Ceremonies within Ceremonies (Handfasting)


Rick and Gillians marriage took place in their own garden at home on 6th October 2018.


Their marriage was a blending of their English and Scottish heritage. It was specifically Gillian's request to have a traditional Scottish Handfasting incorporated into their ceremony.

It is a ritual of holding hands and placing ribbons or cords around their wrists symbolizing your life, your love and the eternal connection, that you have found with one another. Handfasting ceremonies can be incorporated in different ways.


With Rick and Gillian's handfasting ceremony it was done as part of the couples vows. As the couple make their vows they answer questions responding "I Do or We Do" and clearly state that they are marrying of their own free will and declaring this intent before friends and family, their witnesses. Within Rick and Gillians Ceremony there were six ribbons representing the six vows they were to make to eachother. The ribbons were nominated colours by the couple red, blue, black, white and green which went perfectly with the colours of their ceremonial area and also were colours that reflected on their family history/tartans.


Once the placing of ribbons over the wrists is completed and vows are made. A knot is tied. Hence this is where the saying "tieing the knot" originates. Knots have a place in the folklore of many cultures and usually symbolizes unbreakable pledges. It also after the ceremony remains with you as a keepsake of your wedding ceremony and reminder of your vows.


The Handfasting is a beautiful ceremony along with many others that I can incorporate into your marriage ceremony.


Remember that it is your Wedding Day and I am here to make sure that it is everything that you want it to be. Its all out YOU!

"We have so much to thank you for. You played an amazing part and everyone is still asking about the “tying of the knot”. Rick and Gillian



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