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The Hand Ceremony

Quotation MarkYou will be putting a lot of thought and planning into your wedding day to make it everything you wish for. One of the most beautiful moments of the day will be the marriage ceremony itself. Standing facing each other is an exciting and precious moment – one that can inspire and uplift you as you declare your love and commitment to one another.
For many years couples have been holding each others hands as they join in marriage. It symbolises not only their love but also their connection and joining. The simple act of holding hands never fails to touch couples, families and friends. James and Elizabeth answered the simple questions below and we wrote this beautiful declaration for their wedding day. They held each others hands and this was spoken just before they exchanged their vows to each other:

"James and Elizabeth, your hands together will nurture your love and your relationship. Hold each other and gently hug one another often.
In times of struggle may they help you to relax and feel safe and loved.  In times of joy may they join in celebration.
These hands will hold each of your children in tender love - guiding, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and together your hands will share the many joys and responsibilities of family life.
May these hands that are given to the other freely and without reservation be blessed with strength and tenderness.
May these hands continue to build a relationship founded in grace, rich in caring, and devoted to loving.
May they always be held by one another for many, many years."

Three Simple Questions to Create a Special Declaration for Your Ceremony

  • What does it mean for you to hold your partner’s hands?
  • What do your partner’s hands represent? 
  • What do you love about holding each others hands?
You can write down your answers in dot points or write to your hearts content. Once you have finished you can use your answers to craft a beautiful declaration, using the example above, that will be heartfelt and deeply touching. Remember to ‘KISS’ – Keep it short and sweet! The possibilities are endless.
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