Ribbons and Hemp and Lace, Oh My!

I’ve known that Mr. Elk and I would have a handfasting ceremony from the moment I heard about them. It fits perfectly with our personally tailored ceremony (which, by the way, I haven’t even started writing) and beautifully incorporates an Irish tradition (since Mr. Elk’s parents are fresh off the boat, and we will have a few of his relatives flying in!). I love that our hands will be tied as one, and we will talk of how our hands will forevermore be linked together.

Anyway, this desire to have a handfasting ceremony was only intensified when I saw this gorgeous shot months ago:


Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Larissa Cleveland

I was inspired to create a cord similar to add to the ceremony, and so began the easiest DIY project I have yet to take on!

I bought a purple, ivory, and lace ribbon as well as a roll of hemp. I cut them to length and tied them together and here you have the Elks’ handfasting cords:


And all wrapped around my hand. (Yes, that ring shot was intentional. I can’t pass up an opportunity for such glorious ring porn!)


Now if only I could use some of that enthusiasm to write the freaking ceremony!

Did you take on any easy DIY projects despite larger, more important projects looming in the distance? And are you doing a handfasting?


Mrs. Elk

City: Syracuse/Long Island
Wedding Date:
May 2012
Our First Draft
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Kyann, Guest @ 5:55 pm

    So pretty! We are doing a handfasting as part of our ceremony too, to honor my Irish heritage. I just have to figure out where in the ceremony to stick it in. 😉

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    Katlyn, Guest @ 6:20 pm

    We did hand-fasting as part of our ceremony to honor my husband’s Irish heritage! My cousin married us and wrote a beautiful poem to go with it. It went something like… “These are the hands that will…” and then she repeated this verse and filled it in with different things like “…that will wipe your tears in times of sorrow”. It was wonderful and so meaningful!

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    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:36 pm

    Procrastination is my middle name 😉 It is a pretty important part of the ceremony though so you are working towards finishing the ceremony 😀 (also good at justifying actions over here 😉

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:02 pm

    Love your rope and the ring porn 🙂

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    emilygrace07 1633 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:20 pm

    We did a handfasting and it was awesome! The rope makes a cool keepsake. You can put it anywhere.

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    Dandelion D 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:38 am

    *Swoon* I, too, decided we were doing a handfasting immediately upon learning about it! I adore the ribbon, lace, and hemp combo and I will definitely be stealing it!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:57 am

    Oh wow. I’m totally swooning. We already decided we’d like to do this.. and I may just steal the ribbon/hemp/lace idea as well. So gorgeous!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:18 am

    The combination you created looks lovely together!

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 8:59 pm

    That is one fabulous inspiration photo – do you use those particular fabrics as a part of tradition? I know next to nothing about handfasting ceremonies…

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    Kristy, Guest @ 6:06 pm

    We are getting married november 17th.. My fiance is a true scottsman and we are doing a handfasting in our cerimoney. I’m interested in how to make the knot and to keep it from falling apart.

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