Six years ago today me and my hubby tied the knot . . .figuratively speaking because there were no actual knots involve . . . but itwas a wonderful ceremony.
The origin of Tie theKnot is highly debatable . . . there are many plausible explanations. Here are just a few.
The one that comes up the most is the physical act of tyingthe knot of the ropes in the marriage bed. Another is comes from a time when peasants couldn't afford jewelry, so astring was tied around the finger to remind the newlyweds that they are taken. And yet another is that sailors and soldiersof yesteryear would send a piece of rope to their sweethearts when they wantedto get married. If the rope came back with a knot in it, that meant she said"yes" to the marriage proposal.
One explanation is right out of a raunchy romance novel . .. Amongthe Germanic Goths of northern
Europe in 200A.D., a man usually married a woman from within his own community. However,when there were fewer women, the prospective bridegroom would capture his bridefrom a neighboring village. After the bridegroom captured his bride, he placedher on his left to protect her, thus freeing his right hand or sword handagainst sudden attack. “To tie the knot” finds it origins here. To protect thevirtue of this very young bride from the other lustful men, often timessoldiers, the best man and future groom, would strip the poor girl and put uponher body layers and layers of clothing, types of corsets, tied with knots andonly upon the day of consummation, would the groom then “free” his new wife andlegally make her his property.
It was a part of the ceremony, that as soon asthe priest or lawyer, pronounced them married, it was not fully legal, untilthey consummated the marriage, which would be done immediately after theceremony, sometimes in front of the guests. It is from this, horribledocumentary, that the garter originates. You see, in order to untie all thoseknots, the groom would then have to rip off her clothing, and sometimes, thoseguests would join in. To take some of her clothes, was considered good luck forthose other young lads, who so wanted a wife. Less they even become a servantto the groom. So, to fight off this rambunctious crowd, the groom would throwpieces of her clothing at them.
I think the most reasonable explanation is that in many,many different cultures a knotted rope is used to symbolize the union of a manin and a woman. Wherein a rope or sashis draped over the hands or tied to the wrists of the bride and groom duringthe ceremony to show that they are bound together for life from that pointforward.
Whatever the case may be . . . I am bound forever to my manand I wouldn’t have it any other way. Heis and always will be the love of my life and I'm happily tied to him.
Happy Anniversary, sweetie!