At the Balance Procedure, we offer you to create a truly memorable, meaningful and personalised ceremony. Led by Independent Celebrant Jenny Cox, we can carry out Life’s Milestones in ‘Balance’. Whatever the ceremony or occasion, and regardless of whether you want something traditional or unconventional, our role is to assist you create the special occasion of your dreams.
There are many rituals that have lasted centuries that symbolise a couples love and commitment. The handfasting ceremony dates back to the time of the ancient Celts. It was used to acknowledge the beginning of a trial period of a year and a day during which time a couple were literally bound together – hand fasted. It was however a temporary agreement which could be made permanent after the trial period if both parties agreed.
Nowadays, the handfasting ceremony is only used symbolically, as marriage is a lifetime commitment. The bride and groom’s hands are joined together, usually holding hands so the wrists and pulses are touching, with a ribbon or symbolic material looped over the bride and groom’s wrists and tied by the celebrant, The words spoken usually express that the couple are bound by their love and commitment for one another and like the cord, which has two individual ends, they are two individuals. Yet, in essence, they are one.
The bride and groom usually remain joined by the looped ribbon until after the wedding vows are exchanged. The final tie being done loosely so the ribbon/s can be removed easily while still remaining tied.
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For marriages to be legally recognised in the UK, you will need to obtain your marriage certificate from the local registry office, before or after the Ceremony. All Registrars offer a little-known service called “Statutory Registration” which provides you with your certificate only and currently costs approximately £50. A registration will comprise of the couple, two witnesses and the Registration Officers conducting the legalities. The registration will take place in a designated room at a registration office. You will not make ring vows or have music or readings.