Traditional Arrhae Ceremony in Perth
Symbol and ritual in a Wedding Ceremony is important in many cultures. The Philippine culture embraces the giving of Arrhae (pronounced Are – Hay) which is a bag of coins and is passsed from the groom to the bride. The giving of Arrhae in the Wedding ceremony symbolises prosperity of the newly married couple.
Here is a Arrhae wedding ceremony that I recently performed for a Perth couple on City Beach as their Wedding celebrant:
The giving of arrhae is part of traditional Philippine wedding which symbolizes the prosperity that would be shared by the new couple. Here, we use arrhae composed of Philippine and Australian coins as symbols of the couple’s commitment to mutually contribute to their relationship and family. By giving the arrhae to the bride, the groom promises her to provide for the new family; by accepting the arrhae, the bride shows her trust in his ability to do so.
Celebrant to the Groom:
Hold the arrhae in your hands as a sign that finances will no longer be held separately, but together as husband and wife.
Bride, please accept these coins as a pledge of my total dedication and constant concern for your welfare.
I accept them and thank you for looking after my welfare.
The Arrhae is placed on the signing table as the bride and groom face each other for the conclusion of their wedding ceremony.
Brad Whitelock, Perth Wedding Celebrant. 0431 974 608