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.
Bind yourself, literally, to your husband by participating in the Celtic wedding tradition of handfasting — where we get the phrase "tying the knot." It involves tying or binding the right hands of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. Photo by Stacy Reeves Photography via Style Me Pretty