Mayan Wedding Ceremony
Playa del Carmen on the Rivera Maya
Our Ajua Wedding Planners will arrange an authentic Mayan wedding celebrated by a Mayan Shaman in Maya. A Mayan Wedding can range from a simple ritual ceremony
to a very elaborate wedding service. It is a serious
spiritual ceremony. We use only authentic Shamans to perform authentic
Mayan wedding ceremonies and prior to the ceremony the Shaman must
determine if the bride and groom can participate in this sacred ceremony.
For an authentic Maya wedding ceremony, which
can include handmade wedding clothes, we require a minimum of 90
days to prepare for you.
The Mayan wedding is considered a link to the cosmos.
The authentic Mayan ceremony, following the actual traditions used
by the Maya from the Yucatan Peninsula, is led by an authentic Mayan
Shaman and will be held in Maya. A translator is provided when meeting the Shaman to understand the spirituality of the wedding and its Mayan symbolism.
Mayan Wedding Ritual ... a ritual of commitment to unite each other
as long as the commitment remains.
The Mayan Wedding Ritual is based in the Maya's connection with the universe
and their gods, which is described in their sacred book the Popol
Vuh, the ceremony brings the couple to the four cardinal points
(north, south, east and west) to unite them to the feminine Mother
Earth and the masculine Cosmic Energy, symbolized by a central sacred
An altar is created to represent these four cardinal
points. Flowers mark these four points and on the altar there is
traditional offerings to the Gods - corn, beans, rice, fruit –
to represent the gifts of prosperity and fertility. North is represented
by red flowers, East with yellow, South with purple, and West with
white. Candles are located on the altar on the four cardinal points
-- north, south, east and west – to symbolize the presence
of the four Mayan cosmos gods.
The center candle unites the feminine and masculine
– Mother Earth and Cosmic Energy, the fifth flame - which
is lit by the Shaman or by the one he designates. Prior to the ceremony,
the area is cleansed at the four cardinal points by the Shaman with
the sacred smoke from the Copal tree and the blowing of the ritual
conch shell horn.
Family and friends circle around the altar and
they celebrate the union of the bride and groom by presenting gifts
of flowers, music, food and drink. Mayan music with pre-Hispanic
instruments and the sacred conch shell is performed before and during
Traditional Mexican music, such as Mariachis, can
continue the celebration after the wedding.
The traditional Mayan wedding feast would include turkey
tamales, beans, potatoes and tortillas with plentiful toasts by
families and friends with Xtabentun, an anise and honey flavored
Mayan liqueur. (Champagne is available as well). For authentic Mayan
weddings, the sacred drink Balche (from the Mayan
balche, hidden tree) is prepared especially for the couple and is
a month long process. This ceremonial drink is “fermented
in alcohol with the sacred Balche tree bark, flowers, anise and
wild fresh bee honey.
The bride and groom wear simple natural clothing
of white or off white. They wear no shoes so they can absorb the
energy of the ceremony. Traditional dress, which can be purchased
or rented, is available for the bride and groom for authentic Maya
ceremonies. A Mayan bride traditionally wore a natural cloth skirt
and wedding huipil (an elaborate brocaded blouse) and the groom
an embroidered loincloth decorated with parrot feathers, semiprecious
stones and shells.
It is suggested that family and guests wear natural cloth
clothing in white or cream, preferably barefoot, so they can share
in the spiritual energy created by the ceremony.
Couples who have a wedding performed by a priest
or minister in Mexico do not receive a marriage license unless they
also have a registered civil marriage with a Mexican Justice of
All fees quoted are estimates and subject to change. All prices
are quoted in US dollars.
Photo credits: Brenda Alfaro