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Alternative Wedding Ceremony Ideas & Examples

We’ve got SO much wedding ceremony advice like how to officiate a wedding, tons of wedding ceremony readings, a bazillion wedding ceremony scripts, and even wedding vow examples! We’ve also got info about handfasting and other unity ceremonies. You’ll want to start here: Wedding Ceremony 101.

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How to officiate a wedding for a friend

For many of us who are tapped to officiate a wedding for a couple of dear friends, it is our first experience designing a ritual, not to mention one so important. We take to the trusty Internet for answers, but find little. We can’t look to previous generations for wisdom, as most of them were either married by a religious figure by choice or obliged by their parents. To help fill in the gap, here are a few of the practices I’ve picked up along the way or created whole cloth.

Cocktail Wedding Reception Coworking Space photos by Drushotya26 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

These wedding vow promises will make you weepy (+ring-warming wording!)

Willie and Maya planned a casual cocktail wedding reception with an elegant vibe at a coworking space! We loved their wedding vow promises and ring warming so much and feel like there is lots of inspiration for folks looking to write their own personal wedding vow promises.

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This year’s best vow examples

We’ve featured literally thousands of real weddings on Offbeat Wed, and most of them include an excerpt from the couple’s vows. For those of you planning your weddings and trying to write your wedding ceremony scripts, these wedding vow examples from real couples can be a great way to get ideas to help you figure out how to write your own wedding vows.

witchy halloween handfasting script alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Our Halloween handfasting ceremony script complete with readings

The wedding officiant at our witchy Halloween handfasting was one of our close mutual friends. The Halloween handfasting ceremony script he read from was composed of our personal wants, Pagan influence, and research on nontraditional vows from other offbeat weddings.

Surprise Ceremony Halloween Carnival Party 25 scaled alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

This Hallowedding had zombie wedding ceremony script!

Our first date was the premiere episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, so obviously we had to tie Halloween/spooky/macabre into the wedding!

A train ride ceremony and stunning kilts and bridal suits at this Railroad Museum of New England wedding

Non-possessive ring exchange wording and wedding vow promises

“We’ve both had reservations about marriage: it’s often associated with sexism, it implies that relationships should be permanent even though they often aren’t. Still, we wanted to make our commitment official in a public way — but we wanted our wedding to reflect our ideas about marriage.”