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Multi-cord Handfasting Ceremony Script
This intimate ceremony had everyone in attendance participating. Each person brought a different colored cord to tie the couples hands. Each color had a meaning as it pertains to marriage. You could use this ceremony with the multi-colored cords without each of them being presented too.
We will begin the handfasting ceremony with the Bride’s Dad. He is presenting the first cord, Green, wishing his daughter and future son the Nourishment of Family and Love. Much like sun and water, these elements will allow their union grow into a home shared with each other, regardless what garden the two find themselves in.
The second cord woven of silver is being presented to the couple by the Bride’s mother. Silver traditionally represents wisdom and respect, and let it be so here today. Let this cord not only represent the wisdom the two of you have shown in taking this step together, but may it also serve as a blessing, so that this union remains strong enough that life never grinds the two of you down to the point that you take each other granted.
A blessing of passion is being presented to the couple by The Groom’s mother. As she ties the couples' hands in the red cord, may she fasten into your lives and hearts not only the passion of young love, but the thick, slow burning embers of lifelong Passion.
The brown cord symbolizing dependability and grounding binding the couple's hands is being tied by the groom’s father. With this blessing, may the two of you always be able to lean against each other, find support in each other's arms, and keep each other centered; and when one of you stumbles, know that the other will catch you before you can fall.
The Bride’s sister will be tying the gold cord. With this cord, she brings a blessing of depth and value reminding the pair to hold each other with highest regard throughout their life together. For love is the greatest currency.
It is the Bride’s that brings forth a blessing of light and nourishment to the young union as represented by the white cord she ties around the couple's hands. May you find in each other a cure for your emotional hurts and may you find yourselves sharing more joys together
The Groom’s brother shall be tying the black cord a blessing of Empowerment and vision to recognize and draw upon the young couples true love in all perils they shall face throughout their union.
The Bride’s sister will be tying the eighth cord, pink, bringing to the couple a blessing of spontaneity to their lives. Memories are not only made of grand moments, but are also hiding in the simple adventures of daily life. May the two of you remember to allow your lives to dictate your schedule, and always remember to make time for life to happen.
The blue cord is presented by the Bride’s best friend, symbolic of water and a blessing for your love, that it may flow and fill you to your depths. May this love ease pain and suffering and bring you joy.
I, the officiant, shall be tying the purple cord for the couple today. Long regarded as the color of nobility. Purple also represents the color of mystery. It will be the last cord being tied during this ceremony, and a blessing for the couple as they explore so many different mysteries together. Mysteries not only imposed on them from without, but the mysteries hidden within each other and this brave new adventure they embark on.
Bride and groom may kiss to seal their bond.
(We will slip off the cords)
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