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Wedding in the Philippines

Publish On 2016-02-10 , 9:41 AM

Wedding in the Philippines is very unique and special. Couples as well as the members of the family do have many beliefs that they must act or do before and after the wedding date. This important ceremony reflects the families mix traditions from old Filipinos and Spanish people. There are still many traditional customs or superstitions that are being followed by Filipinos or those people who wish to have a Filipino style wedding. As time pass by, this beliefs started to fade slowly but not totally gone.

Marrying in the Philippines, as we all know, are truly remarkable and special. The wedding day will never be forgotten, thus, it will be treasured and remembered forever.

Filipinos have many age old traditions make for a beautiful and exciting event. Filipino weddings, also known as "kasalan", are among the most beautiful and intricate celebrations in the world because of the Filipino culture’s high regard for the sanctity of marriage making the event a lengthy and ceremonious occasion to remind everyone attending—especially the bride and groom—that the bond connecting the couple is expected to become permanent.

Filipino bride dress up in a traditional all-white wedding gown and the groom is handsomely clad in the traditional barong. In addition to the gown, the bride often wears a veil and carries a bouquet of flowers. A garter may also be worn and removed by the groom during the reception.

The groom wears a barong, a traditional hand embroidered formal shirt made from specially hand-loomed jusi or pina (pineapple fiber) cloth. You will be able to see some men wearing the Barong Tagalog at the wedding, a thin and transparent dress, most of the time white of color with a shirt under it. Now, even men go for black tuxedo.


Groom wearing "Barong Tagalog" and bride in a traditional wedding gown.
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During a specific point in the ceremony know as the Sanctus, the veil sponsors carefully pin a large veil on top of the bride's head and onto the shoulder of the groom. These secondary sponsors play a part in the wedding ceremony, and each couple has specific functions: lighting of the unity candles - these two candles are lit symbolizing the joining of the two families and to invoke the light of Christ in their married life, putting on the veil - white veils are placed over the bride's head and the groom's shoulders, a symbol of two people clothed as one and the cord for their respective ceremonies. In Filipino traditional wedding the bride and the groom drape over their shoulders the yugal (a decorative silk cord) in a figure-eight shape--to symbolize everlasting fidelity , it is one of several centuries-old Philippine wedding traditions. The groom offers the bride 13 coins, blessed by the priest, as a sign of his dedication to his wife's happiness and the welfare of their future children.


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Towards the end of the ceremony, at a signal from the Priest/Minister, the Bride and Groom come up and approach the candles. When the bride and groom exit the church, they are greeted good wishes and applause by family and friends. During the reception couples practice the Filipino wedding custom of releasing a pair of white doves to symbolize a loving and harmonious marriage.There will be music and dancing for hours. Spanish music among others will be played the night through.The bride and groom will dance the "money dance" where guests pin pesos or dollars to the bride or groom in exchange for a dance with them. Depending on the wishes of the couple, Spanish traditional dances will be performed.Filipinos love to party and celebrate, and a wedding is one grand occasion.It is during the reception that the wedding cake is cut.


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Filipino Weddings reflect the strong traditions of family and extended family and so incorporates considerable symbolism in this area. Filipino wedding ceremonies have some very wonderful traditions different from the typical Wedding Ceremonies in the West.