We did a handfasting ceremony. Here is the reading,and also see pics below.
Jillian, take Ramon’s hands palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you:
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love,
that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
Now Ramon, please take Jillian’s hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you:
These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young, and carefree,
that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she promises to love you all the days of her life.
Now, please join hands so that they may be fasted in the ways of old. Your hands will form the eternity symbol, visually demonstrating that your love will always be present and will run between the two of you throughout the years.
Remember then as your hands are fasted, these are not the ties that bind, but are rather cords that signify the uniting of two lives into one.
Your marriage also signifies the joining of two families. I ask that Jillian’s mother & Ramon’s mother come to tie the fabric around Jillian’s and Ramon’s joined hands.
[Cords are held aloft]
The love already shared by your hearts
Has been strengthened by the vows you have taken
You will be bound by your love as you are bound by your clasped hands from now until the end of your days
[As the following is recited, hands are wrapped]
These are the hands that will love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as you build your future together.
These are the hands that will hold you whenever illness, fear, or grief may find you.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you support and encourage you to chase your dreams. Together, everything you wish for can be realized.
These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours.
[Binding is finished and cords are knotted]
Bless these hands that you see before you this day.
May they always reach out with love, gentleness, and respect.
May they build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime.
May they always be held by one another.
If you follow these words and heed this sacred binding,
your hands will heal, protect, shelter, and guide.
Now, you may remove the cords,
but remember the knot as a lasting symbol of your binding and commitment
[Cords are removed and stowed]