Hands Ceremony

My friend sent this to me via email yesterday morning. She made me cry at 10 in the morning….

The Hands Ceremony

Rebecca and George, Please face each other and take each other’s hands, so that you may see the gift that they are to you.

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.

These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.


Mrs. Apple

Wedding Date:
May 2007
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Held My Breath and Squealed With Excitement

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    janie, Guest @ 2:18 pm

    i think i actually commented on your xanga site. =) i absolutely love this and plan on using it too! love love love it! thanks for sharing!

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    twelvetigers, Guest @ 2:37 pm

    That is just too sweet. *tear*

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    Jenny GoLightly, Guest @ 2:59 pm

    I have this written into my ceremony! In the version I had found, it said something when he is holding my hands that “These are the hands that will massage tension away in the evening after a long day at work”. My fiance LOVES that part.

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    kristine, Guest @ 3:14 pm

    My cousin did that for her wedding, so touching!!

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    Lillypad, Guest @ 3:29 pm

    We used the Blessing of the Hands for our recent wedding (a slightly different version than this). It’s the part of the ceremony that I most vividly remember now–it really gives you a chance to stop and reflect. And so many of our guests commented on it afterwards as being especially poignant.

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    pauline, Guest @ 3:37 pm

    oh no! i cried too!! haha.

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    Mrs Ant, Guest @ 3:39 pm

    this was one of the readings at our wedding ceremony. the words are very touching

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    Mrs. Snowbride, Guest @ 3:45 pm

    I used this in my ceremony. The first time I sent it to my husband and my maid of honor they BOTH cried and neither of them to emotional.

    It was beautiful, everyone loved it and I think the words are really meaningful.

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    Miss Orchid, Guest @ 4:11 pm

    That’s a wonder reading. I love it! :)

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    thistleorchid, Guest @ 5:15 pm

    I’ve been looking for something that would complement a Scottish hand binding ceremony, and this seems awesome. . . thank you so much for posting it!!

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    Eliwed 2 posts, Wannabee @ 10:25 am

    At first I did not read the first part that you wrote, i jumped right into the reading. I was crying by the end. Then I wanted to see who wrote this and noticed that you cried as well. Thank God! I thought I was the only girl in the world that cried at 8am.

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:10 pm

    This is beautiful! Bookmarking this, for SURE. =) I’m thinking of using it for when we exchange rings.

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    We Do. « Keepin’ it Real…Organized., Guest @ 10:20 am

    […] highlight was the ‘hand ceremony,’ which was another aspect that I really wanted to incorporate – we did this right […]

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    MMMojo77 44 posts, Newbee @ 6:40 pm

    Love this! Just forwarded it to my FI and MOH.

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    James and Joy Say “I Do” at Poco Diablo Resort « Weddings at Poco Diablo Resort Sedona, Arizona, Guest @ 12:00 am

    […] gazebo by Father Steve Apthorp. The Celebration and Blessings of their marriage included their Hands Ceremony, Lighting of the Unity Candle and Rose Ceremony. Joy was lovely as she approached James waiting […]

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    quishi 141 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:34 am


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    MindyB 7 posts, Newbee @ 11:38 pm

    Is this done after the exchanging of the vows?

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    barbara, Guest @ 8:01 am

    it can be incorporated into it but I think its done before exchange of vows.

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    Kristen, Guest @ 5:46 am

    ugh. this is soooo sappy and cheesy! The hands do nothing that isn’t driven by the mind and heart, and this represents and over-sentimentalized version of love that hallmark could have written. Only one line speaks about someone being there in the difficult times – that’s it. One. Isn’t that a time when you’ll need your partner more than to just sit and look adoringly into one anothers eyes? If that is the expectation – no wonder there are so many divorces! As a pastor, this will NEVER be in any of the weddings I do. Sorry if I offend, but I thought you might like to know what folks sitting in the pews might be thinking before you decide to use this.

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    barbara, Guest @ 9:58 am


    Yeah I take offense to that last comment. They chose this vow for each other and I don’t think you should just pass judgements on them or anyone, especially as a pastor!

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    Mindy, Guest @ 6:30 am

    We did this for our ceremony, our minister had never heard of it. We had a ton of people tell us that they enjoyed it. I actually talked to our minister’s wife, she said that he is thinking about incorporating it into future weddings!

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    What should we include in our wedding ceremony?, Guest @ 5:49 pm

    […] #10 Today 08:49 PM Hands Ceremony | Weddingbee The hand ceremony is pretty non-religious and I really like it. I've seen it done at a few […]

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    Sandie, Guest @ 10:58 am

    Just yeaterday this was read jjust before the Pastor pronounced Summer and Jake (My DGD) husband and wife, It was the highlight of the eremony. So simple, yet so touching.

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    Neil, Guest @ 8:14 pm

    Jaret and Cindy

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