The Coin Bearer Explained
by Dennis Estrada
The coin bearer is a young boy who marches on the
wedding aisle to bring the wedding coins. The wedding coins are more commonly
known as wedding arrhae, but the Filipinos like to call the wedding coins as
The wedding coins sits on a wedding pillow. The wedding
pillow comes in many styles such as traditional square, and shapely heart. The
wedding coins can be placed inside an organza. Like the wedding pillow, the
organza comes in many styles such as silver sheer, gold sheer, heart shape, and
This wedding ceremony is brought by the Spanish Colonizers. At
first, only the Roman Catholic uses this wedding ceremony. Now, the Christian
wedding ceremony has adapted the wedding coin ceremony.
The artwork on
the wedding coins can be simple or intricate. You will see many images such as
doves, sun, hands, and mountains. Many people collect the wedding coins and
pass down to generations.
Silver and gold makes up the wedding coins.
Silver and gold unites harmoniously. That is why some call the wedding coins as
unity coins. The groom and bride unite harmoniously.
The wedding coins
consist of thirteen wedding coins. Thirteen represents Jesus and his
The wedding coins also symbolize prosperity. The groom hands
the wedding coins to the bride. In the old days, the groom or husband is the
bread winner of the family. And, the wife stays at home to take care of the
house or off springs. Now, the husband and wife share the support, and
At the wedding, the priest blesses the wedding coins for
prosperity, and unity. After the blessings, the priest hands the wedding coins
to the groom. Then, the groom hands the wedding coins to the open hands of the
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