You’re Planning a Maori Wedding
Is it possible to have a Maori wedding in Queensland? Kia ora and congratulations! You’re engaged and now it’s time to start planning your wedding. If you have Maori heritage, it’s very easy to include elements of Maori culture in your wedding.
A Maori Wedding Is Family Oriented
A Maori wedding is usually a chance for families to come together to celebrate. From the most respected elders to the youngest children, a Maori wedding is an opportunity for extended family and friends to socialise and enjoy some quality time together.
Recognising Your Maori Heritage
While many couples plan a fairly traditional western style wedding, it’s quite easy to combine the best of both worlds by recognising and adding elements of your Maori heritage to make your ceremony memorable and meaningful.
- If you’re lucky enough to own korowai, or garments made of flax, they can look amazing at a Maori wedding. The men involved in your wedding would look sensational in traditional dress
- Maori ladies who don’t want to wear completely traditional dress look fabulous with their western style wedding dresses or bridesmaids’ dresses complimented by traditional cloaks
- Simpler styles of wedding dress can have traditional designs embroidered on them, turning ordinary dresses into unique and gorgeous creations
- If your ceremony is being conducted in English, consider asking someone fluent in Maori to welcome your guests in that language at the start of your ceremony or to say a prayer in Maori
- Instead of, or in addition to, wedding rings, you and your beloved might like to exchange taongas. It’s super easy for a celebrant to add exchanging taongas to a Maori wedding ceremony
- After you say your vows, wrapping korowai around each other’s shoulders will symbolise how your love will surround each other for the rest of your lives
- You might like to include a time near the end of your ceremony for guests to come forward to present you with gifts. Alternatively, you may choose the western option of receiving gifts or having a wishing well at your reception
- Remember the hongi. Touching noses at the end of your Maori wedding ceremony is a beautiful and intimate gesture of love and respect
- Plan a Maori feast for your reception
A wedding should be fun, so as long as the legal bits are present, you can choose to honour your Maori heritage through songs, dancing, feasting and adding as many or as few elements of Maori culture to your ceremony as you like.
I don’t have Maori heritage, but I love Maori weddings and have married many Maori couples. CALL ME NOW to talk to a celebrant who respects and honours all cultures.
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