Unique Wedding Rituals for Non-Traditional Couples

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and it's only natural that you want it to be a reflection of your unique personalities and interests. While  wedding rituals, like the lighting of the unity candle or doing a sand ceremony, may hold a special place in many couples' hearts, they might not resonate with everyone.

For those looking for something different, offbeat wedding rituals can be a fun and memorable way to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. Below you'll find creative wedding rituals that are perfect for non-traditional couples, or you can check out Provenance's Rituals and Readings library for 300+ other non-religious and religious ideas.

The Unity Sandwich

For couples who love to eat, the unity sandwich is a playful take on the traditional unity candle ceremony. Instead of lighting a candle, the couple shares a sandwich, symbolizing their unity and commitment to nourishing each other.

To perform this ritual, the couple selects their favorite sandwich filling and assembles the sandwich together during the ceremony. They can then take turns taking bites out of the sandwich or share it with each other, symbolizing their commitment to sharing their lives and sustaining each other.

The Briggs-Rauscher Chemical Reaction

For science-loving couples, the Briggs-Rauscher chemical reaction is a unique way to symbolize the start of a new life together. This reaction produces a striking color change from clear to blue to yellow and back again, symbolizing the ups and downs of life and the couple's commitment to each other through it all.

To perform this ritual, the couple sets up the reaction during the ceremony. They can then pour the solution into a clear glass and watch as it changes color, symbolizing the start of their new life together.

The Unity Shot

For couples who love to party, the unity shot is a great way to close the ceremony and symbolize the start of a new adventure together. In this ritual, the couple takes a shot together, symbolizing their unity and commitment to enjoying life's adventures together.

To perform this ritual, the couple selects their favorite shot and pours it into two shot glasses. They can then take the shot together or pour it into each other's mouths, symbolizing their commitment to sharing all of life's experiences together.


Q: Are these offbeat wedding rituals appropriate for all types of weddings?

A: These rituals are best suited for non-traditional weddings where the couple wants to incorporate their unique personalities and interests into the ceremony.

Q: Can these rituals be combined with traditional wedding rituals?

A: Yes, these rituals can be combined with traditional wedding rituals to create a personalized and meaningful ceremony.

Q: Where can I find more offbeat wedding ritual ideas?A: Websites like Provenance.co offer a suite of digital tools to help couples and their officiants design meaningful and personalized wedding ceremonies, vows, and toasts.

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