From lighting candles to layering colors of sand, there’s a special wedding ceremony ritual to fit every couple’s style.

One of the most popular options is the hand-fasting ceremony, but what is it exactly?

A hand-fasting ceremony has its roots in ancient Celtic tradition, symbolizing the binding together of two people (and the origin of the phrase “tying the knot!”).

During the ceremony, the celebrant begins by explaining the ritual and what it means to the couple; the binding of their lives together and the union of their hopes and desires. The celebrant invites the couple to join hands. They stand side by side, joining one of their right hands with the other’s left. Two friends or witnesses then assist with the tying of the ribbons. And if the couple have children, this is a wonderful way to involve them, symbolising the uniting of the whole family in the marriage.

The celebrant now reads a series of vows as the hand-fasting ribbons are wrapped around the couple’s hands. Generally, a separate ribbon is used for each vow. Then, the celebrant makes an additional statement about the completion of the binding and the commitment it symbolises. The couple can also use fabric  hat has special meaning for them instead of the ribbons.

After the hands are joined together, the ceremony can move on to additional vows. Or the hand-fasting can be used for the vows and the ceremony then moves on directly to the ring exchange.

To discuss your hand-fasting ceremony in Mallorca, contact us here.

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