Veil / Cord / Coin Ceremony
Hawaii wedding officiant : Coin - Veil - Cord Ceremony
In the coin ceremony, the coins are called the “arras”. This is why aside from the ring bearer, a coin bearer is also needed in the wedding entourage. The minister is given 13 coins, and while the groom has his hands cupped above the bride, he passes them to the groom, who in turn allows them to flow into the bride’s cupped hands. They are then passed onto a plate held by an acolyte (perhaps an alter boy/girl). The symbolism behind this is that there will always be fidelity and they will have a prosperous life. The groom passing them to the bride is significant as he is to ensure that he takes care of her needs.
During the veil ceremony, the veil sponsors are asked to come up to the altar where the bride and groom will be kneeling. A large veil is pinned over the bride’s head and around the grooms shoulders. This symbolizes the male being the “head” of the household or “unity” as they are clothed as one.
Once this is completed, the cord sponsors are called up to place a white cord, loosely around the couple’s neck. It must form a figure-eight which symbolizes their lifelong bond.