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Offbeat Weddings 101

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 9:20 AM

What is an offbeat wedding?


I would define an offbeat wedding as a wedding that is not "the norm". This could mean many things!


Sometimes it would mean a bride wears a dress that is not white like Shelly's wedding 


Sometimes it could mean the theme as in Cathy's Harry Potter themed wedding where we all wore Harry Potter robes and had a wand.


Danielle's wedding where the theme was steam punk and she made her own themed wedding bouquet, had watches, an old typewriter, butterflies and keys.


Sometimes it may not be in the ceremony but in the reception as in Romie's wedding had skulls!


 One quirky thing I did for a couple was “a coffee ceremony” as it was something that was important in their relationship.

Here is the ceremony wording:

Wilson will now put the coffee into the espresso maker, representing his individuality and uniqueness, and the gifts that he brings to this marriage relationship.


Frhannceska will now put the sugar into the expresso maker, representing her individuality and uniqueness, and the gifts that she brings to this marriage relationship.


The coffee and the sugar has been blended together as Wilson and Frhannceska's lives will now be blended together. The sugar also represents the sweet life they will have in their marriage relationship.


When the espresso is done, both Wilson and Frhannceska will drink the espresso which will represent their new life that they will now share together.


Just as the coffee and sugar have been blended together, so will their marriage be.

Sometimes it could mean quirky things done during the ceremony like Michelle's wedding where not only did she wear a dress other than plain white but her wedding was quirky. Her Dad walked her down the aisle to the electric slide. She also wanted the words in the ceremony to be the same words used in Princess Bride and my favorite was the last line she wanted me to say “You may kiss your wookie”.


Here is some of the wording of her ceremony:

Marriage is….. what…. brings us to-gether to-day.


That Blessed arrangement….

That dream within a dream….

AND love….

True love……Will follow you forever…

Sir Oak, Have you the rings?

Michele and John, may these rings for you always be your most treasured adornment and may the love they symbolize be your most treasured possession.

One ring to RULE them all

One ring to FIND them

One ring to BRING them all

and in loves warmth BIND them.

Bringing balance to the force and your lives together

I declare this marriage to be fully armed and functional

You may kiss your wookie………


Nicole's wedding the wording has reference to soccer as they are both huge soccer fans. Here is the opening of their ceremony:

As many of you already know, Nichole and Steve have a passion for hockey, and together enjoy all that hockey has to offer. Because of this, they already know a lot about marriage. Hockey and marriage aren’t all that different! Both can be loads of fun, and yet require a lot of hard work, a lot of learning, analyzing mistakes and starting over. Every day is a new and exciting game. A good game, and a good marriage – don’t just happen. It takes love to get started, and sheer determination to make it through. Sometimes we miss shooting the puck into the net, and other times the hockey puck makes it into the net, but we always try, and that is what a beautifully executed goal is. It is the same in marriage, In order to reach your goals as a couple, you need to work together as a team.



Together, the two of you can accomplish anything.

Together, the two of you will be better than you would be alone.

Together, the two of you will share your love with the world.

Together, your love will grow into a bond too strong to break.


Jason and Scott wanted a Dr. Seuss wedding and the whole ceremony needed to rhyme like Dr. Seuss books! Here are just a few of the words;

Will you take her as your wife? Will you love her all your life? Will you love through good and bad? Whether you're happy or sad?

Will you love through good and bad? Whether you're happy or sad?


I'm still waiting for Morris to set his wedding date as he told me he wanted a tea party!



Basically putting it all together it is when couples do not want the entire wedding to be “traditional”, the couple wants to add their uniqueness to it. Couples that want a celebration that will standout


Offbeat weddings are not something new but have been gaining popularity for couples who want something untraditional. These unique couples want their wedding to reflect who they are as individuals and as a couple.


Offbeat Weddings are a growing trend. Couples want something different. They want something creative, artistic, quirky and unique reflected on their wedding day. Offbeat weddings can include costuming or simply the wording of the ceremony.

Always and Forever Florida Weddings has added this new service to meet the growing demand of wedding themes for gothic, goth, emo, punk, rock & roll, Harry Potter fans, sports enthusiast, zombies, gamers, and more. Wedding ceremonies do not have to be traditional, personalized custom ceremonies can include couples love of Cosplay, Megakon, Comiccom, and Spookiecom.


Wedding ceremonies do not need to be just another “cookie cutter wedding”. Wedding ceremonies should standout as the ceremony sets the tone for your entire wedding celebration. An offbeat wedding is not about rebelling, it is simply your wedding vision and striving to create a wedding that is a reflection of you and your partner. Weddings should be meaningful to the couple and tell the story of their love.


Reverend Arlene Ponack will accommodate almost any wardrobe request! A fee may be added if required to purchase a costume.



If I had to sum up what an offbeat wedding is, I would say something that is fun and different. After all we are all different so why would everyone want the same traditional wedding? Unique couples are choosing to do unique things for their wedding….after all, it is the couples wedding day.


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