The washing of hands is an old ritual used to purify the couple, to help balance and removing anything from their past they don’t want in this relationship. The washing of your hands most importantly represents a complete and utter forgiveness of yourselves, and those who have hurt you. Recognizing that all you have gone through and experienced brought you to this moment.
As you wash your hands you let it go and when you dry your hands, it is gone. The past must stay in the past and you now move on to create a new future together. From this day forward your lives together are anew. Do not speak of the past, it has no hold over you. What you do now is what is important, for it is not the words that you speak that unite you, but your actions that define you and will keep you together.
The couple now washes and dries their hands, having members of the wedding party help, if they like.
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