Most couples I meet are all about making their wedding ceremony fun. They want a non-traditional ceremony that’s more about them, their friends and family than etiquette and expectations. If that’s you and your hoping to get the party started sooner rather than later, you should consider adding some out-of-the-ordinary inclusions to your ceremony.
In a bid to get your thoughts stirring, here’s 5 ideas to make your wedding ceremony fun and memorable. Be warned, these ideas are for ballsy, fun-at-all-costs kinds of couples. Those who aren’t afraid to take themselves a little less seriously, even on their wedding day.
Before I give you the inside scoop, I want to acknowledge and pay tribute to the amazing T.C.S. Tribe aka The Celebrant Society. Without this group of mad dog celebrants I wouldn't have been inspired to write this post or turn the cool wedding ceremony pipedream into a reality. Adding these elements to your ceremony will definitely spice things up, but it takes a courageous celebrant to pull them off. Thanks to the T.C.S. Tribe and our philosophy of community over competition, there’s always a support crew on hand to inspire bravery and troubleshoot the wackiest of wedding ceremony ideas and inclusions.
Let’s hop to it!
You will be familiar with saying the “I Do’s” but have you ever thought about making your guests take a vow too?
If having a big celebration is the most important thing for your big day, get everyone on board early, in the ceremony in fact. During the introduction have your guests pledge to party and have a good time with you. It doesn’t matter if it’s your granny or your niece, everyone can take the vow to unleash their inner party animal in celebration of your love.
If you’re the kind of couple who bickers over who chooses which take out to order, this one is for you.
When it comes to who will say their vows first, there’s always an awkward pause. Come the ceremony, nerves are high and secretly you’ll probably be hoping it won’t be you. Let’s flip for this one guys! And do it on the spot. Your guests get to enjoy the fun and you really have to succumb to the moment. Loser goes first! Or was it winner?… We can never be sure…!
Who said the alcohol had to wait until the reception? In a cheeky show of solidarity/party vibes/self-destruction, pass around shot glasses and have your guests take a shot before your vows.
If you’re really clever, this can be teamed with a famous story of a night out in Tokyo. The kind of night which spoiled Sake forever. In comes the Sake!!!
We’ve all got that friend we’d call if a tough situation arose. The one you know would get you out of trouble without judgement and keep it hush hush! This is your opportunity to honour their loyalty without making a big to-do.
Before the ceremony one of you hands over your phone with this person’s contact details showing. When it comes to pronouncing you married, everyone is asked to turn their phones back on and up loud. The person whose phone rings is the one, who gets to take the mic and make this union official! Let’s hope they don’t hate public speaking.
Who remembers when Dylan Alcott so sneakily dropped Wu-Tang lyrics into his Q&A appearance?
Well this is like that, but bingo style. In the housekeeping section, guests are told that sprinkled throughout the ceremony will be references to your favourite movie/artist/song/TV show/game etc. Once they count 5 they have to stand up and yell their name at the top of their lungs, no matter when in the ceremony it is!
It’s a good way of testing who’s actually listening, who is on your wavelength and simply, who can count to 5.
Prizes for the winning guest/s are at your own discretion. The street cred they’ll earn will be the true reward.
Like what you’ve read and want to flesh these ideas out in more detail? Or want access to the other 5 ideas I’m keeping under wraps? Swap deets with me and we can see where things go!