Planning your wedding is such an exciting time and it’s only natural you want to personalise it. From venues to stationery, dresses to suits, vows to readings, all wedding are different and your wedding should reflect you. There are a number of symbols and gestures you may want to include such as a sand ceremony, unity candle, dove or butterfly release or YES a Handfasting ritual! … where we get the term “tying the knot”.
Whilst your hands remain unified as Anna and Steve’s were, you may wish to have someone read a passage such as “Blessing of the Hands” (author unknown), “The blessing of the Apaches” (unknown author), an excerpt from “The Art of Marriage” (William A. Petersen) or a piece of literature special to you both.
The “Asking” is also done whilst the hands are still tied and then the Matron of Honour without untying the ribbons removes them from your hands and places them in an organza pouch where they remain tied with the blessings of the families, whilst also symbolizing that like the ribbons your lives are tied together forevermore. You then move on to your vows and exchanging of rings
WOW! Is it any wonder I love my work as a Marriage Celebrant.
As stated by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway “hands are considered to be a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together.”