How to use a Hand Fasting at a Wedding Ceremony
There are many beautiful wedding rituals you can add to your Wedding Ceremony to give it a special touch. As a Marriage Celebrant in Perth I believe your wedding should be a special occasion and enjoying an inclusion of a Handfasting ceremony is a way you can make the Wedding “special”. A Handfasting Ceremony is an old custom you can include which will give a romantic touch to your Wedding Ceremony.
Here is a Handfasting ceremony that I performed recently at a wedding for Margherita and Joseph in Cottesloe, Perth recently:
In Europe, until the mid 1700’s, few unions were sanctified in a church or synagogue. Rather, they were celebrated by a simple hand fasting ceremony in which the bride and groom joined hands over the village anvil, in the fields or in the groves of trees. Today, we build upon this tradition. Margherita and Joseph have linked hands, to form an infinity circle symbolizing the entirety of the universe as represented in their relationship.
(Brad Perth Marriage Celebrant asks Joseph and Margherita to stand and lays his hand atop their linked hands and then says)
Know now before you go further, that since your lives have crossed in this life you have formed strong ties between each other. As you seek to enter this state of matrimony you will strive to make real, the ideals which give meaning to both this ceremony and to the sanctity of marriage.
With full awareness, know that within this circle you are not only declaring your intent before your family and friends, but you speak that intent also to each other. The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your union; they will cross the years and growth of your souls.
(Brad Perth Wedding Celebrant ties the scarf around their linked hands and then continues with the following)
These are the hands that will passionately 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 comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief racks your mind.
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.
(The Scarf is then untied by Brad Perth Wedding Celebrant and then the Bride and Groom are declared Husband and Wife. The marriage is then sealed with a kiss).
Brad Whitelock, Perth Wedding Celebrant. Ph: 0431 974 608