The Arras Tradition

The planners at 27 Miracles always have fun planning weddings and events for clients that are all about them.  This is when the planners get to be creative with their client and bring out the client’s utmost wishes for their special day. Because the  important thing here is that “your wedding or event should be everything that you dream of…”

Most recently one of my couples decided that they wanted to incorporate their Latin Heritage into the wedding ceremony.  They are doing the Arras ceremony. The bride sent us the information noted below to include in her wedding program.  She wanted the guests to be aware of what was happening in the ceremony.


Arras come from a Middle Eastern tradition brought to Europe by the Moors. The tradition has been carried throughout the world, especially in places that were Spanish ruled.  Nowadays it is customary in Latin America for the 13 gold coins to be exchanged between the bride and groom to symbolize the sharing of fortune and wealth.

Our bride that is doing the Arras ceremony has had this in her family for many generations, so having it in her modern-day wedding was that extra special touch that she wanted to add to honor her parents and family.

The Arras are thirteen coins.  The number 13 is said to represent Christ and the 12 apostles.  The thirteen coins also stand for love, trust, committment, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, wholeness, nurturing, caring, cooperation and peace traits that the couple would want their marriage to be filled with.

As part of the ritual the Officiant blesses the arras.  The arras should symbolize their mutual fidelity and help.  The Bible says that “wealth is the reward of humility and the fear of the Lord.”   It is noted that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

One of the things that 27 Miracles always shares with their brides and grooms  is that this is their special day and they should celebrate it with incorporating part of who they are.  Whether it is in the ceremony or the reception. We at 27 Miracles have a lot of fun planning things with our couples that will surprise their guests.

Here is a video that we came across that shows a couple incorporating who they are, which from the looks of the video is a couple that enjoy having fun and not worrying about the old traditions.

Happy planning to all the couples out there!!!!

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