The Wedding Coins

I don’t know what it is with May (I have always
thought June was the wedding month), but I have been to two wedding ceremonies
this month.
During one of the weddings we went to, as the groom
passed a bag of wedding arrhae consisting of thirteen coins to his
bride, my daughter turned to me and asked me what the bag symbolizes.

I told her the giving of the bag of coins otherwise
known as the wedding arrhae symbolizes how the newly-weds will help in
supporting each other towards a life of proseperity.  Traditionally, thirteen coins are used which
signifies Jesus and his twelve apostles. 
By giving the coins to the bride, the groom is promising to provide for
his new family.  By accepting the coins,
the bride is expressing her love and trust to her husband.
The wedding ceremonies are beautiful, and there is nothing I wish more than a lifetime of happiness for my dear friends.
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29 Comments

  1. As for me, I have never attended any wedding ceremony for years now. But I always witness Cambodian weddings here but I do not really attend. 🙂

  2. I really appreciate all those things they do in wedding ceremonies. They symbolize things that the couple should be keeping to do for as long as they live in order to have a blessed and successful marriage.

  3. Well two of our friends are also getting and get into marriage already the first one was this May as well and the other one is this June. By the way nice explanation to your daughter about the arrhae at least she knows already what it is about. I didn't know as well that it should be 13…

  4. I love attending weddings too, brings back the memories of my own wedding. If I have the money, I'll ask my husband to marry me every year. It's so fun!hehe

  5. Whether weddings have symbolisms or none, I think what's important is the relationship of the couple and the value of their commitment to each other. That they take their vows seriously and that they are not just merely words they utter. 🙂

  6. I love attending wedding ceremonies it makes me remind of my wedding day too. Wedding day is just a one day ceremony the real measure of successful wedding is how the couple works on keeping their relationship forever.

    MomMy Hanny

  7. In my own wedding, a Christian Protestant one, we only lighted the candles. We didn't have coins or veil or cord. I'm sure each have their symbolism and I hope the couples of younger generations would be true to their vows. The showbiz kasi are bad influence, they always change spouses and bf/gf's like they're changing clothes lang.

  8. next to june, i think may and december are wedding months too. your daughter learned something on why weddings are special and symbolic. 🙂

  9. I didn't know the history of these coins, lol! Thanks… siguro kasi in Christian weddings, these are not used?

  10. I seldom attends wedding. Busy kasi madalas or medyo malayo un place. I didn't know the 13 pala dapat un coins. Now I know. Hehe

  11. i enjoy attending weddings, last December i manage to attend the wedding of a relative, thanks for this information about the wedding coin.. I will keep this mind 🙂

    Rosemarie/Gven-Rose

  12. That's a really interesting tradition..the giving of coins. I do agree that June is a wedding month. We had our wedding in june too back then.

  13. i love weddings, too. we used unity coins instead of the usual arrhae when we got married. we plan to hand it over to our son as an heirloom when the right time comes for him to get married. 🙂

  14. I didn't know there are 13 coins in the arrhae. I thought you could have as much or as little as you wanted. hehe 🙂

  15. I agree May is really a month of weddings dahil summer walang ulan.. I was married in May 2008 and hoping na walang ulan and luckily talagang umulan nga.. hehehe..

    Also, I bought a set wedding arrhae kasi gusto ko ipamana sa anak ko wedding nya hehe..

  16. Ah yun pala ang meaning nung no. ng coins…I didn't even know how many coins there were hahaha! Ignorant me…what do you expect, I have not been married (yet?) hehehe

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