(Closed) Handfasting Ceremony with guest participation?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@NikkiChic:  This ceremony sounds really sweet! Unfortunately, I’ve never heard of it…. Any other bees maybe?

Post # 5
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve never seen handfasting done in this particular way. It seems to be a variant on traditional handfasting, in which thirteen ribbons, each of a different colour representing an aspect that should be brought to the marriage, were used to bind the couple’s hands. Instead of using thirteen ribbons, your officiant will use one main cord with colours tied onto it. The principle is the same.

I hope to incorporate a handfasting into my ceremony. There are some beautiful words that can be said at this time. “These are the hands that will give you strength, these are the hands that will comfort you, these are the hands that will hold your children…”

In my opinion, this is where the phrase “tying the knot” came from!

Post # 6
89 posts
Worker bee

I’ve never heard of that particular kind of hand fasting, with guests tying on ribbons, but it sounds beautiful. I love the idea and symbolism of hand fasting and plan to use it in my wedding as well. 

Post # 7
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve never seen this particular variant on a handfasting. I’ve usually seen braided cords. But I like the fact that this allows all your guests to participate!

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