This bride proposed to her groom in their favorite hotel courtyard in Playa del Carmen, and one year later they were married in that same courtyard! But this time they were surrounded by 65 of their nearest and dearest for some dancing, pool lounging, and tequila drinking.
At first I was like, “I love that dress!” and then I was all, “I love that hat!” And finally I said, “I love this wedding!” 1950s-inspired fashion, a low-key dinner after some geeky vows (Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who included), fun with a piñata, and a bazillion folded cranes — this is a wedding to savor.
Over the years, we’ve seen lots of really lovely ways to include children in blended family weddings, but we’ve never featured the vows that were spoken. I’ve enlisted the help of a few of our favorite officiants, asking them to share wording for blended family vows that they’ve written. (Plus, we’ve got one batch of bonus vows from an Offbeat Bride reader!)
Like our personalized wedding logo, our ceremony is something we came up with together and personalized as well. We wanted to keep it short, simple, and light-hearted but also emphasizing equality — you will not find the word “obey” in this ceremony, but you will find Calvin and Hobbes and a butchered zombie head.
Many of you have written to us, wanting more inspiration for BDSM and polyamorous wedding ceremonies. Well, here’s a collaring ceremony that combines both!