Anvil Handfasting

Celebrate your love at Gretna Green with a romantic Anvil Handfasting

Handfasting has been a part of wedding history in the UK since medieval times. Traditionally a handfasting was the way in which couples showed their commitment to each other - a declaration of their intent to marry! Nowadays, we call this an engagement period and we symbolise it by wearing a ring. Back then, the couple's hands would be bound together with rope, ribbon, a sash or cord  - so beginning the phrase... tying the knot!

Here at Gretna Green, we offer handfasting for all types of occasions, whether you come to renew your wedding vows, celebrate your engagement or celebrate an important anniversary, or even just to show each other that you are committed, our Anvil Handfastings are a romantic and intimate ceremony; conducted by our Famous Blacksmiths Shop Guides.

Anvil Handfasting at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Scotland


How to book a Gretna Green Anvil Handfasting?

If you would like to book a handfasting at Gretna Green, you can do so by giving us a call on 01461 337893 or by emailing us:

How much does an Anvil Handfasting cost?

The cost for a handfasting at Gretna Green is just $53.10. The ceremony lasts up to 30 minutes and will take place in one of our marriage rooms in The Famous Blacksmiths Shop or Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House

Is a handfasting a legal wedding?

A handfasting is an informal ceremony, conducted by a Gretna Green Blacksmiths Guide - it is a traditional blessing and is not a legal marriage ceremony. You CAN add a handfasting to your wedding ceremony or official vow renewal ceremony too, if you like, but only a marriage conducted by a registrar or minister is a legal marriage.

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