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A handfasting ceremony is an ancient marriage ritual made popular in Ireland and Scottland during the Early Christian period. This symbolic lashing together of the couple's hands is the origin of the familiar expression, "tying the knot". Interesting and inexpensive alternative to a unity candle.

An old Celtic wedding tradition: Celtic Handfasting ceremony. This is where they got "tying the knot" from.

Handfasting: The term "tying the knot" originates with the practice of handfasting. During the ceremony, the couple's hands are tied together with one or several colored cords or ribbons, symbolizing the desire of the couple to be united. The cord is often kept by the couple in a box or ornate bag as a reminder of their vows.


I am totally doing this! handwritten vows framed side by side so you can keep them and remember what you promised one another :) There is also a knot tied at the bottom with the date.

DIY Wedding - Tying the knot save the date

Handfasting Ceremony ~ a lovely addition to any marriage ceremony ~ of any faith. Anyone incorporating this into their ceremony?? Photo by