CORD OF THREE STRANDS – “GOD’S KNOT” SYMBOLIC CEREMONY
One of ways that A Day to Remember Wedding Services stands apart from other wedding officiants in the Evansville area is our openness for many different types of ceremonies. We work closely with our couples to create their perfect ceremony; what is unique and special for them. Currently, we are working with a couple that has chosen to incorporate the God’s Knot symbolic ceremony.
The cord of three strands ceremony (often called “God’s Knot” or the Unity Braid Ceremony) symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Couples with strong spiritual beliefs and/or couples who want to have a very traditional ceremony may want to incorporate this symbolism into their ceremony.
“Marriage takes three: you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.” – Relationship Coach, Larry James
What is the symbolism behind the God’s Knot?
Gold Strand – Represents God
The divinity of God is represented in Gold. This covenant relationship is initiated by Him, will be built under His authority, and is intended to glorify Him.
Purple Strand – Represents the Groom
As a new creation in Christ, the Groom is represented in purple. As the husband loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship.
White Strand – Represents the Bride
Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As the wife honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship.
The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife. Another variation: The officiant holds the small metal ring and the bride and groom work together in braiding the cords.
After the braid is completed, the officiant can use the braid to bond the couple together. This can be done by draping the braid over clasped hands and saying a prayer.
Symbolic ceremonies are a wonderful way for the couple to create a very personal aspect into their ceremony while giving a deeper meaning to the entire wedding ceremony. There are many other symbolic ceremonies: unity candle, sand ceremony, tree ceremony, etc. One of the other other unique symbolic ceremonies is the Unity Painting Ceremony.
Please contact us with questions on how we can help you make your wedding ceremony personal and unique to you!
-Reverend Thomas and Leah Dugan