Ding Dong! The Bells are Gonna Chime!

 

Wedding Mountain View

Wedding Mountain View

My younger daughter and her long term boyfriend were married last Saturday, in a small personal ceremony. During this, we all tied thin red strands round each other’s wrists, (very difficult to tie by yourself), to symbolise that you cannot go through life alone, but need the support of your loved one.

Red Red Twine

Red Red Twine

It made me wonder where the expression “Tying the knot” originated? Here are a few possible answers –

– Literally tying the knots in the ropes used to make the netting for the bridal bed, before mattresses.

– From the old marriage custom of binding the couple’s hands together with rope during the ceremony. This is sometimes still performed by the Reverend wrapping a sash round the couple’s joined hands. (I had this done.)

– When an illiterate sailor or soldier wanted to ask his loved one to marry him, he sent her a piece of rope. If she sent it back with a knot tied in it, the answer was yes.

I like this last one – Suitable for all tongue-tied beau!

 

post script: “Ding Dong! The Bells are Gonna Chime” movie trivia:- Points awarded for knowing the following (without google!) –

The Title of the song, The Musical it appeared in and Who sang it.

 

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38 thoughts on “Ding Dong! The Bells are Gonna Chime!

  1. Sage

    Here’s to many years of love and happiness to your daughter and new hubby!! And what a lovely way to commemorate the day–I never really looked up what “tying the knot” meant, but it makes sense. Congratulations!!!

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  2. Garfield Hug

    Congratulations! You are a Mum in law to be and I am sure your son in law will love you so much as you are a terrific Mum! I feel as if I know you😊 I am so very happy for you! 😄

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  3. mistermuse

    As I recall, “Ding Dong! The bells are gonna chime!” are in the lyrics of “Get Me To The Church On Time” from MY FAIR LADY, sung by the father of Liza Doolittle (played by Audrey Hepburn in the movie). I think Stanley Holloway played the father, but I’m not sure without looking it up.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, you got it right on both counts 🙂 Points are on their way to you! 🙂 I’ll post full answer next time 🙂

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  4. ady

    Congratulations Sci 😀 I liked the sweet gesture,the thread of love and commitment ! And the possible origins were amusing too especially last one 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you 🙂 Yes, I liked that funny one 🙂
      btw I am trying to load your blog, to catch up on your posts – but it may have to be later tonight. 🙂

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  5. faburlifekhloe

    Congratulations and warmest wishes to you, your daughter and your entire family! 🙂 May everyday that she spend together in her new life hold a wonderful surprise for her ❤ Using the red strands to tie the knot made the wedding extra special!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us and I'm very happy for you! 😉 By the way, the photo of wedding mountain view was so gorgeous and the snow effect you did for your blog made the blog even more interesting and festive!!! Love it! ❤

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