Arras – Thirteen gold coins
The groom gives the bride thirteen gold coins blessed by the priest. The 13 coins represent the Christ and his 12 apostles. The Arras is given to the bride as a symbol of the unquestionable trust and confidence the groom has in her.
Most often, he presents them in an ornate box, a silver or gold jewelry box, or on a silver or gold gift tray.
Doing so, he also pledges to be a good provider and to support and care for his bride as she becomes his wife.
By accepting these arras, the bride pronounces her unconditional trust and confidence in her groom.