Hand Fasting or Hand Tying
This type of ceremony is becoming very popular at weddings. Coloured ribbons or cords are wrapped around your wrists and at the same time you can make special promises to one another.
Hand fasting is steeped in tradition and ancient history. This custom has been around for many thousands of years. It certainly has Celtic and Pagan origins. During these times the couple were bound together at the wrists with coloured ribbons, cloth or cords. It is believed they would remain tied in this way until they had consummated the marriage. It is where the term “tying the knot” comes from. It was also used during a betrothal of marriage; the couple were bound together for a year and a day to see if they truly were compatible.
Of course we don’t keep you bound together like this now, once the ribbons or cords are in place they are knotted before being slipped off your wrists, the important thing is that the knots remain tied forever, to represent the two of you being joined together forever.
The choice of colours is up to you as a couple. Some people choose them to co-ordinate with the colour scheme of their wedding, with others preferring to choose colours based on their meanings. Family or friends can be involved as you may want them to place the ribbons or cords