The wedding cord, more commonly known as the wedding lasso, is typically found in Mexican-Catholic wedding ceremonies. Variations of the lasso are also common in other Central American countries, the Philippines and Spain. The wedding lasso is not the same rope used by cowboys to wrangle cattle, but rather a beautiful loop of rosary beads! It is placed in a figure eight shape around the bride and groom after they have made their wedding vows and remains around the couple until the end of the mass. The lasso is then given to the bride as a keepsake of their marriage vows.
The lasso is symbolic of their eternal love which binds them as well as reiterating that the two become one in their marriage. In fact, the wedding lasso is actually two individual and complete rosaries which meet and become one before the crucifix. The belief is that the couple will continue to pray together to ensure a long and prosperous marriage. This is one of my favorite cultural wedding traditions because it is a physical reminder of that invisible yet permanent bond between the bride and groom. Are you incorporating any cultural traditions into your wedding ceremony?