Filipinas or Marrying a Filipino: How to recognize sponsors?

posted 3 years ago in South East Asian
Post # 2
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Bottom Lounge

The Principal Sponsors (aka Ninang and Ninong): These are women and men whom the bride and groom respect & admire. They are, as in the early days of the Church, sponsors of the couple attesting to their readiness for marriage and freedom to marry. These are often aunts and uncles or close friends of the family. In the Philippines, they are the official witnesses of the state and they sign the marriage license. Worldwide, their participation is symbolic of the wisdom & support they shall offer the new couple. The number of sponsors can vary from a single couple to many couples. The Principal sponsors are part of the bridal procession. At the nuptial blessing, they may also be invited to come up with the celebrant and to extend their right hands to join in the prayer of blessing. In doing so, they are fulfilling their roles as sponsors.


I found this really helpful!  We are using our grandparents and godparents as sponsors. Hope this helps!

Post # 3
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane

In the Philippines they used to be listed on your invitation… but that makes for a REALLY busy invitation.  Some wedding ceremonies also call for your sponsors to hold their hands over you while the priest says a blessing. 

I think everything you’re doing is fine- have them in the procession, corsages, and have them listed in the program.  I’m half-filipino and marrying a caucasian man, so I am thinking about having a description of Filipino wedding customs in the program (I’m also doing cord/veil/coins). 

Post # 4
108 posts
Blushing bee

At my husband’s cousin’s wedding, they announced all the sponsors at the reception, right after the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Everyone came out to music and danced, even the sponsors, and it was fun! 

Post # 5
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I am Causcasian and my FI is Filipino and we are mentioning the Principal sponsors and the Secondary sponsors on the program. They will have corsages/boutonnieres and will be mentioned by the DJ during the reception. We are also doing the cord, veil and coins and I explained what all of that means in the program for my side of the family.

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