Justice of the Peace Alan Ulrich JP

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Handfasting Ceremony

This past week I officiated a ceremony at The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Mass. that included a handfasting ceremony. Brad and Christina chose to incorporate this ancient Celtic ritual in their ceremony. In this handfasting ceremony, a tartan scarf was draped over the couples' hands and a series of questions where they promised to share the joys and pains of marriage were directed to the couple. After each answer the scarf was folded around their hands and finally tied in a knot after the last question.  This is where the expression "tying the knot" comes from.  It made for a great visual presentation and added to the uniqueness of their ceremony.

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