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 wedding arras.
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 satin.
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 apostles.
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 responsibility.
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 bride.