Filipino weddings reflect the strong traditions of family and religion. Along with the bridal party, principal and secondary sponsors will also walk in the bridal procession.
The Principal Sponsors are considered godparents to the couple as they move through the rite of marriage. These are the people whom the bride and groom respect and admire. Their participation is symbolic of the wisdom and support they shall offer the new couple.
The Secondary Sponsors are chosen by the couple because of their affinity or friendship with them. There are four sets of Secondary Sponsors:
THE COIN SPONSOR
The wedding coins, known as "arras", have traditionally symbolized the prosperity that would be shared by the new couple, and the groom's promise to provide for the welfare of his new family.
THE VEIL SPONSORS
The couple's veil is a symbol of purity. The veil represents the cloud which is a symbol of the presence of the Lord. It is placed over the shoulders of the couple to symbolize their union and being "clothed as one" in unity.
THE CORD SPONSORS
The cord represents the couple's bond. It is a symbol that they indeed are no longer two but one in their new life as a couple.
THE CANDLE SPONSORS
The candles symbolize the Light of Christ, the same light they received at Baptism which will be received again to lead them in their new life as a couple
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