Fun Wedding Ceremony Ideas
If the ceremony is the heart of a wedding, why do so many of them feel completely generic?
Here are a few memorable ideas we’ve seen done in the past year:
1: Have your guests pass around the rings.
During the beginning of the ceremony, have the officiant start passing the rings around to your guests so that they may all wish you well. Depending on the amount of wedding guests and length of ceremony, the rings may not make it all the way around, but at least your closest friends and family who are seated up front will get to them.
Think of it as a sort of secular “blessing” which gives each guest in attendance the time to feel an intimate connection to you. An alternate version of this can be to pass around beads or something else with the same goal in mind.
2: Jumping a broom.
Depending on the cultural reference point, this tradition symbolizes various things to different people. In the American south, whoever jumped highest over the broom would the decision maker of the household. In South Africa, it represented the wife’s commitment to clean the courtyard of the couple’s new home. In England, this tradition is synonymous with non-denominational or non-church unions. In pre-Christian Europe this was also common and Wiccans developed their own broom jumping tradition.
In my opinion, it’s just fun to jump, so why not?
3: Hand Fasting
A traditional European ceremony, hand fasting isn’t seen too often anymore. You can get complicated with all of the various rituals which are involved with this, but essentially your wrists are loosely tied together as part of the ceremony.
For this wedding I recently photographed, the couple did hand fasting along with a sand pouring ceremony:
4: Untraditional readings.
At a wedding we photographed this past weekend, the couple had selected readings from the works of one Dr. Seuss. Lest you think it was a silly thing to do, you should know that I saw more than a couple of people shed a tear during the recitation. So maybe forsake that overused Corinthians 13:1-13 passage and try for something a little more meaningful to you personally. I’ve also seen This is For You by Rob Ryan read with great effect.
From Oh! The Places You’ll Go!:
You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to great heights! You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have all the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang, and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because sometimes, you won’t. You’ll get mixed up of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with so many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with great care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
5: Incorporate photography.
Since I’m a photographer, I had to mention this one: this couple chose to take a moment right after the ceremony while everyone was still in their seats to get a group photo. I was positioned at a slight elevation behind the group, and everyone just stood up and turned around for the picture. If you’re not one for spending a lot of time on formal shots, this could be a fun time saver.