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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.

Wedding Rings

As you plan and prepare for your special wedding ceremony, if you have not already done so, you will probably also be selecting the rings you wish to exchange if you both choose to wear rings.

A ring is a circle which is also the symbol of the sun, the earth and the universe. It is also a symbol of wholeness, of perfection, of harmony and balance.

The exchange of rings is symbolic in so much as it is a symbol of the circle of shared love into which you enter together and a reminder of the vows you pledge and exchange.


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