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Handfasting or Handtying has its roots in ancient Celtic tradition; in Ireland a couple would be handfasted together in front of a priest at the beginning of their engagement with cords or ribbons. The three traditional colours were white for purity, blue for fidelity and red for passion, although green was often added to symbolise fertility. However, Handfasting has recently become increasingly popular to be included as part of the actual wedding ceremony itself. as it adds an extra layer of symbolism and meaning.

When you plan your wedding service with your celebrant, you can ask to have a handfasting at any point in the ceremony. Some couples like to have it as they read their vows to each other as a symbol of binding their vows and promises to each other. Other couples like to be handfasted at the end of the ceremony to signify a tying together of their two lives. The colours of the cords and ribbons can match the colour palette of the wedding or can be chosen for more symbolic meanings. To further personalise them, charms, beads, seashells or flowers are sometimes added. The idea is that after the celebrant has tied the right hands of the couple together they can pull the loose ends of the cords or ribbons and an eternity knot is formed, a knot that has no beginning or end and represents loyalty, faith, friendship and eternal love.

This is then kept or framed as a memory of one of the most precious and magical day of their lives.

I can make your handfasting ribbons or cords in whichever colours you choose and it is all included in my price, I can add charms or symbolic items to give it even greater meaning for you both.


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