Filipino Wedding Traditions
Filipino Wedding - Facts and Trivia
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Read about Filipino wedding traditions and the Filipino cord & veil ceremony below:
- Traditionally, Filipino wedding expenses are paid for by the groom’s family in the Filipino wedding. However nowadays, Filipino wedding couples give their share from their own savings. Some Filipino wedding couples even pay for all the wedding expenses themselves.
- The Filipino bride holding an heirloom rosary with the bridal bouquet during the nuptial mass was a practiced tradition. This Filipino wedding tradition is now being revived by some Filipino brides to honor their Catholic heritage. Instead of a bouquet toss, some Filipino brides opt to offer the flowers to a favorite Saint or to the image of Virgin Mary at the church, or on the grave of a loved one.
- Filipino wedding couples have a few pairs of Ninongs & Ninangs (godparents) to stand as witnesses in the Filipino wedding ceremony.
- Most Catholic churches don't allow a Sunday Filipino wedding. A Catholic Filipino wedding ceremony is held with a full mass that runs about a hour.
Filipino Wedding Traditions
The Cord and Veil Ceremony
In the Filipino wedding tradition the Cord and Veil ceremony is done at the end of the wedding after the couple has been pronounced husband and wife.
The officiant reads as the veil sponsors, usually a male and female from each side of the family, place the white veil over the shoulders of the kneeling couple.
The veil symbolizes living under God's protection and being clothed as one. The cord is looped in a figure 8, the symbol of infinity, and placed over the couple by Cord Sponsors. It epitomizes the ties that bind the couple together who will now walk through life as equals.
Sample Reading for the Filipino Cord and Veil Ceremony
Officiant: [Name] and [Name], this veil covers you today reminding you and us that Christ covers us in his love. Your new home will be a place where God dwells because you have chosen to live under the mantel of His love.
The Officiant reads as the cord sponsors place the figure eight cord over the necks of the couple. The cord used alone is also known as the Lasso.
Officiant: The Cord looped and crossed in the center is wrapped around the bride and groom to symbolize the Blessed Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same. This cord without beginning or end symbolizes this same union and the infinite nature of your marriage.
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