Filipino Catholic wedding traditions are rich in meaning. In Filipino families, the newlyweds “tie the knot,” so to speak, by wearing a lasso, or cord, and veil. After the vows and rings have been exchanged, sponsors—friends and close family members who are married—pin a large veil over the shoulders of the couple who kneel side by side. Then they place a cord, or lasso—sometimes shaped as a large rosary—on top of the veil, around the heads of the couple, tying the two together. The meaning is quite clear: what God has joined, let no one divide.