Handfasting was the original wedding ceremony and the cord was the original ‘rings.’ The act of “tying the knot” binds a couple to each other. When planning your handfasting ceremony, here are a few items to consider when working on your ceremony with your Officiant:
_ Do you want the Officiant to call in Elemental and Cardinal Blessings/ Blessing of the Space
_ Will there be a sage smudge
_ Will your ceremony be in circular or rectangular shape?
_ Do you want any special poetry, readings, or blessings?
_ Do you also want to jumping the broom?
_ Which knots do you wish to have (if any? Figure 8 knot is common)?
_ Who is the person who bind you (the officiant, family, children, friends)?
_ What colours would you would like to have?
_ Do you wish for the colours to be explained within the bind introduction?
_ who would you like to invite to bring up the cords (or are they on the table close by?)
_ Are you doing traditional handfasting vows or regular vows?
_ Will you use one cord (single or braided) or many?
_ Will the colours/cord represent just the two of you (or your children if you have them)
_ Who will take the cord away?
For more information, see past posts on where to get the handfasting cord, the traditions and the colour symbolism.