Examples from the Web for handfasting
The author then goes on to rebuke a custom that at the handfasting there is made a great feast and superfluous banquet.
The marriage was only binding for one year, but if both parties were then satisfied, the "handfasting" was continued for life.From John O'Groats to Land's End|Robert Naylor and John Naylor
This custom of handfasting does not seem to have been peculiar to your parish.
The 'handfasting' thus concluded, 'Ye hae forgot the bride ale!'Border Ghost Stories|Howard Pease
After the handfasting and making of the contract, the church-going and wedding should not be deferred too long.