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Note 189 – Using the word ‘arrhae’

Having been at my cousin’s wedding all day in London, I knew that it was going to be tricky to find a writing tip to blog about – until halfway through the church service when my family turned to me and asked what arrhae meant.

After googling it later, I’ve discovered that it means unity coins (or more traditionally known as the wedding arrhae). There are 13 coins in total, each one representing the different beliefs of a long-lasting marriage. Here’s an extract from

“Arrhae (wedding coins or arras as it’s known here in the Philippines) traditionally symbolizes the groom’s ability of to support his bride and confirms his position as the breadwinner of their future family”.

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I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


3 thoughts on “Note 189 – Using the word ‘arrhae’

  1. Hi, Sandra

    …but how do you pronounce arrhae?



    Posted by Ivan Dickason | November 6, 2011, 3:07 pm


  1. Pingback: Note 325 – Eight other sources of information for writing tips « My writing challenge - March 20, 2012

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