Alternatively, your local High Priestess or minister may be able to provide this service for you. Some of the officiants at the non-profit organization Handfastings.org are wonderfully creative and offer the service of creating one-of-a-kind handfasting cords for your special day. All you have to do is ask!
Another alternative is to create the cords yourself. You can braid several colors (that are meaningful to you and your partner) of cords and ribbon together. You can even add some symbolic charms to them, such as a pentacle, heart or special stone. A handfasting cord should be approximately 9 feet in length (buy the ribbons longer, as braiding shortens them). You can get the ribbon, cords, or yarn from craft or fabric stores, and then once it is made you can bless them on your altar if you have one, or have your handfasting officiant bless it for you.
Due to the fact that handfasting cords are not widely commercially available in any market, we must improvise and create what we need for ourselves and each other. Wedding officiants who perform handfastings or couples who are planning on getting married with a handfasting ceremony have to get creative, make their own cord, or find someone who is willing to make one for you.
Luckily, there are many spirited artisans who enjoy crafting cords specifically for this purpose. Handfastings Magazine has found many great crafters on websites such as Esty.com, Ebay and other sites dedicated to crafting handfasting cords.
To meet the demand of our readers, however, Handfastings Magazine is planning on helping you source ribbons, tulle, wool, and other items and trinkets in order for you to make the handfasting cord you envision.
Your sacred handfasting cord is a symbol of your union and a beautiful keepsake after your ceremony for years to come. While it is the couple who forms the bond by their vows and their intent and not by the handfasting knot itself, the cord nevertheless becomes a symbolic and meaningful heirloom that can be handed down from generation to generation, and can even be reused by the child of the couple that originally used it, much like a daughter will wear her mother's wedding dress (or a part of it) on her own wedding day.
So what on earth does a couple do with their cords after the ceremony? Many people preserve their cords in a beautiful keepsake box. Some place their cords on display on a shelf by wrapping it around other wedding keepsakes, like around their wedding chalice.
One couple decided to tie their cord to the end of their handfasting besom (broom) and has it displayed over the door to their home.
You can even tie your cord to the top of a bedpost (if you have one) to ensure fertility if you do so desire. Or you can simply go to a craft store, purchase a shadowbox, and pin up your handfasting cord into an infinity symbol and display it in your home. Be creative and have fun!