I've recently had to come up with the basic process of a wedding ceremony in my world, and I'm wondering if any of you have had to come up with the particulars of them in your world too. When I was coming up with mine, the first thing I began to realise is that traditional western wedding ceremonies in the real world are rather sexist, what with the father 'giving away' his daughter like a possession to be owned by her soon-to-be husband. Or the simple fact that it's the man who stands at the altar and massive attention is put on the woman in comparison like she's some kind of greater spectacle than the man. Thinking about it leaves something of a bad taste in my mouth. So in my world I have it so that in a wedding ceremony the bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom) both walk up the aisle together, hand in hand, and alone (because seriously, what business do parents actually have getting involved in the wedding?). They get to the altar, where the main (a priest in my world) gives the speech and la-di-da. Then the bride and groom both give their speeches and shit, and whilst they do this they retrieve a 'wedding crown' from the altar and place it onto the other's head. These crowns are commissioned beforehand separately by each person, and can look or be made of anything they want (or can afford). Then the sain guides them each individually through their vows, which are identical to each person. Once they're both done the main says: "In which case, I honourably pronounce you married, in the sight of Saints Umbria and Pardinam, and in the presence of the Human Spirit. You may now embrace, as husband and wife." Then they kiss and embrace and shit, and everyone applauds. They take the crowns home and it's tradition to hang them on the wall over their bed. They also decide between them whose last name they're going to take, his or hers, and live happily ever after (unless they divorce, of course). But yeah, what I really wanted to achieve with this piece of world building is a ... well, a non-sexist wedding ceremony, which fits in with the world I've created as one with a much reduced sense of gender roles.