Tom & Emma request the presence of your lovely company

We would like to invite you to our Handfasting Ceremony and Celebration

The ceremony will take place in Spain on the 22/09/2018.




What is a Handfasting Ceremomy?

A Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition dating as far back as the 1500’s. It is derived from Old Norse: hand-festa, which means to strike a bargain by joining hands. The notion of a handshake comes from the old tradition of hand fasting; and even today, ‘let’s shake on it, can represent a vow of sorts.



A handfasting, represents a commitment in context to a more intimate partnership, for as long as love shall last. The tradition asks that the couples merely needed to exchange vows, a marriage by mutual consent, without the church. Today the ceremonial handshake is symbolised by the binding of the couples hands by a ribbon. This is where the common phrase ‘tying the knot’ originates.



Today, the place of handfasting in a ceremony depends a lot upon the couple and who officiates the marriage. What is most appealing to many is that the tradition is simple, beautiful and counter cultural—with a rich tradition outside of religious institutions.




The handfasting will take place at Orgiva Tea Garden


Arrival in the garden is from 13.30 and the ceremony will be at 14.00 after the ceremony there will be time to stroll around enjoying the amazing garden and have a bit of cake, snacks and cava. At 15.30 we will leave the Tea Garden and make our way to Da A Luz


The party will take place at DA-A-LUZ a new holistic birthing and midwife school. All proceeds from the party will go towards supporting their cause. please see link for further details:


If you need lifts we can try to help arrange this once we know who is coming and who will have room in their cars.


No dress code: 

Don’t worry about what everyone else is wearing. Wear something that makes you happy. It will be an outdoor event with some walking around off road, so maybe not posh shoes 🙂



What to bring:

If you are planning on staying for a few days then feel free to bring bathing suits as the sea is an hours drive away. The end of september could still be pretty warm. There is also lots of hiking in the area if that takes your fancy.



Please don’t bring:

Presents – your presence is a gift!

cards – we would rather the trees be saved.


Please RSVP as soon as possible and no later than 1st of July. 



There is plenty of accommodation in the area. Airbnb is a good start. If you search Orgiva you will find places in the surrounding area. . Please be aware that some locations are off the beaten track.

There are also two campsites in Orgiva, The one with cabins to hire is this one :

There are also hotels, bnb’s and hostels in the area to cater for all budgets.

The venue we are holding the ceremony at is also offering guests to camp the nights of  21st and 22nd, free of charge, so we will be taking some of our tents down there, and if you would like to bring a tent feel free.




If you are coming by plane Malaga is the most popular place to fly to. You can also fly to Granada. We live 1:45 minutes from Malaga


Public transport:

There is a bus company called they do direct trips from Malaga to Orgiva but only once a day. You can also travel from Malaga to Granada then to Orgiva on more regular times.



There are also taxi companies and locals that do runs to and from the airport from Orgiva. Usually for around 80euros. Please get in touch if you would like further information, as we would have to arrange it our end.


Hire car:

If you are planning on staying a few days it would be good idea to hire a car as there is plenty to do in the area, and getting around by car makes it much easier. You can hire cars at Malaga Airport. Maybe you could group together to keep the price down.




The food provided will be some light snacks after the ceremony and a vegetarian evening meal. So please feel free to grab some lunch before the ceremony. The great thing about this area is you get free tapas with every drink.



Activities in the area:

This area is just full of things to do, especially if you like the outdoors. You have the whole of the Sierra Nevada at your doorstep. So lots of hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, beaches, spanish culture, the famous white villages of the Alpujarras. And Granada city is only an hour away. If you want to go and visit the Alhambra please make sure you book in advance.