Handfasting can be traced to ancient Celtic traditions. It is believed that this is where we get the term, "tie the knot." In this ritual, a couple joins hands and a ribbon or cord is wrapped around their hands by the officiant or a family member. A blessing is read while their hands are joined.
Together you will create a beautiful keepsake memory box with symbols, and written notes (perhaps your vows or a copy of your ceremony), and pictures that represent your love story. You may also wish to place a bottle of wine in the box and share the wine and contents of the box on your first, fifth, or tenth anniversary.
Beautiful stones collected on the beach are distributed to guests who will make a wish or blessing to the couple. The wish can be written on the stone as well. The stones are collected for the couple to have as keepsakes to remember the blessings and well wishes of their loved ones.
Planting a tree is a unity ritual to symbolize the growth and connection you share as a newly married couple. This is an ancient tradition that is shared by numerous cultures around the world.