This is a beautiful way to show your love and the binding of yourselves to each other on your wedding day.
Handfasting was an old way of showing the commitment that two people had to each other. They were literally bound together until the formalities of marriage could be conducted.
The materials used today are as beautiful and varied as you like. From wedding ceremony themed colours to simple cords, even football scarves or a meaningful piece of fabric.
I use silk ribbons or cords decorated with meaningful charms such as, the tree of life or a Celtic knot, symbols of love and commitment. Your binding in love can be any colour you want, or I can advise you on symbolic colouring.
The ring is a circle of precious metal. The metal has varied over the years and there are definite trends. I considered the heavy dark metals for my second marriage as I wanted to have something different. However, when I looked into it I found that the use of gold was a tradition to show the brightness and represent the rising of the sun. So I fell back in love with the idea of a traditional gold ring.
The wedding ring is a symbolic and traditional representation used to signal the unending commitment of love.
I often smile when I look at it. It is a sunny 18ct gold. A little softer than 9ct but brighter. It is a plain band of gold but symbolises so much. When you are buying your rings, remember you have many choices. The metal, the design, the embellishments such as a diamond. But the most important thing about sporting a ring that states love never ending is that you mean it.
The best way to show your love is through your ceremony. In making your vows, your promises and wedding day commitment in front of your witnesses you are declaring your intentions.
As an experienced wedding celebrant I will guide you, help you to choose the words that say exactly what you are feeling. They are important as like your wedding ring they will last a lifetime.