After the handfasting and making of the contract, the church-going and wedding should not be deferred too long.
The 'handfasting' thus concluded, 'Ye hae forgot the bride ale!'
The author then goes on to rebuke a custom that at the handfasting there is made a great feast and superfluous banquet.
This custom of handfasting does not seem to have been peculiar to your parish.
This consisted of "handfasting" and the exchange of something, even if only a kiss, to bind the bargain.
The marriage was only binding for one year, but if both parties were then satisfied, the "handfasting" was continued for life.