A Veil symbolizes the oneness of marriage. A Cord symbolizes the unbreakable bond of marriage. Coins symbolize the stewardship of earthly possessions.
BRIDE and GROOM, I ask SPONSOR and SPONSOR to join us and to lay a veil over you to clothe you together.
Let this be a symbol of the faithful love you have for each other.
Through the passing of the years, let the veil remind you that you belong to each other and to no one else.
(Instruction: SPONSOR will pin the veil on GROOM’s right shoulder, while SPONSOR will drape the veil over BRIDES head and pin it on the left side of her veil.)
BRIDE and GROOM, I invite SPONSOR and SPONSOR to place a cord over you.
This cord symbolizes an infinite bond of love you share that keeps your relationship strong in the face of adversity, as well as that you both are no longer two, but one in marriage.
May this cord remind you to face your life together courageously and to be mutual in support of each other in carrying out your duties and responsibilities as a couple.
And, may your love grow stronger and bind you closer together through the years.
(Instruction: SPONSOR will place the cord over BRIDE head and rest it on her shoulders, while SPONSOR will place the cord over GROOM’s head and rest it on his shoulders.)
Removal of Veil and Cord
I would like to call on the secondary sponsors to remove the cord and veil.
Now let us do an exchange of the Arras, or coins.
Instruction: SPONSOR will present the pillow with the coins to the Officiant.
Originally, there was an understanding of husband as “bread winner” and wife as “home maker” so the coins were given and received not in a spirit of reciprocity but in a give/take relationship.
Nowadays the coins are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them.
May God bless these coins that symbolize mutual support and responsibility.
Officiant/GROOM: Instruction: The officiant drops the coins into GROOM’s waiting hands. GROOM then drops the coins into BRIDE hands. BRIDE then puts her hand above GROOM’s then drops the coins back into his hands. Finally, GROOM gives the coins to Tuan (Best Man) for safe-keeping.
GROOM, repeat after me.
BRIDE, I give you this as a pledge of my dedication to your welfare.
BRIDE, repeat after me
I accept them and in the same way pledge my dedication to you, the care of our home, and the welfare of our children.