so i'm looking for input on what types of weddings people have had, been to, heard of, etc, that are out of the usual mainstream style. why? well some background. while i'm not planning on getting married in the immediate future, i am looking forward to marrying my current girlfriend at some point, and one of the things we've thought of and discussed is our different approaches to weddings... i am a somewhat religious catholic from a very religious family. i don't feel the "need" to have a catholic wedding per se, but i very much want to show that i feel god has a hand in our relationship, etc. i also am realistic in my acceptance of how important god/the church is to my mom in particular, and how that will affect a wedding of mine. my girlfriend is not religious at all, had bad experiences as a kid and such with her lutheran church. she doesn't feel the need to have a church wedding, though she is not opposed to it as she realizes it's important to me. she's cool like that. however, she wants to have at least part of it as a more non-religious thing... so i was wondering if people had ever experienced some sort of hybrid religious/civil wedding at all? and the details of it... on the one hand, it makes sense to be married in a catholic church because that's the religion i follow most closely, but on the other hand there's a lot of traditional elements that don't matter to me, but that i'm not sure one can just cut out of a church ceremony. anyways, just putting out a call for ideas and see what people have experienced to draw upon in future discussions of the matter with her.