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commitment ceremony

While we love weddings, we strongly believe that commitment isn’t always about a legal or religious contract. Commitment ceremonies can range from expressing your commitment before legal marriage, doing a vow renewal after you’re already married, having a polyamorous handfasting to celebrate your ethnically nonmonogamous commitment, or any other sort of non-legally binding ceremony… we’re here to celebrate all of them!

Exchange shoes instead of rings

“Best commitment-ceremony-that-wasn’t-really-a-ceremony ever!”: A commitment ceremony where this one couple exchanged shoes instead of rings.

Our big gay pagan rainbow woodland festival wedding

Wrestle power from the government with this blessing for your nonlegal wedding

I was browsing through Molly and Laurie’s wedding photos and came across an officiant’s blessing that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The couple said their vows in Washington before the state had legalized gay marriage, and their celebrant closed the ceremony with this statement:

The end of marriage as we know it, or: Why I won’t be making it legal

We do not currently live together, we have three cats between us, only one of us (me) has US citizenship, oh and she doesn’t fly… During those many anxious months, we were often asked if we’d get married so that she could immigrate. Every time it came up I had such vehemently negative response. I recognize that at some point I may have to sign papers, because the state has a nasty way of making itself necessary. But I’d prefer not to and I plan to avoid it if at all possible, and here’s why…

What are my options for non-legal commitment ceremonies?

There are many reasons that commited people don’t get legally married — from not being allowed to by law, to just not being comfortable with the concept. We don’t give a shit why you don’t want to make it legal, we just love the fact that you want to celebrate your commitment to to one another. So here are some ways you can throw a non-wedding party…

The most useful post ever written on writing your wedding ceremony!

Wedding Ceremony 101: How to write a wedding ceremony from scratch

This is basically the best post ever written about how to build a wedding ceremony from the ground up.

While there’s a bit of ritual theory, but mostly it’s expert advice about how to structure your wedding ceremony from start to finish, complete with a sample outline.

Monday Montage: poofy pink dresses, babes in white and some silly storm troopers

Welcome to another edition of the Monday Montage. This week we have some fun and froofy pink dresses, ladies in white and some groovin’ groomsmen. P.S. Don’t forget to submit your photos to the pool. If you’re lucky, they might even end up on here.