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Recipe of the Week

Here’s the start of a new feature on WedEclectic…a weekly recipe! Enjoy and share!

From Rebekah’s kitchen, of WeddingMonograms.

Are you short on time but still want to make a delicious dinner for your partner? Do you feel like your sacrificing your precious “wedding-planning” time slaving away in the kitchen? Here’s super-fast and super-easy recipe to save the day!

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

1lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 (16oz) can of chili beans with liquid
1 (15oz) can kidney beans, with liquid
1 (15oz) can of whole kernel corn, with liquid
1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 (4oz) can diced green chilies (optional)
2 (14.5oz) cans of peeled & diced tomatoes
1 package of taco seasoning

For Garnish:
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Corn Chips

Dice Onion. Brown beef over medium heat. Drain and combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8hrs.

Top each serving with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips. Enjoy!

(Pssst…. We promise we won’t tell anyone you spent all the time you saved stalking wedding stuff on Pinterest!)

Handfasting Ceremonies

By WeddingMonograms

You’ve probably heard someone refer to marriage as “tying the knot” or “giving one’s hand.” But have you ever wondered why we say these phrases?


What is Handfasting?

Handfasting is an ancient roman and Celtic wedding tradition which involves tying the bride and Groom’s hands together to symbolize coming together and remaining together. During the Roman Empire, the couple’s hands were tied together with grape vines and rope which explains the origination of the phrase “tying the knot.”

Handfasting was also later used as a form of marriage in the British Isles during the early Christian era. The couple’s hands were tied together with a cord in front of friends and family and were then considered legally married. They would have a formal wedding ceremony later when a priest was available to officiate.

Handfasting has seen a modern day resurgence especially in Ireland and Scotland owing in part to the royal wedding in London. Prince William and Kate Middleton had a handfasting incorporated into their marriage:

How to incorporate handfasting into your wedding

Handfasting can be added to any wedding ceremony regardless of religion, as “tying the knot” is a universal wedding theme. The handfasting ceremony is highly customizable and can be the perfect way to incorporate special themes into your wedding day.


Many couples choose to incorporate colors in their handfasting ceremony to symbolize words of commitment to each other.

Red – will, love, strength, fertility, courage, health, vigor, passion

Orange – encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness.

Yellow – attraction, charm, confidence, balance, harmony

Green – fertility, luck, prosperity, nurturing, beauty, health, love

Dark Blue -for a safe journey, longevity & strength

Light Blue – tranquility, understanding, patience, health

Purple – healing, health, strength, power, progress

Black – strength, empowerment, wisdom/vision, success, pure love

White – spiritual purity, truth, peace, serenity and devotion

Gray – balance, neutrality

Pink – love, unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness

Brown – for healing , skills & talent, nurturing, home & hearth, the earth.

Silver – for creativity, inspiration & vision, and protection.

Gold – for unity, longevity, prosperity, strength.

Involving your Guests

Some hand fasting ceremonies involve the couple’s friends and families writing well wishes or bits of advice onto ribbons. These ribbons are then used to bind the couple’s hands together.

Every one of the ribbons used in the ceremony has a well wish or bit of advice from friends and family written on it.


Handfasting Materials

A wide variety of materials can be used in the handfasting ceremony, making it even more customizable. Here are some commonly used items for handfasting:

Grape Vines



Rope (yacht lines for nautical weddings or a lasso for cowboys/cowgirls)

Monogrammed or embroidered cloths

Scottish Tartans
Cherokee wedding beads:

Handfasting charms, memorial tiles (like those created by our lovely team member Kari of can be added to the fringes of the handfasting ribbons or cloth.

A Simple Handfasting Ceremony:

Officient Stands in front of the couple while they clasp each other’s hands.

Rebekah and Thomas have chosen to use a hand fasting in their wedding ceremony to emphasize their eternal bond and reinforce the feeling that they never wish to be parted from one another.

Hand fasting is an ancient tradition symbolizing the binding together of two people in love.  Tying the Knot.  This cord was created with the ribbons, on which are written the thoughts, hopes, well wishes, and blessings of friends and family for Thomas and Rebekah as they begin their union as husband and wife.  It will bind Thomas and Rebekah together with the strong bonds of love.

With the entwining of this knot, I tie all the desires, dreams, love, prayers and happiness wished here in this place to your lives.

“THESE ARE THE HANDS” –author unknown

These are the hands of your best friend, young, strong, and full of love for you.
These are the hands 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 wracks your mind.
These are hands that will countless times wipe tears from your eyes, tears of joy and tears of sorrow.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children and grandchildren.
These are the hands that will help hold your family together as one.
These are hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that even when wrinkled with age will still be reaching for yours, still giving the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Remember then, as your hands are fasted, these are symbols of the relationship you share.

Bride and Groom’s hands are bound and the officient follows with a prayer.