A Native American Wedding Ceremony may include the Native American Wedding Vase and/or honoring the four sacred directions: North; South; East; and West. This ceremony may also include the use of sage to smudge or sprinkling of corn pollen. Jen Paul of Life Passages is well trained to include this spiritual ritual in your wedding ceremony whether it be a large wedding or elopement in the state of Arizona.
The meaning of a Native American Wedding Vase ceremony is similar to that of a Unity candle or a Cup. During your ceremony each of you drink from the vessel as a symbol of two individuals whose lives are becoming one. In addition, a hand washing ceremony may be incorporated after drinking. Words are included from the ‘hands ceremony’ if desired or the hand washing may be done in silence or with music.
The four directions are sacred and connect us with Mother Earth. Each direction is faced beginning with the East, the place of dawn, before progressing to the next direction, a rattle is shaken. The wording used may vary depending on the preferences of the couple. Each direction has a number of characteristics associated with it which may include: four elements (earth, fire, water and air); seasons of the year; position of the sun; and animals. In addition, a Marriage Blessing may be incorporated into the ritual.
If you are getting married in Arizona and would like to incorporate Native American traditions, Jen Paul of Life Passages can guide you. You will be e-mailed wording options to choose from.
Jen also has access to a Medicine Wheel in Sedona if you would like to get married at this sacred site.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and I look forward to hearing from you!