Many cultures have different ways of blessing the hands of the bride and groom. A hand blessing is a ritual that is meant to draw a couple closer to one another. The hands are a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together. A silk scarf may be used to symbolically tie the hands together as they are blessed. Words of gratitude and commitment spoken by the Minister acknowledge the many ways the couple’s hands will nurture each other, their family, friends and community.