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ceremony

Looking for ceremony scripts? Wedding readings? Advice on how to officiate a friend’s wedding? We’ve got all that and MORE.

nonreligious wedding poems 2 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

9 nonreligious wedding poems to make your guests cry

Nonreligious wedding poems are such an interesting balancing act… You want something emotional and heartfelt, but also a little not too heavy. You want a dash of funny, and a hint of modern — I mean, not that Robert Fulghum and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin aren’t great, but it’s nice to introduce your guests to something they haven’t heard before

Genderqueer Halloween Viking Wedding photos by Carmelisse Photography5 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

A Viking Halloween wedding ceremony script with a weapons exchange

This Viking Halloween wedding ceremony script has it all: a medieval weapons exchange, Dungeons and Dragons, and a whole lot of love. Whether you’re having a spooky-themed wedding or a Viking wedding, this Halloween wedding ceremony script will cover all your bases.

Cherry blossom wedding in Georgia: These high school sweetheart ladies had love blooming Like cherry blossoms

20 alternative wedding pronouncement examples to go WAY beyond “I now pronounce you…”

Want something more creative and inclusive than “I now pronounce you bla bla bla”? These 20 alternative wedding pronouncement examples will give you ideas for how to end your ceremony with a beautiful bang!

Nerdy vows & stunning views at this intimate Savannah nature preserve wedding

This Declaration of Support is a great way to encourage wedding guest participation

It can be such a treat to find meaningful ways for your wedding guests to participate in your ceremony. You want your guests laughing? YES. You want your guests crying? YES. Finding ways to encourage wedding guest participation is something we’ve written about before, but here’s one more way to get your guests involved: a declaration of support! Here’s the wording that Offbeat Bride readers Emily & Joel used in their wedding ceremony…

unique unity ceremony balloon fasting photos by JAMILAH PHOTOGRAPHY 2 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Try a balloon-fasting instead of a handfasting as a unique unity ceremony

Since this was our second wedding ceremony, we wanted to find a way to make our celebration feel new to us, while still incorporating a ritual that would be recognizable and meaningful to attending family and friends. Behold: THE BALLOON-FASTING! 

Vermont fall microwedding Photos by Jacquelyn Potter44 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Vermont fall commitment ceremony micro-wedding by a waterfall

We had a super secret commitment ceremony before our legal wedding. We leaned into the “super secret” aspect, so our theme was “super secret spies”. Instead of invitations we sent dossier packages with code names for our guests and GPS coordinates for the location of our ceremony.