Humour at Weddings

Apr 3, 2018
civil celebrant wedding - handfasting ritual

It may sound a bit bizarre that I am writing about humour at weddings. However, ceremonies like these don’t have to be solemn all the time. That’s not to say that there aren’t parts that probably should be.

Apart from making the atmosphere lighter, humour can cause the ceremony to be more personal and memorable. (Incidentally, I’m referring to intentional humour here!)

Of course, the celebrant can contribute with touches of wit (as long as he accepts that the ceremony is not a stand-up routine!). But the point is that the whole event is actually about the couple up there with him.

One area where the bride and groom can show their individuality and humour is the vows. Instead of – or in addition to – traditional vows, the couple can write their own.

These are public declarations, so should be primarily serious and sincere. However, the dose can be lightened with a spot of humour. This will help reveal the personality of the pair.

You don’t have to write masses (in fact, less is good). Quite often, the vows can be promises. Some will say what you will do; others what you won’t do. Season with a little humour.

What about a few examples of humour?

Groom: I promise not to leave my empty beer cans in the lounge overnight. I promise not to go out to the pub every night. Not every night.

Bride: I promise to learn to cook at least two different dishes by the end of next year.

Groom: I promise not to leave my shoes all over the hallway. I even promise to take my shoes off when I come in …

Bride: I promise to wait until after the wedding day to tell you what I think of those shoes.

Groom: I promise to ask a passer-by the way, if I get lost.

Bride: I promise we won’t see my parents excessively. Of course, they may visit us the weekend we’re not with them.

Groom: I promise not to clean my football boots in front of the television. I promise not to keep the take-away in business single-handed.

Bride: I promise  not to cancel the Sky Sports subscription without at least a day’s warning.

Groom: I promise to allow you to go shopping at least once when we’re on holiday.

Bride: I promise to make you proud of me by buying a lovely new handbag every month or two.

Groom: I promise to look interested when you tell me about your day.

Bride: I promise to care for you tenderly if your illness is neither man-flu nor hangover-related.

You can work individually or together when writing your vows. The effects may be fascinating!

So don’t go thinking that humour is out of place at a major ceremony. It is if the humour is insulting, offensive or derogatory. Otherwise, be prepared to use it judiciously, and your ceremony may well stand out even more.

For more advice, please contact Michael