Post # 1
I was watching Braveheart with my fiance the other day and it came to the part in the beginning where William Wallace whisks his love off to the forest for their secret wedding. I always loved that part of the movie, it’s one of my favorite wedding scenes. They did the hand tying ceremony and I was thinking how beautiful the symbolism of it is. I’ve only been to one wedding and I think they had a unity candle but no handfasting. I’m thinking I would really like to include it in our ceremony and it’s a celtic tradition (I’m 100% irish) so it might be something nice to do as a nod to that heritage.
Any bees done one of these ceremonies in their own wedding or seen it done at a wedding?
Post # 3
@ErinCC: I did a wedding last weekend that the couple did a handfasting. It was beautiful, they made their own cord for the ceremony. it represented them joining in body, mind and soul (spirit).
Although the movie totally took the meaning out of context.
Post # 4
We had a hand fasting ceremony and it was very romantic. My husband is Irish and I’m of Scottish heritage so our whole wedding had a Celtic theme down to my sapphire and diamond Claddagh ring, which is where the whole idea originated.
I hand-made the cord and found both an officiant and the hand-fasting vows online. It was really easy and really unique. Highly recommend it:)
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
That thread may be helpful
Post # 6
Yes – we’re doing it but with a bit of a twist – in lieu of readings, we’re giving about 12 of our family members/friends who are not in the bridal party yards of ribbon and asking them each to come up to do the hand fasting and they can say something if they want to.
I’ve posted the ceremony wording on the bee somewhere – need to find it. haha.
Post # 7
We did it. We made our own as well but there is an incredible lady on etsy that makes beautiful hand woven ties. I spun and plied the wool and sten started weaving it. Ok diy weaving did not finish in time so I ended up the morning of the wedding crocheting it. The tie was in our weding colours and really one of the best parts of our ceremony.
Post # 8
I would love love love to do this. We are just now trying to get an idea of what our ceremony will be like and I think this would be great. We are both irish and scottish and my FI is wearing a kilt. We want to give a nod to our heritage, but it is not all celtic themed.
Edit: How do you make your own rope?
Post # 9
Anybody can do these, it started because there were so few ordained ministers in the highlands, and since no one could read, they came up with it…it’s actually pagan, so all comers are welcome and it’s a lovely tradition. There’s one cord for each vow made, sort of a physical representation of them, and you can buy pretty cord from a craft store, or ribbons, some people attach family heirlooms or charms to them, different colors and fabrics, if your scottish your tartan is a nice idea. Traditionally they are left on for one day, but its kind of a challenge to manage that anymore….
Post # 10
I would love if anyone could share the script that you used for the ceremony. I am trying to find a good one for us. 🙂