Exchange shoes instead of rings #Ceremony Advice#commitment ceremony#shoes#steal-this-idea February 11 2016 | Guest post by Milly Photo by Wild About You Photography Six years ago, I was at a friend's house in high school. I noticed a photo on her fridge of her mother's feet in gorgeous red pointed-toe loafers, and her mother's partner's feet in caramel-colored dress shoes. I wasn't a shoe person at that point, and even I was drooling. I commented on how beautiful the shoes were, and my friend said: Last year he pawned his diamond and gold wedding band [my note: he'd divorced a decade earlier] and bought my mother five pairs of leather shoes made in Italy when he went there for business. When he came back, he presented her with all five pairs — one for each year they'd been together — and asked her to fill out civil partnership paperwork with him. She thought about it for a couple weeks, and said yes by buying him the shoes you see him wearing in the photo. Best commitment-ceremony-that-wasn't-really-a-ceremony ever! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Milly I discovered Offbeat Bride when searching for help for my friend dealing with family drama. (Your advice worked!) PREVIOUS 5 tips for working with a wedding photographer who doesn’t "get" you NEXT Ring warmings and geeky call-outs: 12 ways to include your guests in your ceremony Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] This!! Reply Leave a Reply to Michele Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.