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Wedding Customs of History and Heritage: Handfasting

Handfasting Custom
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.

The Wedding Vows and Ceremony

Wedding Vows and Ceremony | Photo by Christine Arnold

Your wedding vows and the ceremony itself is the single most important part of your wedding day!

The vows you exchange have more importance and significance on your wedding day than the photography, the cake, the flowers, the catering, the bridal gown, the attire of the wedding party or even the theme of the wedding.

No matter how short or how long your wedding ceremony is, this is the heart of the day and the purpose for the celebration. The words that you exchange reflect the foundation of your relationship, the substance of you and your story together. The promises that you make to each other during the ceremony create the guiding lights for your marriage and your life together.

Renewal of Vows

If you have been married for many years together, without a doubt, you will have enjoyed the highs in life, as well as overcome the challenges. In the process, you have grown individually but, most especially, you have grown even closer together. In a heartbeat, you would do it all over again!

Whether it is some five years together or as many years as sixty or even more, a special anniversary of your marriage is a wonderful time to renew your vows. In renewing your vows, you are celebrating your years and life together and you can share this joy with your family and friends.

This ceremony can be performed by exchanging the same vows as you originally did, or they can be embellished or simply have new vows created to reflect you and where you are today in life.

Commitment Ceremony

If you are a couple and would like to commit to one another without the binding legal requirements of a Marriage License you can enjoy a Commitment Ceremony.

A Commitment Ceremony can take many different forms. It can be as any wedding with all the bells and whistles, but without a Marriage License to make it legal in the eyes of the law. The Commitment Ceremony can include traditional vows or contemporary, involve different cultural customs such as Hand Fasting, Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony.

This special ceremony can be as large or as small as you wish it to be.


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