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Hand tying or handfasting. But what coloured ribbons should you choose?
From Rebecca Skinner
The Celebrants Network Incorporated Blog Coordinator
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Australia Celebrant Member
Hand tying or handfasting adds a lovely new dimension to a wedding ceremony. But what coloured ribbons should you choose?
All colours have their significance. For instance red is the colour of passion, strength and fertility; orange represents attraction and kindness while yellow is linked to confidence and joy.
Green, often used by financial institutions, represents prosperity along with health while blue, the colour of the ocean, stands for tranquility, devotion and sincerity.
Purple represents power, white- purity and peace and black, strength and success.
Pink is the colour of romance, brown is very grounding while gold is linked to energy, wealth (of course!) intelligence and longevity.
Silver on the other hand is the colour of creativity and inspiration.
So knowing all that, which colours would you choose? Maybe a mixture of them all...
I have done several Handfastings. The most recent was lovely as were the others. The Bride and Groom said their vows in conjunction with the colour of ribbon being laid across their joined hands. They are a young couple who really wanted traditional vows such as "for better for worse" "for richer for poorer" etc and we placed the appropriate coloured ribbon on their hands. For example "The gold ribbon signifies energy, wealth, intelligence, longevity" was laid over the hands with the words "for richer for poorer". Makes for a ceremony with meaning.