Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hand-fasting For Your Wedding Ceremony

         Add Handfasting to your Wedding Ceremony


Guests always 'perk up' when my couple and I start doing hand-fasting during the wedding ceremony. 

Handfasting in progress

I explain that this tradition is as old as the written language and is practiced in many cultures. 
 
Hand-fasting ceremony in progress.
Hand fasting ceremony in progress.
Handfasting ceremony in progress.



























The term hand-fasting comes from an old custom of formally uniting a couple by binding their hands together with ribbon or rope.  This is where the terms ‘giving ones hand in marriage’ and ‘tying the knot’ comes from.

Tying the knot.

Handfasting

With this cord, I will now bind the Bride and Groom to the promises they make to each other.
Handfasting ceremony in progress.

Tying the knot.


The knots of this binding are not formed by this cord, but by your vows.