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  • Sandra Beaumont

Looking for an idea for a ritual at your wedding? Consider Hand Fasting.

Hand fasting ceremonies originate from an ancient Celtic tradition representing the binding together of two people (also known as "tying the knot!"). 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. It was a temporary agreement which could be made permanent after the trial period if both parties agreed, almost like an engagement period.

Many couples now choose it as a personal ritual during their wedding ceremony.

Happy Heart Celebrations - stones in sandHappy Heart Celebrations - stones in sand
Happy Heart Celebrations - stones in sand

It starts with the couple joining hands, to show their free will to enter into the marriage. The celebrant then reads a series of vows and with each one a coloured cord or ribbon is wrapped around the couple’s hands & wrists. The final tie being done loosely so the ribbons can be removed easily while still remaining tied (thus forming a knot).

These ribbons can be placed in a special box with the knot in place as a delightful reminder of the vows that have been made, with a Happy Heart.

  • Sandra Beaumont

A winter date is a fabulous way to have your dream wedding, because it isn’t peak “wedding season”. You have a greater choice in venues and wedding suppliers and it could all come at a lot less cost.

Everything looks and feels different because of seasonal changes............ lighting in photographs, choice of wedding outfits and even the food.

Your guests will be delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate and party the winter blues away; and your overseas honeymoon destination could be the perfect warm paradise you need to relax in.

Pick a winter wedding for a Happy Heart on your wedding day.

Jetty on the Swan River Mosman ParkJetty on the Swan River Mosman Park
Jetty on the Swan River Mosman Park
  • Sandra Beaumont

Two little boys as ring bearers

Traditionally the ring bearer at a wedding was a young child (sometimes called Paige Boy or Flowers Girl) and with beautiful outfits they often carried the ring on a ring pillow or in a little satin bag. Alternatively, many couples choose a Matron of Honour or Best man to undertake the role, feeling the rings are safer and have less chance of getting lost.

But the good news is there is no set way, you get to choose whoever you like. It is your day and you do whatever it takes to give you a Happy Heart.