A contemporary popular addition in today’s wedding ceremony is to include a symbolic ritual between the bride and groom. This custom can have ancient or modern roots and come from a variety of cultural traditions such as: Handfasting An ancient wedding ritual often associated with Celtic or Pagan roots. The wrists of the bride and groom were tied together during the ceremony until the pledge had been made between them at which time the couple are untied. However, some traditions the cord was not untied until the marriage was consummated! Today, the Handfasting ritual (also referred to as Handfasting or Hand Tying) typically consists of tying the right hands of the couple to be to be married with ribbon(s), chord or sash while they exchange their vows.