Post # 1
I’m Caucasian/part-Japanese, marrying a Filipino. All of the sponsors are from his side, since no one on my side knows what this is, haha. We will be mentioning them in the program, having them walk in during the ceremony, and most likely having corsages/bouts for them. We won’t be doing the cord/veil/coins, though.
Like I said, no one from my side will probably know what their purpose is. I asked another Filipina bride how to make them feel special and honored, and she said to do something at the reception. What should we do or say? Have them stand up and be applauded? I actually haven’t been to a Filipino wedding with sponsors, so I just don’t know what is typical!
Post # 2
- 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
- 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
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
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.