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How to celebrate six months of marriage at a wedding party?

In March, Mrs. HeroZero and I exchanged vows and rings at City Hall with a very small group of friends and immediate family. On Labor Day, we're having a bigger wedding party with the friends and family who couldn't come to the original, tiny event. What are some ideas for making this ceremony meaningful in a way that's different from how a wedding goes? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 20, 2014 - 7 answers

At least now I have a decent playlist for my funeral

Radiohead music during a wedding ceremony? It's (hopefully) more likely than you think. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Mar 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Suggestions for Ceremony lines

Wedding in 5 weeks. We still haven't figured out any of the script for our wedding. The officient sent us a handful of sample ceremonies, but none of them really feel like us. The "I ______ take thee _________ to be my wife/husband, for richer or poorer" etc vows we are totally stuck on, and frankly the ring exchange lines are also sticking us up too. Please help. The green always has such creative suggestions! Don't fail me now! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 7, 2013 - 24 answers

Wedding ceremonies for the non-religious?

What did you, a non-religious person, do for your wedding ceremony? What was the basic structure? What resources did you use to help you plan? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on May 21, 2013 - 39 answers

It's not symbolic. Really.

Help us avoid the tidal wave of bad jokes about our unique wedding venue. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Apr 5, 2013 - 31 answers

I guess we can't get married in a cardboard box.

Help two budget wedding dorks make the most of appointments, touring venues, etc. What questions do we need to ask in person? How do we get it all done in a weekend? Can we get discounts on entry fees for looking at all these places? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Creative ways of including family and friends in a wedding

What are some creative ways of including or honoring special family and friends in a wedding, beyond the typical bridal party? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jun 14, 2012 - 17 answers

torturing loved ones for fun and profit

We're considering having our wedding ceremony outside. At night. In winter. Is this completely crazy? Is there any way to make it less crazy? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on May 16, 2012 - 66 answers

A five-minute long wedding reading?

Some of my best friends are getting married, and they have asked my husband and I to give a reading during the ceremony. Help us find the perfect reading. Difficulty level: Must be around 5 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by erst on Mar 22, 2012 - 24 answers

How exactly do you become officially married legally?

What is the difference between getting a marriage license and getting married? I mean, do you have to have a ceremony to be married? If so, why do you need a license to do it? Can you just get a license and call it good? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Nov 9, 2011 - 23 answers

Small, cheap wedding venue in Chicago for May wedding

I am looking for a venue for a cheap, small (35 people), and simple wedding ceremony in Chicago in May 2012 and are looking for suggestions. We are looking for somewhere beautiful where we don't need to do a lot of set up but is also cheap to rent.
posted by bucksox on Nov 1, 2011 - 4 answers

What To Marry People In?

I'm performing a marriage ceremony in Los Angeles this September. What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Aug 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Mawiage. Mawiage is what bwings us togefa today.

Please help us think of some non-traditional wedding roles for our siblings. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Alternatives for wine in a Love Letter Box for a wedding ceremony?

We're planning on having a love letter and wine box ceremony for our wedding, but I don't like wine that much (although a sweeter wine that lasts that long could be an option). What else could we put in the box that would last for 25 years and still taste good/be nice to have? Doesn't have to be food or drink, I'm open to anything.
posted by ajackson on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

DJ Recommendations in Vancouver

I am getting married this July in Vancouver (BC), and am currently looking for a DJ for the ceremony. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Mar 28, 2011 - 1 answer

Detailed historical account of a Chinese tea ceremony please

What is the historical origin and cultural significance of the Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Feb 26, 2011 - 2 answers

what to say for atheist wedding?

wedding filter: we have our officiant, but what do we want him to say? the catch - we are the most non-religious people ever. halp! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jan 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Wedding reading for Kids

Civil Wedding Readings suitable for kids. [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Dec 14, 2010 - 20 answers

What can a (secular) couple customize in their Catholic wedding ceremony?

We are two very secular people who, for family reasons, are having our wedding ceremony in the Catholic church. What can we do within the restrictions of a Catholic ceremony to make the wedding feel like it's our own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 31 answers

I do, on the beach

Wedding ceremony on a sandy beach, help with logistics. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Nov 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Cheap Wedding in New England?

Cheap weddings in New England? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 4, 2010 - 13 answers

We need a jazz band for a swinging ceremony

Does anybody know of a small jazz ensemble to play our wedding ceremony in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on Feb 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there an egg timer on the registry?

I'm going to marry my friends! In record time! How do I make it meaningful with a five-minute limit? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Dec 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Wedding commitment symbol that is not a ring?

Let's say you want to marry someone, but they don't want a ring. This would be because the person doesn't ever wear rings, not wanting to draw attention to their hands (long story, just know that hand-oriented things are out). What other options are there for a wedding token? Are there cool options from cultures that do not have the wedding ring as part of their history? Any non-hand-based suggestions are welcome.
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 - 38 answers

Any Gothic Churches in Berkeley California?

