A Symbolic Southwestern Gift Meaningful of Love

File this under wedding gifts that you haven't thought of! Here in the Southwest we're surrounded by nature's gifts and get to experience the art of many cultures every day. The Pueblo Indian people have been making pottery by hand for hundreds of years, and one of their most meaningful and popular forms is the wedding vase. The vases were traditionally used in Pueblo wedding ceremonies, but today they've become a moving symbol of love and celebration of marriage. They are also a wedding gift favorite in New Mexico!

In Pueblo wedding ceremonies, the groom's parents provide the wedding vase, and on the day of the wedding, the vase is filled with holy water and given to the bride. She drinks from one side and the groom drinks from the other. It's not so different from the exchanging of rings ceremony. The two spouts represent the separate spirits of the bride and groom and the handle represents their union. We love the symbolism!

We've learned there's a wedding vase for every style. For the traditionalist, choose a vase in the traditional style of Santa Clara Pueblo, like this one handmade by artist Santa Clara Wedding Vase Mida Tafoya

<a href="http://shumakolowa.com/collections/wedding-vases/products/carolyn-concho-quail-butterfly-ladybug-wedding-vase" title="Wedding Vase by Carolyn Concho"></a>For the nature lover, choose something whimsical and colorful like this contemporary vase made by Carolyn Concho of Acoma Pueblo.

These inspiring, symbolic works of art make a beautiful and valuable gift that will absolutely stand out from the crowd! Shop more wedding vases now > 

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