Scottish & Celtic Handfasting is the traditional marriage of Scotland. I can incorporate this into your legal marriage or renewal of vows or wedding blessing

Renewal of Vows

A celebration for an anniversary and/or to celebrate your on-going commitment to each other

Baby Naming & Coming Of Age

For the special wee ones in your life

Funeral & Memorial

A Celebration of Life Other Celebrations Whatever the occasion, make it special!

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How much do you charge to conduct a Ceremony?

That depends on what type of Ceremony and the location

Do you come to the Wedding meal afterwards? That’s up to you.

That’s up to you. I don’t ‘expect’ to be invited, in fact I’d rather you had your family/friends there (I know how expensive wedding’s can be and I’d hate to take the place of someone you wanted to invite!). I may stay for a wee drink and Congratulate you

I am in America and I’d like to do something special for my partner – can you help?

Anything at all that I can do to help. If you need to arrange everything by email, it’s fine. And if you need help finding a location in your budget just let me know. I’m always out and about.

When should I book you for my Wedding?

As soon as you have your date! It’s not unusual to have a booking made 1-2 years before the Big Day so it’s vital that you get your date, venue, celebrant and band booked as soon as you can.

What if you are not available on my date?

It may happen! But, don’t worry, I have several lovely colleagues who I can recommend.

Where can I get married?

Anywhere in Scotland; in a garden, hotel, castle, palace, ruined historical sites, outside, inside, at home, on a boat, up a mountain.. (except some religious buildings)

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