That "Apache wedding blessing" isn't even Native American, so I rewrote it to be less problematic #Ceremony Advice#readings Posted Mar 1 2021 Ariel findyourafterglow Photo by Northfern from this wedding. If you're looking for wedding readings, you may have come across this one in your searches. It's often referred to as Apache wedding blessing or sometimes a Navajo wedding blessing, or Native American wedding prayer, or any number of other similar names. All of these names are inaccurate, but I'll get into that later: Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there is no more loneliness. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May your days together be good and long upon the earth. Related Post Tear-jerking (but not too romantic) family wedding readings for all your sisters and pals My older sister has given me a TON of advice throughout my life, no less so throughout the process of planning my wedding. I want... Read more While this piece of writing expresses a lovely sentiment, and you're totally allowed to love it and use it at your wedding… you do need to know this: the reading has nothing to do with Apaches or Navajo Native American culture at all. The reading is from a 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie called Broken Arrow, based on a 1947 novel called Blood Brothers. The words have no indigenous roots at all — they're a mid-20th century white dude's fantasy. This is what's known as "Fakelore." To be blunt: this reading has nothing to do with Native American culture at all, other than that it's something that a cisgender white dude imagined Native Americans might possibly say. Now, do you want to use a poem from an old Western movie in your wedding? Maybe you do, maybe you don't. If you do, that's cool! But if you don't, but you want something with a similar sentiment, lemme see what I can do. I'm just some lady in Seattle, but I'm not going to create some fakeloric myth to make this reading seem like anything more than what it is. I don't believe in pretending to be anything that I'm not, so let's just call this… One human's hope Now the raindrops will not sting your skin, for you can each be the soul umbrella the other seeks. Now the cold will not chill you, for your love can warm each other's bodies and minds. Now that very human experience of loneliness can ease, For while you are still two people, you're sharing this path of marriage as one being. May your time together be united in gratitude and grace for as long this walk may last. There. FIXED IT. Related Post "Mouths wandering each to each": A seriously passionate wedding reading Upon first glance at this wedding reading, it seems lovely and sweet. But give it a second and it starts to sounds like some real live passion is being felt… Read More Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Rainy renaissance downpour wedding… with a prosthetic leg garter removal! NEXT A butch lesbian wedding in COVID-times: two brides, two suits, ten guests Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.