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Whats the best or most unusual wedding ceremony you attended?

What are the ceremonies that you attended that stick in your mind?

We're looking for ideas for our own small ceremony (non-religious) that guests can be involved in but that aren't too cliched or cheesy....

Anything you saw that was memorable?

(We've got some good ideas already of course, but there are some very well travelled people out there!)

To get the ball rolling, one tradition from the land of birth of my partner is that you take a loaf of bread and the bride and groom take as big a bite as possible from it, and whoever takes the biggest bite on the wedding day "rules" the house!
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Old 06.08.2010, 11:30
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To get the ball rolling, one tradition from the land of birth of my partner is that you take a loaf of bread and the bride and groom take as big a bite as possible from it, and whoever takes the biggest bite on the wedding day "rules" the house!
Same thing in Turkey. After the ''we do'' and you are now husband and wife, the first who step on the other's foot will rules the house!
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Old 06.08.2010, 11:32
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Re: Whats the best or most unusual wedding ceremony you attended?

As me and my husband are from different countries, at my own wedding my sister-in-law made up big cards with some expressions in both languages (like cheers, I love you etc) and people had to learn the other one. Was quite fun.
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Re: Whats the best or most unusual wedding ceremony you attended?

Me and my (there is a god, thankyouthankyouthankyou, ex) wife was ready to pop at our wedding and it was literally a case of "do you? do you? (NO, hell NO) ok! The ambulance is waiting outside..
Dragon in law and Step mom started fighting, brother in law was drunk and the car broke down on the way to the registrar.
Should have read the signs Slammer, should have read the signs.
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Old 06.08.2010, 12:02
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Re: Whats the best or most unusual wedding ceremony you attended?

Most unusual one I attended was my own: I was wearing a tang dynasty costume and riding a horse... which was for the locals approximately as exotic as a little green Alien on the street would be for you... I was following a parade of musicians, dancing lions and a large litter carried by eight to pick up the bride. But that would look strange in Switzerland.
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Most unusual one I attended was my own: I was wearing a tang dynasty costume and riding a horse... which was for the locals approximately as exotic as a little green Alien on the street would be for you... I was following a parade of musicians, dancing lions and a large litter carried by eight to pick up the bride. But that would look strange in Switzerland.
... all very low key and understated then!!
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... all very low key and understated then!!
Compared ot other weddings in China, probably yes... (people are cheap to hire there, renting a luxury car is not - so quite the opposite of here)
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To get the ball rolling, one tradition from the land of birth of my partner is that you take a loaf of bread and the bride and groom take as big a bite as possible from it, and whoever takes the biggest bite on the wedding day "rules" the house!

...and just what chance do I have with my girlfriend
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...and just what chance do I have with my girlfriend
So it clearly works.......
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Re: Whats the best or most unusual wedding ceremony you attended?

one thing we did was all the guests had pieces of handmade paper and wrote some advice for marriage and taking care of each other. it was so nice to read what everyone wrote and actually they all had some good advice and funny things to say. we have them all in a beautiful book now and it is very special to us-
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What are the ceremonies that you attended that stick in your mind?
Defo a Quaker wedding. It took about 45 minutes during which no one said much, every once in a while someone would stand up and tell an anecdote or say something nice about the couple.

One bloke got up and talked about the traffic jam on the way over, i still to this day believe it was a very deep metaphor, i'm just havn't got enough soul to understand it
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one thing we did was all the guests had pieces of handmade paper and wrote some advice for marriage and taking care of each other. it was so nice to read what everyone wrote and actually they all had some good advice and funny things to say. we have them all in a beautiful book now and it is very special to us-
Similar to this, during the meal at my sister and brother-in-law's wedding I handed out cards and asked everyone to write a thought about the wedding day. I collected the cards and sealed them in a box with bottles of bubbles and whisky. I gave them the box on their first wedding anniversary and they said they had a lovely and entertaining evening reading the cards. Big thumbs up from them. (Would love to claim it was an original idea but stole it from a Danish wedding. Also at Danish wedding was tradition of whenever the bride left the reception room, all the female guests had to run over to get a kiss from the groom and vice versa for the gents when the groom nipped out for a fag).
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Re: Whats the best or most unusual wedding ceremony you attended?

How about a "promises tree"? We saw this at the wedding of some Swiss friends, and liked it so much we organised one for some English friends at their wedding. The idea is that someone buys a nice potted tree, reasonably mature, and the guests write a "promise" on a luggage tag and tie it onto the tree. The promises can range from an evening's babysitting, a nice dinner, a weekend in a holiday home.... the only limit is your imagination; however, the promise should be thoughtful and is usually something that won't cost the giver too much money, only time/effort/love
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Defo a Quaker wedding. It took about 45 minutes during which no one said much, every once in a while someone would stand up and tell an anecdote or say something nice about the couple.
I once went to a Quaker funeral service which was run in the same way. Extremely moving.

In terms of wedding ceremonies, the one I most enjoyed was a Hindu one in North London, complete with audience participation, repeat-after-me responses in Sanskrit, the 7 piles of rice marking steps on the road from single people to married couple, scarf binding the couple's wrists, the bride's brother literally getting to twist the groom's ear to ensure he would treat his wife right, until the groom paid him off... We experienced the highly abbreviated version at 4 hours
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We have attended a wedding where the bride and the groom both had sand from where (area) they had come from. During the ceremony they each poured the sand into a bottle to signify the joining of the two families.

We also had a book at our reception for the guests to write down their wishes. It is lovely to look back at it after 7 years to see the wonderful advice given.
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