The Apache Wedding Blessing is the most famous of the Native American wedding poems. The poem is often used during a ceremony and in many toasts.
Below is the Apache Wedding Blessing plus several other Native American poems.
Perhaps you too will find inspiration from one of these poems.
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all of the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty.
May the warm winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows,
And may the Rainbow always touch your shoulder.
"May you always walk in Beauty." - Ancient Prayer
Toast Inspired by Apache Indian Prayer:
I would like to propose a toast to my bride (or bridegroom): May we
each be shelter to the other; may we each be warmth to the other; and
may our days be good and long upon this earth.
Now, as you join your life together, intertwining your pasts, weaving them into one future, may the texture be especially strong, and may your pattern be especially beautiful.
"You are my husband (or wife),
My feet shall run because of you.
My feet, dance because of you.
My heart shall beat because of you.
My eyes, see because of you.
My mind, think because of you.
And I shall love because of you."
What is love?...It is the morning and the evening star. Thank you for loving me and becoming my wife. You are my morning and evening star.
While these may not be a Native American poem, they still have the same feel and style as the Native American love poems.
Hawaiian Wedding Song
What was sought is here;
The unknown is found
A mate is found
To share the winter winds,
and love seeks
to unite you in
A place for sleep
While two become one.
Shadows of the dark night disappear
The eastern horizon awakes
The great day is here.
The greatest hour is now.
Eskimo Love Song
You are my husband (wife)
My feet shall run because of you
My feet dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you.