The Weird and Wonderful World of Weddings - Alternative Weddings
Your wedding is meant to be your day, and one of the most important in your life. A big white wedding certainly isn’t for everyone, and today many couples are choosing a wedding far more in tune with their own personalities and interests. Pirates, superheroes, bungee jumping, underwater weddings, you name it, it’s been done! Why not join the couples who have been brave enough to shun the formal wedding and marry in the most memorable way possible?! Here are some examples to get you inspired:
- Last July, Sharon Wetherell and Neil Vaughan of Devon, England, tied the knot while dressed as their favourite superheroes. As the Wonder Woman theme music played, Wetherell, 40, made her entrance at the ceremony wearing blue hot pants, a red corset, boots, tiara and a veil, while the groom dressed as Batman. The couple’s friends and family also dressed as superheroes, including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Robin, Poison Ivy, Lara Croft, and the Joker. Holy matrimony Batman!
- Tracey and Vivian Williams, from Wales, tied the knot in last May by dressing up as two of their favourite movie characters: the green ogres Shrek and Princess Fiona. Tracey, 33, said the themed wedding idea suited her and her new husband perfectly. The couple saw “Shrek” on their first date and have been huge fans ever since. To prepare for their wedding ceremony the couple covered themselves in green body paint and fixed fake green ears to the tops of their heads. Tracey also wore a bright red wig to complete the Princess Fiona look.
- An Iowa couple who love bowhunting wore camouflage to blend in with the wooded backdrop at their treetop wedding. Kim Silver, 42, dressed in a custom designed silk gown made by camouflage specialists Mossy Oak, while her 61-year-old groom, Marvin Hunter, dressed in camouflage shirt and pants. Silver said the pair hunt together so much that their treetop hunting platform wedding "just seemed like the right thing to do."
- A Southern California couple wed in front of more than 100 guests at a Home Depot store where they work. The wedding party for Carolyn Weatherly, 56, and Audwin Mosby, 55, marched down an aisle of light bulbs and paint to the outdoor garden section. A wedding stage had been built for the couple from the store’s lumber and supplies. The bride said the store is like a second home and her colleagues are like family.
- Voodoo Doughnut, in Portland, Oregon, has an entire menu dedicated to wedding services. It includes a variety of matrimonial options to suit different budgets, such as the “Legal Voodoo Wedding” package for $200, which includes a wedding ceremony, coffee and doughnuts for 24 people, a 700-square-foot chapel, free parking, and a doughnut centerpiece. So far the two Voodoo Doughnut locations have married off more than 300 couples!
- Jack Frankel, 75, and Fina Nikolos, 67, met in May 2009 at a supermarket in Coral Springs, Florida. It had been raining heavily and Fina offered to walk Jack to his car with an umbrella. He later thanked her by taking her out to lunch. In January 2010, the two returned to the same place where their love began for a small wedding ceremony in the store's cafe. About 40 guests attended the ceremony, and store employees and customers looked on and applauded.