The Unity Coins (also known as Las Arras or Arrhae) is a traditional element of Filipino Catholic weddings that originated from Spain.
In Catholic ceremonies, sponsors present the wedding officiator with 13 coins, which represent Jesus Christ and his 12 apostles. In non-denominational weddings, the coin ceremony represents the couple’s sharing of worldly goods, and their promise to support one another for richer or poorer.
Though this is conventionally a Catholic tradition, we encourage you to incorporate the Arras and our ceremony accessories into your wedding day, no matter your religious background.
How To Incorporate It Into Your Wedding
In traditional Filipino weddings, the Sponsors present the officiant with the Arras, who blesses the coins. The officiant then gives the coins to the groom, who trickles them into the bride's hands as a sign of his promise to support her and her family.
Today, financial responsibilities are generally shared between both individuals. In this case, the first individual trickles the coins into their partner's hands, who then does the same.
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