Wedding Coin Ceremony

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The wedding unity coins ceremony was originally a Latin American tradition that symbolizes a pledge that the Groom makes to his new wife. There are thirteen gold coins to represent Christ and his 12 apostles. The coins signify that the Groom recognizes his responsibility as a provider, and pledges his ability to support and care for his bride. Acceptance by the bride means taking that trust and confidence unconditionally with total dedication and prudence. A friend or relative (usually the purchaser), traditionally presents the unity coins to the priest. The priest then blesses the coins and hands them to the bride who places them in the groom’s cupped hands at the beginning of the ceremony. The coins are then placed on a tray and handed to an assistant to be held until later in the ceremony. Near the end of the ceremony, the box and coins is given to the priest who places the unity coins in the box and hands them to the groom. The groom then pours the unity coins into the bride’s cupped hands and places the box on top. This represents his giving her control as his mistress of all his possessions. (Sometimes their hands are tied with a ribbon for this portion of the ceremony.)




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