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ErleneJ
Dedicated October 2017

Filipino Brides? Traditional Ceremony...?

ErleneJ, on July 19, 2017 at 5:05 PM Posted in Planning 5 20
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Hi all! I am starting to put together my wedding program for a traditional Catholic and Filipino ceremony. Wondering if there are any brides out there who are able to share their programs or order of the ceremony with me? When I mean traditional, I am referring to the Candle, Cord, Veil and Coins portions of the mass alongside a full mass with Communion. any help is appreciated! Thanks Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Gelaine, on November 23, 2020 at 12:11 PM
  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    I do the cord/candle/veil surrounding the vows and rings, but I would talk to your officiant.

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  • Christinanyc
    Master December 2016
    Christinanyc ·
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    Hi Erlene!

    I am Filipino and my husband is Italian, Irish and German. I was raised Catholic and he was raised in a household of both Protestant and Catholic (although I'm now Agnostic and he's an Atheist). We incorporated some aspects of Filipino wedding ceremony traditions but tweaked them to better suit what we wanted. We did the veil, cord and aras, in that order (we didn't do the candle). So after our officiant announced this part of the ceremony, he called the people involved in each process and then had him explain the significance of each part.


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  • Steph
    Devoted May 2018
    Steph ·
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    @christinanyc is it during or after the veil, cord and aras when they explain the meaning of each? I was wondering if we do the traditional ceremony, does our wedding need to be held in the church? Thanks

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  • Grecoin321
    Expert May 2017
    Grecoin321 ·
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    Hello we did the rings first then coins. Following that is flowers for Virgin Mary, candles, lastly cord and veil.

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  • Christinanyc
    Master December 2016
    Christinanyc ·
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    Steph, so our officiant let our guests know when it was time for the Filipino part of the ceremony. First, he explained it's a Filipino tradition. Then he said "I would like to call Ms. A and Mr. B for the veiling ceremony." As Ms. A and Mr. B put the veil on us, our officiant is explaining what it's for. Then he calls on the next people and he explains what that one is for... Also, we didn't get married at a church. My mom was not happy at all but whatever.

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  • Steph
    Devoted May 2018
    Steph ·
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    @ChristinaNYC LOL. Thanks for the info.

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  • Christinanyc
    Master December 2016
    Christinanyc ·
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    @GreeneBunny Lol!

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  • ErleneJ
    Dedicated October 2017
    ErleneJ ·
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    Thank you guys so much! i heard back from my officiant and he suggested the following, for anyone still in planning mode Smiley smile

    Entrance Hymn

    Welcome, Greetings & Opening Prayer

    First Reading

    Responsorial Psalm - sung

    Second Reading

    Alleluia Verse -sung

    Gospel

    Homily

    Exchange of Vows

    Wedding Rings

    Wedding Coins

    Lighting of Unity Candle (Optional)

    Wedding Veil

    Wedding Cord

    Prayer of the Faithful

    Flower Offertory to Mary

    Nuptial Blessing

    Recessional Hymn

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  • MoominsMama
    Dedicated December 2017
    MoominsMama ·
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    My FH is Filipino and he didn't want to incorporate any traditions in the wedding. I was very sad but his mom and I are working to change his mind.

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  • E&M
    Master July 2016
    E&M ·
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    Ours did it the same way as @ChristinaNYC.

    @ErleneJ: We did it in the same order as yours but we didn't do the flower offertory to Mary and added the following after General Intercessions:

    -Liturgy of the Eucharist: Presentation of the Gifts (Offertory), Eucharistic Prayer, "Holy, Holy, Holy", Invocation of the Holy Spirit, Memorial Acclamation, "Amen", The Lord's Prayer, Nuptial Blessing, Sign of Peace, Breaking of the Bread, "Lamb of God", Communion, Prayer after Communion

    -Concluding Rites: Final Blessing

    -Signing of the Marriage Register

    -Recessional

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  • J
    Just Said Yes November 2018
    Jem ·
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    Did anyone have their sponsors (for cord, veil, candle) wear dresses to match the bridesmaids? And what about the female Godparents’ attire? They will all be part of the entourage walking down the aisle. Is this too much to ask of them?? ThanksSmiley smile
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  • ErleneJ
    Dedicated October 2017
    ErleneJ ·
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    Hi Jem - i did not ask any of our sponsors to match our bridesmaids. Traditionally, I have not seen this and I think it may be a little too much to ask of them in my opinion. These sponsors didn't take pictures with the entire bridal party, they were separate so they don't really need to coordinate... best of luck and congrats!!


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  • J
    Just Said Yes November 2018
    Jem ·
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    My reasoning behind this is that I was a bridesmaid for a couple of the girls that will be our sponsors for the cord, veil, etc. so I was thinking it might be ok if I asked them to match. Do they march down the aisle before the bridesmaids?
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  • ErleneJ
    Dedicated October 2017
    ErleneJ ·
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    My sponsors marched down before our actual wedding party.

    We did grandparents, groom's parents, god parents (primary sponsors), followed by the veil and cord sponsors (secondary sponsors) then our bridal party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girl, etc.) Even if you were in their wedding as a bridesmaid does not mean you have to have them match as sponsors, they may appreciate being able to wear whatever they want?

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  • J
    Just Said Yes November 2018
    Jem ·
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    Thank you, that’s helpful. Did you provide bouquets or corsages for the women that marched or did you limit that to bridesmaids?
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  • ErleneJ
    Dedicated October 2017
    ErleneJ ·
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    We gave all our women sponsors corsages and boutonnieres for the men. The bridesmaids had bouquets.

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    Just Said Yes May 2020
    Penni ·
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    Any Filipino-American brides or brides to be a marrying a catholic Filipino but are choosing to have a non denominational ceremony? Does anyone know how to incorporate the traditional Filipino cord & veil tradition into the ceremony? We’re getting married outside of church & non denominational but would still love to incorporate this tradition to honor his parents & heritage! Do i still need to hire a Filipino officiant?
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  • ErleneJ
    Dedicated October 2017
    ErleneJ ·
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    I would suggest you talk to your officiant directly. Most may not mind incorporating these things if you ask them to. We had a catholic / Filipino priest so he was a pro at what needed to be done. I am not sure how it's done outside of the church, sorry! good luck.

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    Just Said Yes October 2019
    Paula ·
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    Hello everyone! I’m getting married this October and started planning the layout of our ceremony for the wedding. I am Filipino and my fiancé is American and we are going to incorporate the Filipino traditions in our wedding. I don’t have a lot of family and friends here in the US and I was going to have my Bridesmaids be the secondary sponsors as well. Do they have to be different people? Thanks
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  • Mrs. Rachel Lamb
    Dedicated October 2021
    Mrs. Rachel Lamb ·
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    Hi! I’m getting married in October too but next year. I’m Filipina while my FH is half Filipino. I’m also thinking how I can incorporate our traditions as they really don’t do the principal and secondary sponsors here. Also we are having a garden wedding. So I suggest pick his and your siblings as a secondary sponsor. I’m planning to have my brother and his wife for the cord sponsor and his sister and brother in law for the veil. Let me know how it goes. Happy preps!
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