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hand·fast·ing

 (hănd′făs′tĭng)
n.
1. A Neopagan wedding ceremony in which the participants' hands are ritually joined, in some cases solemnizing a union for a specified term rather than permanently.
2. Archaic A handclasp used as a ceremony of betrothal.

handfasting

(ˈhændˌfɑːstɪŋ)
n
1. an archaic word for betrothal
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a kind of trial marriage marked by the formal joining of hands
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) a contemporary pagan (esp Wiccan) marriage ceremony
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But Gluck, in the last chapter, using barely three lines for it, mentioned the hypothetical desirability of trial marriages.
Cohabitating couples are engaged in a trial marriage, they reason, and part ways without a divorce if they find they aren't meant for each other.
Premarital cohabitation, also known as trial marriage, has now become a common phenomenon in the modern time.
Liang is still hesitant, so Qin suggests they start a trial marriage at his opulent ecotourism treehouse in coastal Sanya in Hainin province the next time she jets into town.
Some think a trial marriage to be a good idea; others simply don't care about rules of any kind.
A quickie divorce is also on the cards when they've sobered up, until the row over custody of a EUR3m slot machine jackpot win winds up in court and a judge orders a six month trial marriage.
The high divorce rate during these two decades, therefore, is in large part due to this system of trial marriage.
Carlyle said: "I've had a trial marriage with Hollywood but we're currently separated.
Young couples would have a trial marriage for the period of the fair and if they did not want to marry at the end, they could part.
CHRIS Evans and Billie Piper are considering a trial marriage separation, it was reported last night.
When he shacked up with Sophie in Buckingham Palace as a sort of trial marriage so Sophie could see if he was up to it, one of Fleet Street's angriest agony aunts was 'aghast at the thought that a bra and panties might be dripping on a line over his Royal Bath (her caps).
Meanwhile, David is planning a trial marriage with former Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia.