Handfasting rituals are popular additions to traditional wedding ceremonies due to their strong cultural and historical backgrounds. They also provide a surprise for guests, which keeps the ceremony more interesting. Handfasting rituals can be performed as a betrothal, engagement,or as an addition to a wedding ceremony.
Some African tribes tie the wrists of the bride and groom together as a symbol of the bond of marriage. Also, handfasting was practiced by the Celts, among other people, during the Renaissance. Today’s couples sometimes choose to have the wedding officiant tie the wrists together using a beautiful band of cloth as part of the wedding ceremony.