Post # 1
I am very Irish. My dad is 100% and his grandparents, both sets, immagrated to the US from Belfast and County Cork. I really am proud of my heritage and want to incorporate something into the ceremony. I am already planning on having my dad read a Irish Blessing before our meal. But wanted something included during the ceremony. Any ideas or suggestions?!
The ceremony and reception (god willing) will take place outdoors. I am Catholic but this will not be a religous ceremony…
Thanks for your help!! 🙂
Post # 3
Hand Fasting is a Irish tradition. You can do this instead of the unity candle or sand ceremony.
I’m not Irish but we did this just because it’s different than most wedding.
We used a brown ribbon to tie our hands together while our officiant read this…
As this knot is tied, so are your lives now bound. Woven into this cord, into its very fibers, are all the hopes of your friends and family, and of yourselves, for your new life together. With the entwining of this knot do I tie all the desires, dreams, love, and happiness wished here in this place to your lives for as long as love shall last.
In the joining of hands and the fashion of a knot, so are your lives now bound, one to another. By this cord you are thus bound to your vows. May this knot remain tied for as long as love shall last.
May this cord draw your hands together in love, never to be used in anger. May the vows you have spoken never grow bitter in your mouths.
Two entwined in love, bound by commitment and fear, sadness and joy, by hardship and victory, anger and reconciliation, all of which brings strength to this union. Hold tight to one another through both good times and bad, and watch as your strength grows. Remember that it is not this physical cord, but what it represents, that keep you together.
Post # 4
@Sunshine23: We’re handfasting, too . Fiance is 2nd generation American on his mom’s side. Grandparents came over from Northern Ireland in the 40’s.
There is also the Irish Wedding Blessing.”May the Road Rise Up to Meet You…”
Post # 5
@gracie727: This is what we used during our ceremony:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
Post # 6
Thanks guys! I love the handfasting idea… exactly what I was looking for! I will absolutely look into this. 🙂
Post # 7
We’re doing a traditional cord handfasting too!