This is a real “sermon” which I composed and delivered as part of the wedding ceremony of a young couple in their parents ranch home in rural Oklahoma, before about 60 family and friends. They told me they were spiritual, but not religious, and really loved scientific inquiry. It must have been syncronicity that brought us together for the occasion, as I felt I could let my creative muse run wild with my own eclectic blend of science and holistic philosophy woven together. The flow and structure of the rest of the ceremony was very traditional, but highly integrated and tweaked with global cultural influences and principles of intuitive integrity. It turned out great, and everybody was pleased with the results.
I want my wedding to be outside somewhere. A small wedding, maybe 75 to 100 people(is that a lot?). Dont know about the reception. I’m talking like everything though including the dress and stuff. I want to start my wedding savings fund but I don’t even know how much I should be trying to save. Thanks in advance!
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This site gives an average based on US Zip codes of what couples spent on their weddings. Remember, this is an average, but it’s a good place to start. It’s very helpful. Good luck!
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Hardly a day goes by without someone asking me where can they get married that is different, special, and at a reasonable price. Central Oklahoma is filled with romantic, affordable, memorable places for your wedding site. In the last ten years of performing weddings, I have collected a very long list.
Here are a just few ideas for you to explore that are both romantic, different and affordable:
There are many wonderful City and State parks, call and ask. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that some are actually free or very inexpensive to use for a short, small wedding.
When times are hard, many businesses and buildings sit empty, waiting for someone to put them to good use. You could have your dream wedding in:
There are many universities, junior colleges, and historical sites in this area. Many museums are often open to the public for a small “clean-up” fee or rental price.
Many churches have secondary meeting halls which they will rent for private use.
Ask your favorite restaurant, if during their off hours, they could host your wedding. Even some chain cafeterias and restaurants will be happy to provide a buffet for your guests at a reasonable price.
Senior Citizen groups may be willing to rent out their space during their “down” time. (If you don’t ask, you don’t get.)
If you’re a sports fan, have your wedding in the stands during half-time at the big game! Possibilities here include:
Music lovers, at intermission or before/during/after a performance of your favorite band.
And don’t forget to ask your sweetheart where would be a romantic place to get married! Remember, collaborate as much as possible in the design and planning of the things that will be meaningful to both of you down the road, and that includes the wedding itself.
For some more directions to think in, here are a few venues where I have actually performed unusual and different weddings:
That’s a start. There are so many great places that are too numerous to mention scattered throughout Oklahoma City, Brick Town, Norman, Edmond, Guthrie, Moore and most towns near you. Call the Chamber of Commerce in OKC or your specific area for more ideas. Your only big limitation is not your pocketbook – it’s your imagination.
Now, you use it! Dream, visualize what you want and go hunt for it!