With so much emphasis on planning the reception (because let's face it-- who doesn't love a great party?), the details of the wedding ceremony are often overlooked or left to the last minute. When you think about it, though, the ceremony is the part that holds the true significance of the wedding day: the actual marriage! This is why we've decided to regularly provide you with "tradition tidbits," which will give you a bit of insight on how to incorporate fun and meaningful rituals into your wedding ceremony.
Handfasting allows you to really “tie the knot!” This Celtic tradition started in early modern Europe and in addition to being used in weddings or betrothals, it was also common in business transactions to symbolize an agreement. It is also commonly used in Hindu ceremonies. The tying of the couple's hands symbolizes being bound through life, and a short reading (like the one below) usually accompanies the tradition:
"Two entwined in love, bound by commitment and fear, sadness and joy, by hardship and victory, anger and reconciliation, all of which brings strength to this union. Hold tight to one another through both good times and bad, and watch as your strength grows. Remember that it is not this physical cord, but what it represents, that keeps you together."
You can use any decorative cord, ribbon, meaningful fabric, or scarf for the handfasting ceremony. Or, as a fun way to involve your guests, consider asking them to each bring a small length of ribbon and have them all joined together, symbolizing the support of friends and family in your new marriage.