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Hand Fasting
May 27, 2009, 8:37 pm
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Ok, so Mr. Fro Yo and I started thinking about what we wanted for the ceremony and went through the logistics of what might be possible at an outdoor wedding. We liked the unity candle, but feared that wind would blow it out, so we moved on. We also liked the sand ceremony, but we would have to bring our own table to the ceremony, and that sounded like a lot of work (Yes, apparently I’m that lazy). I researched a little more and found out about hand fasting.

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Photo from Flickr

I’d never heard of this, but I was intrigued.   It’s an ancient Celtic ceremony that is the inspiration behind today’s modern day expression of “Tying the Knot.” 

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(Image courtesy of Natalie Williams Photography)

The officiant or one of your bridal party tie your wrists together, typically with cord, but some couples choose to do it with things that mean something to them (ribbon, etc).  This is to signify that you are bound together through life.

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(Image courtesy of Natalie Williams Photography)

Some vows I’ve seen that accompany this part of the ceremony are:

“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding your hands on your wedding day, as you promise to love and care for each other today, tomorrow and forever.” and “These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it, that will hold and comfort you when fear or grief confront you. These are the hands that will wipe away tears from your eyes, both tears of sorrow and – much more common I am certain – tears of joy.” 

So what do you think? Would you all be interested in seeing that?  Has anyone seen this before?

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