Need examples of "Alternative"?





To break it down even a little further, over the years, we have found that couples basically belong to one of two different categories with reference to needing alternative or
non-traditional wedding services. The first category* consists of those couples who look at the bride's magazines and etiquette books and think, "That's not really us." These couples are usually looking
for a wedding ceremony that: is more personalized, and in many cases, is less
cookie-cutter than most traditional weddings

Includes only those elements, readings, music, and so forth, that are meaningful to them and doesn't include anything they do not feel reflects their personalities or beliefs

Doesn't insist that they stand a particular way (e.g., with their backs to their guest), enter a certain way or that their guests sit a particular way (e.g., bride's family on one side groom's family on the other) and doesn't dictate that there can only be men in the groom's party and women in the bride's party

Allows them to dress the way they feel is most representative of their life and love (i.e., do not feel pressured to wear the traditional white gown and black tux)

Probably does not include the father "giving" the bride away but more likely includes the couple coming with their families' blessing

Can take place anywhere (within reason and legal boundaries) such as out-of-doors, at a Victorian B&B or on a mystery train. Similarly, may be a theme wedding, such as a Renaissance or Western wedding (or for the more daring, a Star Wars or Pirate wedding!)

Is spiritual without necessarily being religious or is humanist, non-denominational,
or civil.






The second category* consists of couples who might want a more traditional wedding, but may themselves be considered alternative or non-traditional. Often, these couples do not belong to a community church or house of worship, or because of policy, are not allowed to hold their wedding there. Couples in this category could include:
Native American Wedding couples from two different faiths (i.e., religions) or cultures,
(for example: one partner may be Catholic and the other Jewish, or one may be Hispanic a
nd the other African-American, etc.)
Couples from alternative faiths (e.g., pagans, etc.)
Same-sex couples
Couples wanting an engagement ceremony or commitment ceremony without a signed marriage license
Second weddings for one or both partners. These ceremonies may or may not include children from previous marriages..