This is what we’re using:
Bride, take Groom’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 full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
Now Groom, please take Bride’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 today, tomorrow and forever.
Now, please join hands so they may be fasting in the ways of old.
Remember then as your hands are fasted, these are not the ties that bind…
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 with cord]
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
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 tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours.
[Binding is finished and cords are knotted]
Remember 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, the cords will be removed, but remember the knot as a lasting symbol of your binding and commitment.
[Cords removed and stored]