Planning a wedding isn’t easy. Psychologists deem it higher up the stress scale than getting fired from work. That’s rough! Perhaps one of the reasons why people find all this planning a nightmare is the fixed traditions and wedding etiquette you have to navigate through. Well, you don’t need to worry. As there is a move away from traditional church ceremonies there are loads of more unconventional wedding options. You can pick something that speaks to you as a couple and play with traditional elements. Lots of our couples are choosing to host their wedding ceremony at the venue of their choice. This means they are free to design their ceremony themselves, below are some of our favourite unusual wedding ceremony ideas.

Handfasting ceremony picture

Handfasting Ceremony

This non-religious ceremony idea is great for couples wanting something more unusual. Derived from pagan roots, the premise of this ceremony is to use the symbolic gesture of tying the newlywed’s hands. You can use string, ribbon even jewellery. Perhaps your partner bought you a gorgeous silk scarf you want to incorporate for instance. With unusual ceremonies, there are more ways to make the experience unique. Take a look at Claire & Lee’s unconventional handfasting ceremony at their stunning tipi wedding.

Unusual wedding ceremony photo

Walk Down The Aisle Together

For some, having their partner descend down the aisle all eyes on them is the perfect ceremony moment. For others, it could not be more dread-inspiring! Same-sex couples often choose to walk down the aisle together rather than pick one of the traditional gendered ceremony roles. There is something very freeing about this break from tradition, plus it makes for some awesome wedding pictures. Couples of all genders can have this special moment together on their wedding day.

unique sand wedding ceremony

Sand Ceremony

Another fantastic and unusual ceremony idea is a sand ceremony. You may not have heard of this one before but it is a really creative and beautiful way to tie the knot. The bride and the groom mix two different colours of sand in a glass jar or vase. The sand represents two souls becoming one, pretty romantic! You can even choose your favourite colours for your sand for a unique touch. Plus, you can keep the sand filled jar after the wedding and display it in your home!