The fisherman’s knot

The fisherman’s knot has an interesting history, it is said that a sailor would loosely tie this knot and give it to a girl, if she tightened the knot it meant that she would be waiting for his return and that their hearts were intertwined. So I think that this knot is really apt for couples who have spent time apart and ultimately have ended up together.


The fisherman’s knot is a true lover’s knot. When used in a civil or wedding ceremony the two cords represent the bride and groom as individuals. It represents the unique and special gifts that they bring to the marriage. As the bride and groom fasten the pieces together, these actions represent the joining of the two lives into one common purpose. The completed knot represents the future, secure in the knowledge that the relationship will continue to be strong, despite the inevitable changes life brings.

The fisherman’s knot is one of the simplest to tie but it is also one of the sturdiest. As stress is applied, the knot becomes stronger. It is the goal of marriage to achieve a blending of hearts and lives, but like the spaces between these cords formed by the knot, there should also be spaces in the couple’s new life together, so each may encourage and nurture the individual growth of the other.



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