The tradition of the wedding lasso used in some Catholic wedding Masses is a personal favorite of mine. Why? Because it beautifully symbolizes the husband and wife’s union with God as they prepare to walk together in their married life.
The typical wedding lasso – or wedding cord, as it is sometimes referred to – is a long strand of rosary beads. When extended, you can see the infinity symbol (∞), which is formed as it is joined by a crucifix. The use of a lasso is common in many Hispanic cultures and is most closely associated with Catholic wedding ceremonies. Lassos also are used, however, in other Christian weddings and even in some non-traditional ceremonies, as the imagery and symbolism – that of a couple’s union – have universal appeal.
In Hispanic Catholic Masses, the lasso ritual is usually performed immediately after the exchange of the wedding vows and rings – and while the bride and groom is kneeling down at the altar. At this particular point in the ceremony, the “padrinos de lazo,” or lasso godparents, will wrap the cord around the couple’s shoulders. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of the padrinos, they are a married couple who agree to serve as a role model for the bride and groom (and are most often family members or close friends).
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The lasso is later removed before the bride and groom make their bouquet offering to Mary. Although this is the conventional way to do it, each priest may have his own way to perform the ritual. At the rehearsal, it is a good idea to have your godparents familiarize themselves with the lasso and to practice placing it around you. Brides, if you’ll be wearing a veil or crown, a practice round with the lasso is especially important as it is easy for the cord to get tangled up!
While many lassos are made from traditional rosary beads, you can find more ornate versions, some of which are made with ribbon, rope, twine, or fabric flowers. Real floral lassos, while more uncommon, make for a visually striking statement. If you’re interested in making your own floral lasso, seeded eucalyptus is a good choice and can be used to create stunning garlands. Remember, even if you are not getting married in the Catholic Church, a lasso can serve as a wonderful and unique element to any wedding.
Oh, and what if your parents still have their own wedding lasso? Definitely use it! What a great tradition to keep for generations. If you don’t have a legacy lasso that can be passed down to you, check out Etsy, which has several great shops.
Finally, below are some beautiful examples of wedding lassos. I hope these designs will inspire you to consider making the lasso tradition a part of your wedding ceremony. Click on each image to go to the Etsy shop where I found them.
Let me know if you will incorporate your lasso to your wedding ceremony! Happy planning,
Traditional wedding lasso via Etsy
Wedding lasso via Etsy
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