There are some alternative, traditional and unique optional ceremony elements you can consider including in your secular wedding. Thanks to many of the couples I have worked with in the past, the suggestions here have successfully been incorporated into weddings, and could work for you, too. The exact wording can be changed, as with all of my sample text. Click the headings to read more.
Unplugged Statement – Before we begin, please be sure to turn off or silence your phones, and put away your cameras for the duration of the ceremony. We hope you’ll enjoy the ceremony without the interruption of cameras and phones. They promise to share their photographer’s photos with all of you later. Thank you for your understanding.
Breaking Glass – In a minute, you will see NAME break a glass. This tradition comes at the end of a wedding ceremony and reminds us that love, like glass, is fragile and must be protected. Some might also say this will be the last time NAME ever gets to put his foot down. After the glass is broken we’ll all cheer “Mazel tov!”, which means “good fortune” and is the equivalent of “Congratulations!” May your marriage last as long as it would take to repair the glass!
Commitment as Parents & Blended Family – “You are committing yourselves to being parents, together, to both of your children.”
Celtic Bell of Truce– “Bells have long been associated with weddings as their joyous tones announce good tidings and are said to bring good luck.”
Family Support– “The union of … brings together two separate people, but it also brings together their families, friends and loved ones.”