Hand Fasting Ceremonies have made a bit of a comeback in recent years. Hand Fasting is the act of binding a couple’s hands together with cord or ribbon to symbolise their union. This usually takes place after vows and wedding rings are exchanged.
They’re thought to date back to pre-Reformation Celtic communities in the 16th century. Hand Fasting would take place a year before marriage where a couple would have a kind of trial marriage. If all went well during this year, then that meant the marriage would be a good fit.