man, I wish I could pay an officiant with art!
we’re doing a fusion ceremony with several cultural and religious influences including a Celtic handfasting as well as a contemporary interpretation of Saptapadi (Seven steps) that will take place later/after the ceremony.
there won’t be a procession or an ‘aisle’ per se, but rather the ceremony space will be circular (from the four compass points & representative of The Way[Taoism]).
I won’t be ‘given away’ or escorted to the altar, and neither will my partner be, we will meet each other there as a half way point, or go together.(eta: my partner just said he wanted to moonwalk down the aisle..I am not sure whether he is serious or joking haha).
No veil, as it is not an arranged marriage & we already live together.
No sit down meal, just a mid afternoon ‘snack'(appetifs, finger foods etc) with a bevy of desserts.
No dance floor and no special dances ie: father/daughter, mother/son etc etc. No DJ [ipod!] or MC, No speeches.
Later in the evening (after the ‘reception’) we will travel to our island by boat and have a celebratory pyre(this is when we will have the Saptapadi ritual), and musical festivities much along the lines of a pagan solstice celebration.
Posed photos will be minimal, and not the traditional brides family/grooms family/attendants stuff.
eta: we will be spending the night before together, and not adhering to superstitions about it being ‘bad luck’ to see each other before the ceremony.
oh and! no tosses [garter/flowers] no flower girl or ring bearer, likely a tea/knee length dress unless I wake up one day having been visited by a dress fairy and find a typical wedding gown in my closet.