I am getting married in Berkeley California. Are there any beautiful Gothic churches there for the ceremony? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How much do you pay a Buddhist officiant?

How much should of a donation should we give to the Buddhist temple for our wedding service? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Apr 17, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I put this?

Help me pick out an appropriate reading for my upcoming wedding, something expressing the wish that the love we feel for each other might also serve as a a foundation for a more universal compassion. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Mar 18, 2009 - 10 answers

I guess I do.

The future Mrs. and I don't have a clue as to what we should "preform" for our quite possibly surrealist wedding ceremony. Any suggestions for cynics like us? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Feb 16, 2009 - 13 answers

What are your alternative wedding ceremony ideas?

Help marry us. We need ideas for an alternative wedding ceremony! [more inside]
posted by JuiceBoxHero on Feb 7, 2009 - 24 answers

MatrimonyFilter: Sample wedding ceremony scripts for officiating my best friend's wedding?

I'm about to be the officiate my best friend's wedding (first gig) and I was hoping to find some inspiration for the wedding ceremony. I've known the bride since 5th grade and her husband-to-be since he moved across the country to be with her over 6 years ago. Neither of them is religious, one of them is atheist, but some of family has a strong sense in God. Does anyone have some links to fitting wedding ceremony scripts or a great story from personal experience? They're both fairly silly people, so unconventional is okay.
posted by miasma on Sep 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Making a sand mandala for our wedding

We want to incorporate some sort of sand design into our wedding as an alternative to a unity candle. This would be sort of like a Tibetan sand mandala but nowhere near as complex. How the heck do we go about this? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 30, 2008 - 9 answers

looking for texas wedding venue

I live in Austin Texas and just got engaged. I am trying to find a venue that offers an outdoor ceremony site and an indoor or covered reception area. My budget is no more than 2,000 dollars. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Help us Find a simple Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location in Southern California!

Help us find the right place for small wedding ceremony / reception in Southern California [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jan 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Calling on the four directions?

Anybody got a good source for calling on the four and/or seven directions? It's for a wedding ceremony, and every internet source I've found gives different explanations of what the directions represent. Wedding is this Saturday, I'm officiating. Help! [more inside]
posted by healthyliving on Sep 3, 2007 - 6 answers

With This Blank, I Thee Blank

I'm officiating my younger sister's wedding, and want to find out what they want out of their ceremony. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Aug 30, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me officiate friends wedding

Recommendations and creative ideas for being the officiant at your friends wedding? [more inside]
posted by healthyliving on Jun 21, 2007 - 5 answers

wedding ceremony music for a soprano

What wedding songs (ceremony, not reception) would music lovers here suggest to be sung by a skilled, classically trained soprano accompanied by a not as skilled, works-for-a-small-church pianist? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on May 26, 2007 - 7 answers

What is an appropriate modern love poem for a reading at a wedding?

I've been asked to give a reading at a friend's wedding, so I'm looking for a poem that would be appropriate. Ideally, it should be modern (written after 1900) and sweet, but not sexual, religious, schmaltzy, or emetic. Most suggestions online are variations of Maya Angelou's "Touched By An Angel". I found the previous two AskMe questions on this topic helpful, and I have some ideas, but I'm hoping to generate a few more. [more inside]
posted by painquale on May 14, 2007 - 20 answers

St. Louis Wedding Locale

St Louis Wedding Locations: My fiancee and I are planning on getting married next spring (2008) in the St. Louis area. Neither of us is very religious, so we're looking for recommendations for ceremony locations that are not in a church. Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Jan 28, 2007 - 18 answers

Help my little sister get married in a non-redneck way.

My sister is having trouble finding someone to marry her and her fiance in the Gastonia/Charlotte, North Carolina area. Help! See extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Oct 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Please share your experience with marriage ceremonies that aren't bound by legal contracts

Minor riff on the mixed belief marriage question of earlier:

Has anyone ever participated in a marriage ceremony that had no legal basis? That is, a wedding without a marriage license, the public commitment without the contract law behind it. Your experience and opinions are appreciated.
posted by pieoverdone on Oct 1, 2004 - 12 answers

Does anyone have any experience with self solemnizing a wedding?

Does anyone have any experience with self-solemnizing a wedding? My fiance and I are getting married soon and, since Colorado allows it, we'd like to solemnize our own wedding. Please share experiences and/or opinions, poetry has already been taken care of. Simple, tasteful, non-religious but meaningful is our goal.
posted by m@ on Aug 27, 2004 - 2 answers

Music Before Marriage

Marriagefilter - I (we) got engaged a few weeks ago, and the wedding planning has started. We're frantically searching (our minds, the intraweb) for pre-ceremony songs. Something along the lines of Sarah Mclachlan, something easy for a male and female vocalist. My fiance is even considering a song by Wynonna. Please lend any suggestions; we're brain dead.
posted by tr33hggr on Jul 24, 2004 - 22 answers

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