Choreograph a sword fight instead of a first dance

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Photo from A Scotland wedding with an electric blue gown and a sword fight by Archibald Photography

I know there are several among the Offbeat Empire who are super into swords. I also know that quite a few of you aren't that enthused about having a first dance. Tamsyn and Jamie felt the same way. Instead of learning to tango, they went old-school Hollywood and choreographed a first sword fight!

Now Tamsyn used to fence internationally, but I can appreciate that some of you might not have épée lying around. Never fear! Thoroughly entertain your guests (and don't be afraid of, you know, actually hitting each other) with foam swords! Bonus points for scripted medieval dialogue or a few well-timed, pirate-y ARRRs!

And if you have a couple spare lightsabers just lying around… well. I can't think of any better use for them than your first sword fight as a happily married couple.

Thanks to N Marshall for uploading this epic battle to our Offbeat Bride Flickr pool!
  1. I love this, and have friends who have done similar "first fights" with great success. If this idea tickles your fancy, and you and/or your intended need to brush up on your swordplay, I suggest looking in your area for theatrical fight choreographers and ask what they would charge to work with you. (Need a listing? Check out or contact local theaters, playhouses, and University theater departments for referrals). I know that I, and many of my colleagues, would be delighted to work with you to make sure that your first "fight" as a married couple is safe (as well as exciting!) for you as well as your guests.

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    • As a member of the SAFD, I am so happy that you pointed out the very people who can help you make a safe, exciting and safe (did I mention safe?) first fight! 🙂

      And also as a SAFD member…yeah. Should I get married, we'll be having a first fight.

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  2. this! this is exactly what we will be doing AS WELL as our first dance. I can't wait to see everyone's faces!

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  3. And if you are in Canada, is a great place to find choreographers for such fun here.

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  4. My husband and I (Both being Stage Combatants) did this for our wedding last year. The guests loved it! It was a lot of fun to choreograph too!

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  5. My husband and I did a first dance, but when we were taking pictures before the ceremony, we made sure to take some using his saber (he was in full Army dress uniform, including that accessory) as a prop. We had one shot with me holding it and fending off all his groomsmen, who were looking terrified and cringing away from me, and we had one of him holding it with all my bridesmaids hiding behind him like he was defending them from some monster!

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