From pre-colonial indigenous festivals to Catholic, Chinese, and Muslim practices, Philippine bride customs are a lovely fusion of native and foreign influences However, despite having different cultural backgrounds, love and commitment is a common theme in Filipino wedding ceremonies.

A traditional Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to officially inquire for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals that took place longer before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan had love the couple on the first day while holding their joined arms over a plate of grain. The pair then went back to their arbor and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next moment.

Most households in the Philippines still practice pamanhikan traditions today, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom may be led on split processions while frequently toting foods or flower items. The few likely next kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the corn plate.

The brides will usually get a kalamay rain( a disk of thick grain pastries from their friends during the reception. The grain serves as a reminder of their vow to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a way for them to express their gratitude to their friends and family for their assistance and attendance at the ceremony.

The newlyweds will then typically dance during the money dance, also known as” the dollar dance.” The bride and groom’s friends and family gather in sherengas during this time to party with them while having charges taped or pinched onto their apparel. The sum of funds raised represents their gifts and well wishes for the honeymooners.