- 4 years ago
I’m Hispanic Catholic, and my fiance and I are having a Catholic ceremony, inclusive of many of common Hispanic traditions (the lasso, the coins). I’d like to designate his cousins as our sponsors and ones who place the lasso around us, but am coming across two issues:
1) While I want them to participate by placing the lasso around us, I don’t necessarily want them to stand with us at the altar with other bridesmaids and groomsmen. I envision them marching in with the rest of the processional, but being seated until it is time for the lasso and coming forward at that time. As sponsors, I see them in a role distinct from the bridesmaids and groomsmen and not necessarily belonging up at the altar, nor needing to dress in the colors/ matching outfits that the rest of the bridal party will be in.
2) The couple is not Catholic. They fit the bill as our sponsors very well in that they are a married couple whose marriage we admire and would like to emulate and seek advice from. I can’t find anything that clearly stipulates that our lasso sponsors have to be Catholic. In fact, when I asked for clarity from my church, the only guidance they had the the religion of any participants was that the readers be from a Christian faith.
I can’t find anything definative on whether the couple that does the lasso needs to be someone standing up at the altar with the bridal party or if they need to be Catholic, so any thoughts are appreciated. I’m at the point where I’m going to use my own judement in what I want to happen for my own ceremony, but reassurances that all this is OK are appreciated (or advice on how to do things appropriately).