Post # 1
My fiance is filipino ( I am not) , we are going to have sponsors, he says we have to include them on the invitation. Is this true? If so, how do we word that? The wedding is being paid for by my parents, btw – any help with wording would be great!
Also – does anyone know anything about sponsers? Whats common practice today? I only know what I’ve read in history books! haha.
Post # 3
oops, apparently i should have posted this is south east asia ! sorry, i am bad at geography lol 😉 im learninG! 😉
Post # 4
Lei, I’m Filipina & my fiance is Caucasian. The traditional Filipino wedding has sponsors because back in the “olden days”, when Filipinos get married, the sponsors are there to help them financially. Usually, sponsors are aunties/uncles of the bride & groom. The sponsors’ names are usually included in the program and they also walk down the aisle of the church. It usually goes in this order:
priest, altar boys, parents of the bride, parents of the groom, sponsors, wedding party, ring bearer, flower girl, bride
Nowadays, sponsors are no longer needed since brides & grooms are usually the ones paying for their weddings. My fiance & I are NOT having sponsors since we’re paying for our wedding ourselves (despite my dad’s constant suggestions of who I should have as sponsors).
It’s up to you if you want them or not. Good luck!
Post # 5
i haven’t heard of including them in the invites…definitely put their names on the programs though, which is customary nowadays….
any other filipina’s heard of this tradition?
Post # 6
im filipina =)
names on program, not on invite … ive been to at least three filipino weddings in the last year and each of them (as will mine!) had at least 4 sponsor couples!!! (the dj at the last wedding i attended was overwhelmed with how many people he was asked to introduce at the reception!) imagine if you included them in the invite as all “hosting” your event!!
my parents were sponsors at one of them too and aside from having to wear a specified color-dress and walk in their spot with the wedding party, there wasn’t anything they had to do as far as responsibilities. in otherwords, no monetary obligation, just strictly for traditional purposes.
sponsors are acknowleged in the programs. i can pm you pics of previous programs to give you an idea. let me know and hope it helps!!
Post # 7
I’m getting married in the Philippines and my Mom insisted that the sponsors/wedding party had to be listed with the invites, not just the program. Most wedding invitation suites will include the option for a “direction card” — meant for printing a map or driving directions to the wedding venue, but all the wedding invitation companies (weddingpaperdivas, einvite.com, papeterie, etc) all told me that this insert card was completely customizable. All you have to do is supply the list of your sponsors and they will print it on the card. I hope this helps!
Post # 8
I am in the same situation as you @leeannd. I am caucasian and my Fiance is filipino. Even though his mom and family is expecting this type of invitation we are are doing a more standard American invite. I havent yet told her this!! Both our parents are listed at the top with “pleased to invite you to the marriage of their children.” I want to include sponsors in the wedding and will have them listed in the program. I’m glad that this is a common practice and sometimes the only thing done.
Post # 9
We listed our sponsors in the invitation. It was important to Mother-In-Law that we honor that tradition so we did. I had to custom design our invitations and triple pocketfold so that it would all fit. Here is a pic. Invitation is in the middle, sponsor page is on the left. We titled it “Bridal Entourage” and included all the sponsors and the bridal party.
Post # 10
@smnmcdowll: I am totally using ur bridal entourage page for our program 😉 beautiful!
Post # 11
This is random but do you use the same 2 sponsers for the veil and the cord? Or 2 ppl for the veil, 2 other ppl for the cord?
Post # 12
Swiss Miss – I’m doing 2 people for the veil and 2 other people for the cord.
Post # 13
I’m not Filipino, but I’ve been to two Filipino weddings this past year. Both wedding invites had the sponsors listed on the invitations. At first (when I received the first invite) I was really confused as to why all those names were on it, but by the 2nd invite I understood =)
Post # 15
@Swiss Miss — at every Filipino wedding I’ve been to, it’s two people for the veil, two people for the cord and two people for the candles. Six secondary sponsors total.