Tying the Knot: The Handfasting Ritual
Have you ever wondered where the saying 'tying the knot' meaning to get married originates?
The answer can be found in the ancient Celtic tradition of handfasting; a ritual ceremony which physically joins two people through the symbolism of binding their hands. Ellie Brooks, an independent Celebrant at Wildflower Ceremonies seen here in the picture explains the ritual.
"There are many different ways the chords can be tied to symbolise different aspects of the couples relationship. The colour of the chords can also have meaning for the couple and in some ceremonies the chords can come from each family; weaving them together being the ultimate joining of the two families."
Usually linked to alternative Pagan ceremonies, this visually symbolic ritual is beginning to find its way into more traditional ceremonies as couples seek to personalise their wedding ceremony.
Is the hand fasting ritual suitable for a mansion house wedding venue such as Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester?
"At Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we believe our wedding couples should celebrate their marriage vows in the way most personal and meaningful to them. The hand fasting ceremony is equally as meaningful and memorable in a mansion house as any other wedding ceremony setting.
The Sunninghill Event Manager Jacky Walker explains how this handfasting photoshoot ceremony at the venue arose.
"At Sunninghill Weddings we believe part of our role is to keep a finger on the pulse of new and emerging wedding trends, especially those linked to helping couples to create a truly bespoke marriage ceremony. This can be in the words spoken, the rituals undertaken and the venue layout and styling.
A great way to share our findings is in a photoshoot."
We have been following Ellie at Wildflower Ceremonies on social media for quite some time; impressed by the quality of her posts
The Sunninghill Weddings Team