In meeting with a potential couple recently I was asked "what was the most unique wedding you've officiated?" I had to think a moment...over the course of 9 years and over 300 weddings which were unique?
The first to come to mind was a cold January afternoon at South Shore Park along Lake Michigan. They served warm Mull wine (something I had only heard about in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life".
Another was the visiting room of the Washington County Jail. The groom was incarcerated and was getting ready to transfer to a different facility. The rules at the new facility stated that the prisoner could only receive visits from an immediate family member or SPOUSE. The groom was behind a glass wall and when it came to the kiss, they blew each other one!
I've officiated several weddings on dinner cruises on Lake Michigan and Lake Geneva.. With the permission of the couple I wore a Captain's hat and gave the ceremony a nautical twist. Rather then I do, the response was "ARRRRGG"
But I guess the grand daddy of them all was the couple that asked me to dress as a Star Wars character! They allowed me to write the ceremony and come as any character I wished. I chose Darth Vader and brought my Grandson Demetrius dressed as Yoda. The couple and their guests were thrilled with this very unique & memorable ceremony!
When people ask me "what's the best part of being an Officiant" I always answer it's the people I meet and the families that I have the pleasure of working with.