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November 2nd, 2013, 11:13 AM
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This is a very simple definition of a handfasting.

Handfasting is an alternate form of marriage ceremony. It dates back hundreds of years, and spans several cultures. In some cultures (as in the Scottish Highlands), it was a marriage of a "year and a day". If at the end of the year, the couple found that they were incompatible, and there were no children, they could part. Otherwise, they could agree to remain together, and the marriage then became a legal and lifelong bond.

I know people who had handfasting ceremonies but also had a valid marriage license, too. They still renew their handfasting vows per their beliefs.

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