Post # 1
So question. Has anyone actually done the “tying the knot” ceremony instead of doing a unity candle/sand thing? I reallllly dont want to do either of those and I kinda like the idea of physically tying the knot, but I can’t find any information on it.
Also, I saw something where they do a unity “paint”, where they pour paint or something on a canvas, which I REALLY like (I’m in theater) but I havent asked the church that we’re (hopefully) going to get if they’re okay with that. But I doubt they will be lol.
Also, has anyone done anything different/special for the “send off” after the ceremony? Other than bubbles, butterflies, “rice”, or anything like that? Our colors are peach, cream/ivory, and an gray-blue accent.
Post # 3
i went to a ceremony where they tied the knot. the are both climbers so they used climbing rope and tied a knot known to climbers.
it was very nice.
Post # 4
You can always do a handfasting? We’re doing one. I really hate the candles/sand/etc. thing, and we’re having a secular ceremony.
Post # 5
@Caila; I’m going to be “tying the knot” in 3 weeks. Message me if you want details, I can even send you our JP’s wording. We actually just finished personalizing our rope! 🙂
Post # 6
We are doing a fishermans knot ceremony. I had a really hard time finding anything but I put this together from things that I found… If you google how to tie a fishermans knot there are lots of tutorials
Fisherman’s Knot Ceremony
May we now have the cords.
(Both mothers stand and each hand Rev a cord. They return to their seats.)
The fisherman’s knot is the strongest there is; it will not break, and will only become stronger when under pressure. These two cords represent your past, your own individual and separate lives before today.
(Rev hands ropes to B and G and we start tying the knot)
As you intertwine your pieces, you are joining your two lives into one, representing the present. The finished knot symbolizes your future, and how your love and marriage will continue to be strong despite any trials life may throw your way.
Although the fisherman’s knot is one of the simplest knots to tie, it is also one of the strongest. The rope itself will break before the knot will. (pull the rope together).
I see by this knot before me that you both share the same intentions concerning this marriage, that you will hold each other’s heart tight, and form a strong bond from here to forever.
Let this knot be a symbol of the strength of your love for each other.
(Officiant summons knot bearer to retrieve the knot.)
(Knot bearer comes up and Groom and Bride place knot in box.)
(Knot bearer closes box and returns to his seat.)
Post # 7
@Caila: we’re doing a love letter and wine box ceremony for our unity portion. i agree that the others are over done. no send off or anything for us!
Post # 8
@CatABee: That’s really nice! I like that! Thank you!
Post # 9
Wew did a handfasting during our Christian ceremony. We loved it and we still have the rope we uses 🙂 I was so tired of seeing the unity sand/candle thing. I wouldn’t recommend having paint anywhere near your dress…
Post # 10
We did a handfasting at our ceremony. I made our cord.
Post # 11
@housebee: What did you use to make it? Its really pretty!
Post # 12
We are doing a fisherman’s/sailor’s knot.
We borrowed some sample text and altered a bit to our liking for our officiant to read. I also have a video of how to tie the knot. PM me if you’re interested.
Post # 13
@Caila: Thanks 🙂 It’s actually just ribbon (left over from programs/decor DIY) that I braided and tied into knots at certain intervals (roughy 6 in apart). Then I had a few charms that I tied onto the ends.
Post # 14
We will be having a handfasting. My mom, FI’s mom, and the two us will each supply braided cords/ribbons that can be braided together during the ceremony (and then tied loosely so we can slip our hands out and save the knot). I like the symbolism of our families along with us being intertwined.
As far as send offs, you could consider using loose lavender. It smells really good and is about the size of rice.
Post # 15
@FionnaCake: I like how you braid it and then make the knot! That’s beautiful! I like the lavender idea, hopefully the church will allow something like that.
Post # 16
@housebee: Ooh, so smart! lol. I may have to steal the charm idea from you, =p.