Wedding Customs

Courtship and Wedding Customs

Wedding Customs index. Courtship and marriage customs of various Native American tribes. Wedding prayers, and more.





Apache Wedding Prayer
Cherokee Wedding Prayer
Cherokee and Sioux courtship and wedding customs
Sioux Wedding Prayer


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Cherokee Wedding Attire

For a Cherokee wedding, the bride wears a special style of dress called a “tear dress.” The groom wears a ribbon shirt and black slacks. They both wear moccasins. In lieu of rings, the bride and groom exchange gift baskets.

Cherokee Wedding Customs

Cherokee wedding customs dictated that relatives and friends follow as the couple entered the sacred council fire area. The bride wore a white dress and white moccasins, usually made from deer or elk skins. The groom wore a roe-colored ribbon shirt, black pants and moccasins.

How does the wedding vase ceremony go?


I am a non-denominational wedding minister in North
Carolina. I have a bridal couple that want to include the
wedding vase in their ceremony. Do you have the wording
that you can share for this ceremony? We would greatly
appreciate your help. Thank you.

–Submitted by Bonnie C.

Juaneño Band of Mission Indians Marriage Customs
Kaw Wedding Customs
Pueblo Wedding Vase Ceremony
Sacred Fire Wedding Ceremony
The Shawnee marriage dance
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