wedding season is upon us, and with it comes the eternal
question: What to give the bride and groom? China,
silverware, crystal and-of course-money will always
be appreciated and will never go out of style. But
if you wish to celebrate the couple's commitment in
a way that will always be remembered, nothing could
be more perfect than a unique, handmade Native American
wedding vase, which is integral to the culture of
many Southwestern Indian tribes, is beautiful in both
form and symbolism. The idea is simplicity itself:
one vessel with two spouts-just as the lives of the
man and wife will be after their wedding day. In the
traditional Native American ceremony, pure water is
placed in the vase, which is then given to the bride.
She drinks from one spout, then turns the vase around
and hands it to the groom. He drinks from the other
spout. They are then united as one.
Horsehair Vase with Turquoise
1/2" High $85
Horsehair Vase with Turquoise5 1/2"
vase is treasured by the couple throughout t
heir married life. It is displayed in their home,
and carefully protected. It is never broken, discarded
or destroyed. Should one of them outlive the other,
the remaining person gives the vase to a couple known
to be living a happily married life. The people receiving
this gift are greatly honored by it.
the Southwest, wedding vases are frequently given
and deeply appreciated. But in parts of the country
not familiar with this custom, a wedding vase is likely
to be the finest surprise in all the couple's gifts.
Marriage is a time of deep emotion and great trust
in the future. The wedding vase, so symbolic of everything
marriage stands for, will be prized by the couple,
who will enjoy it all over again each time they explain
it to their friends.
SFAOL.com store features a carefully chosen selection
of Native American wedding vases, any of which will
be shipped to you Bear and Bird Wedding Vase^101 at
no additional cost when you order online with a credit
card. Please remember that because all our vases are
handmade by individual artists, no two will be exactly
alike. Thus the ones pictured on our site may be somewhat
different than the one you receive. What will be the
same, however, is the powerful and emotional-and unforgettable-statement
you make with this perfect gift.
with Blue$55 7
Vase with Terra Cotta Shading
Vase with Turquoise$55 7
OF THE WEDDING VASE
Usually a week or
two before they are married by a priest, the future
husband's parents make the Wedding Vase.
When the vase has
been made, the husband, along with his parents and
all his relatives go to the bride's house. The bride
brings out everything she will need to establish their
new home together: clothing, utensils, mattress, moccasins,
corn and any other homemaking essentials, including
her white manta wedding dress.
The parents of both
the bride and the groom give the young couple advice
to help them have a happy and successful marriage.
Indian holy water
is placed in the wedding vase, and the vase is turned
around and given to the bride.
She drinks from one
side of the vase, turns it around again, and gives
it to the groom, who then drinks from the opposite
side. This ceremony unites them as one.
The couple will treasure
the Vase throughout their married life. Should one
of them outlive the other, the remaining person will
give the vase to a couple known to be living a happily
The wedding vase
is treasured and protected always-it is never broken,
discarded or destroyed.
As told by Margaret Gutierrez,
a famous potter of the Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.
Horse Hair Vase $79
Horse Hair Vase $51
5 1/2" High
$62 7 1/2"
Wedding Vases are approximately 5 inches tall.
They are sold in groups of six, including a
story about wedding vases for each one, for
$180 total. Wonderful for wedding favors given
by the bride.
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