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Unique Wedding Ceremonies

INCORPORATING A HAND CEREMONY

A Hands Ceremony explains the importance of the hands of the bride and groom while the bride and groom are simply facing each other while holding hands.

Many cultures have different ways of blessing the hands of the bride and groom.

In Thai ceremonies, for example, the couple kneels as elder, married relatives pour blessed water from a conch shell onto their hands and offer words of blessing. In the ancient Celtic tradition of hand-fasting, the couple’s hands are literally tied together to symbolize spiritual and physical unity as prayers and blessings are recited.

In any tradition, a hand blessing is a ritual that is meant to draw you closer to one another…

Hands are considered to be a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together.’ {by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway}

With that in mind, let’s get onto the blessing ~ which is often read before the exchanging of rings at wedding ceremonies:

Hands Ceremony 1

I asked you to join hands as a symbol of the union that you are making here today.

I’d like you to think about the hands that you are holding.

These are the hands of your best friend

Holding your hands on your wedding day

Promising to love you and to work together as you build your future together.

These are the hands that will give you Strength when you need strength

Tenderness when you need tenderness

And love when you need love.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes

Tears of sorrow

But also tears of joy.

These are the hands that will hold all those whom you love.

These are the hands that years from now will still be searching for your hands,

Still seeking the love, encouragement and support that each of you seeks from the other.

Hands Ceremony 2

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.

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 tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Hands Ceremony 3

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other all the days of his life.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.

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 hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.

These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evenings after you’ve both had a long hard day.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.

May they always be held by each of you.

May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment.

Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture you in your wondrous love.

May these hands continue to build a relationship rich in caring and devotion in reaching for your perfection.

May you BRIDE and you GROOM see your four hands together as healer, protector, shelter and guide.

Hands Ceremony 4

THESE are the hands of your best friend, loving, caring that are holding yours on your wedding day, as each of you pledges your love and commitment to one another all the days of your life.

THESE are the hands that will work alongside yours as you build your future together, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

THESE are the hands that will welcome you home after a very long day.

THESE are the hands that will wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of Joy!

THESE are the hands that will hold you tight when you struggle through difficult times.

THESE are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick and console you when you are grieving.

THESE are the hands that will love you and cherish you throughout the years for a lifetime of happiness.

THESE are the hands that will give you support knowing that together as a team everything you wish for can be realised.

May your hands always be held by one another.

May they have the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the darkness of disillusionment.

Keep them tender and other in wondrous love.

Hands Ceremony 5

Now join your hands, and with your hands, your hearts.

These are the hands of the one you love and adore.

On this day, you promise to love and honor one another for all your days.

Reaching out to the one you love, may you find strength.

Standing side by side, may you find partnership.

Sharing responsibilities and chores, may you find equality and ease.

Helping each other in daily life and works, may you find fulfillment.

Loving each other through dark and light times, may you find power.

Look deeply into one another’s eyes, now, and promise to always see one another through the eyes of love.

As you hold hands, may you warmly hold one another’s hearts.

Our wish for you is that you build an extraordinary life together.

May your marriage be all you two would choose it to be!