(Closed) Fisherman's Knot Ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m doing this in my ceremony as well.  Here is the wording we will be using:

We will be prompted with the traditional intentions segment and say our I DO’s and then we will follow with this knot part of the ceremony:

Story of the True-Lover’s Knot: (Officiant reads)

Around the turn of the nineteenth century, an art form arose from the ranks of deep-water sailors. That art form was KNOTTING. Sailors used rope to create knots that were anywhere from simple to elaborate. Some knots were purely for use, some knots were created for decorative use. Some knots were used to signify meaning. One knot that arose during this time period that was heavily laden with meaning was the TRUE-LOVERS’ KNOT.

The true lover’s knot is a simple and clear knot, implying its forthright goal. It is made up of two overhand knots, linked together, much like the “true-lovers” are in their hearts. A deep-water sailor would tie the knot loosely, and send it to his intended back home. Upon receiving it, the woman could:

 a) untie it, meaning the sailor shouldn’t show his face around the next time he was in port, or

b) she could send it back, leaving it loose, the way she received it, meaning the sailor would be welcomed home, but he better be on his best behavior, or

c) she could tighten the knot before returning it,

meaning the sailor should hurry his way to the homestead.

Groom, since you are asking Bride to marry you, take this cord, which represents the bond between you, and tie the knot which signifies your intentions for your gathered friends and family to see.

Groom ties the knot and hands the rope to Bride.

Bride, will you tighten the knot to represent how you will hold his heart tight to yours.

Bride tightens knot and hands rope to Officiant. Officiant holds knot up for all to see.

I see by this knot before me that you both share the same intentions concerning this relationship, that you will hold each other’s heart tight, and form a strong bond from here to forever.

Officiant hands rope to Best man.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@tbskelly:  where did you get the rope you used for this? I have been looking amd can’t seem to find anything nice.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have been trying to find rope for this too and can’t find anything either.

 

I am also trying to find something that says how to tie the knots or exactly what types of knots but it hasn’t been super easy..

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are going to do this ceremony for our wedding and here is our wording:

Today, GROOM and BRIDE have chosen to “Tie the Knot” to symbolize the two of them coming together as one. They will be making the “true lovers knot” which is the strongest there is; it will not break, and will only become stronger when under pressure. The rope itself will break before the knot comes undone.

May we now have the cords? [Mother of the bride and groom will bring the cords to the front, present the cords to their child and give us kisses & hugs]

These two cords represent your past, your own individual and separate lives before today. [As BRIDE & GROOM start to tie the knot as OFFICIANT continues]

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.

Hope this helps! We havent found the cords yet… It’s really difficult to find the right colors.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Diehlrl:

It may be a bit over top but what about a curtain pull for the  rope?

It would be pretty. Could probably find it in your wedding colors. And it  will probably be thicker and easier for guests to see.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Diehlrl:  We ended up using some rope from our friends sailboat it came in really bright colors (blue and yellow) so it was very easy to see from a distance.  They weren’t necesarily our wedding colors but I think it worked out fine. We also had some really cool shots taken with the rope and our rings that I will attach for you to see. Hope this helps!

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Thanks! It does.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@skippygurl and @Leigh827

I actually got mine at fabricland in the curtain section $5/meter lol lots of different colours.

 

 

@akuehl_stone_0706


Thank you, seriously! you have had the best wording I have found on the internet. You did a great job. 

 

 


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