Cord, Viel, Rings, Bride's Maids, How Significant Are They?



It feels like I am the bride to be this May because of the preparations which I am busy on these days. Aside from being the in-charge of the wedding invitation, I am also preparing for the photo and video coverage. The budget is quite tight so we need to hire someone who offers good quality outputs and affordable at the same time.

While on the midst of researching of the entourage, I became curious on the elements of the wedding ceremony. The veil, cord and other stuff, what do they stand for? What are the bride's maids roles? I never thought they really had a role at all, I have been a bride's maid every time my cousins got married but never really realized what's my significance 'til now.

Here are some of the things I found out and cleared my mind with how a traditional Filipino wedding goes and the relevance of those wedding accessories.

Cord and Veil


The Veil is a long white tulle with lace edgings, draped over to the bride and the groom to symbolize "the union of two people 'clothed' as one."


The Cord, a silken rope forming the figure 8 is draped to represent the "infinite bond of marriage."


Wedding Rings and Coins 


A pair of gold wedding rings and 13 gold coins is blessed by the officiating minister during the wedding ceremony for a life of faithfulness and prosperity. The groom and the bride give the rings to each other as they pledge their love and loyalty to one another.

The 13 coins on the other hand is presented by the groom to his bride while pledging his dedication to her welfare and their future children.

Wedding Ring Pillow

White heart-shaped satin pillows with pretty ribbons and lace trimmings is for the presentation of the wedding rings during the wedding ceremony and is carried by the ring bearer during the wedding march.

Arrhae or Coin Pillow

White heart-shaped satin pillows with pretty ribbons and lace trimmings is for the presentation of the 13 coins or arrhae during the wedding ceremony and is carried by the coin bearer during the wedding march.

Wedding Candles

A pair of large-sized candles tied with gold ribbons and placed by the side of the bride and groom and lit by candles sponsors to symbolize the presence and the grace of God in our midst for a peaceful and happy married life.


ROLES

Maid/Matron of honor

Someone very special to the bride. The person entrusted with this most important title is generally a sister or her best friend or close relative. In other words, someone who the bride knows is equal to the task and whom she feels comfortable with. Duties of the Maid/matron of Honor include

    * Accompanying the bride on shopping trips, like choosing the wedding gown, veil and the entourage clothes.
    * Coordinates dress fittings and such for Bridesmaids
    * Arranges the bride's veil and train before the processional and recessional.
  *Helping the bride to write out and address invitations,  place cards, and other handwritten correspondence
    * Coordinating the bridal gift registry.
    * Keep the bride on schedule
    * Accompanying the bride to the hairdresser or manicurist before the wedding
    * Helping the bride to dress before the wedding
    * Participating in the wedding processional
    * Helping to make sure the bride’s dress is positioned correctly throughout the ceremony
    * Holding the bride’s bouquet during vows
    * Participating in the receiving line
    * Collecting gift envelopes at the reception.
    * Helps the bride change into her going away clothes.


Best Man

Ideally, this guy should be the groom’s brother or best friend who acts as groom's valet (personal aide and advisor) through all stages of wedding planning. He can be a fashion consultant, master of ceremonies, and commander-in-chief of the groomsmen brigade. His duties include (but aren't limited to):

* Gets the groom dressed and to the ceremony on time
* Delivers any payment to officiant, sexton, and ceremony musicians, as prearranged
* Assisting the groom in choosing his tuxedo
* Helping the groom to dress before the wedding
* Holding the bride’s wedding ring
* Participating in the receiving line
* Offers toast to bride and groom at the reception
* Can also be the Master of Ceremonies during the wedding program

Bridesmaids

Trustworthy gal pals and female family members who form the bride's entourage (and ostensibly work well together). They are a support team for the maid of honor, helping with pre-wedding tasks when asked. Bridesmaids are often expected to hit the dance floor running and play surrogate hostesses to guests.

* Assist in ushering the guests in church and during the reception
* Walking in the wedding processional
* Participating in the receiving line
* Distribute wedding giveaways, thanks you cards and routing of the guest book
* Assist in caring for the flower girl and ring bearer

Groomsmen

A posse of male family and friends who assist the groom in planning and preparing for the big day. Their chief responsibility? To help the best man plan and to support the groom. It's also common to have groomsmen do double duty as ushers, leaving their posts in time to process with the rest of the bridal party.

* Assist in ushering the guests in church and during the reception
* Walking in the wedding processional
* Participating in the receiving line
* Distribute wedding giveaways, thanks you cards and routing of the guest book
* Assists the Groom and Best Man with any errands


Flower Girls

Adorable little ones who walk down the aisle before the bride. The flower girl will usually carry a basket of flowers during the wedding processional and toss wedding petals on the ground to mark the bride’s entrance.

Ring/Coin Bearers

A young boy who walks down the aisle just before the flower girl carrying a small decorative pillow with two rings or coins in it.

photos from:
teamwedding.ca
dreamstime.com


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