Indigenous weddings

The amazing sunsets, landscapes, varied accommodation, qualified wedding planners and comparatively much lower costs to Cartagena provide a mix that is positioning Santa Marta as a top beach wedding destination.

However, unique ceremonies are taking place in the Sierra. Indigenous weddings have become increasingly popular due to its symbolism and respect for mother nature. Ceremonies are performed by Mamos, spiritual leaders from the communities of the Sierra Nevada. The couple marries in a traditional hut or in a private area of some of the city´s premium hotels. This a highly spiritual and personal ceremony where only the couple is present.

The wedding consists of several steps: 

  • Confession: is a space for the couple to connect their thoughts with nature. 
  • Cleansing: is a time to surrender thoughts to mother nature to cleanse the couple of both negative and positive thoughts.
  • Offerings: consists of practicing gratitude and giving back spiritually to mother earth.

The ceremony comes to an end as the Mamo places yarn fibers in hands and feet of husband and wife to bring balance to their life and align the energy of the earth, sun, and the moon. 

The whole event lasts approximately 2 hours and can take place at any time of the year.