Theme weddings are growing in popularity; it is just a matter of time when nude will become as common as the Star war themes. Though a lot of people are still unclear of how a nude wedding is different from a regular wedding; the phenomenon isn’t as shocking as many would suspect. Unlike what you see at a nudist resort (where most people are completely in the buff); a nudist wedding is strictly “clothing optional”. This means guests can choose to be dressed as minimally as they are comfortable with.
Some nudist couples tie the knot completely naked some decide to wear their basic undergarments for the ceremony. Most nude weddings incorporate all the elements of a traditional wedding like a few items of traditional wedding attire like a bouquet, veil, garter and shoes for the bride. For the groom it is footwear an/or a hat/necktie. This kind of weddings is different, unusual and legitimate. It is an idea wedding theme for people who are committed to their nudist lifestyle.
The history of nude weddings
The global popularity of nude weddings is not unknown. This type of wedding was first documented in 1942; when a nude wedding ceremony took place in Elysian Fields, California. With the growth of the nudist lifestyle; nude weddings too grew though at a slower rate than the number of devotees it obtained each year. In the U.S. alone, there are over 270 clubs and resorts that are clothes-optional or clothes-free. These places also make the ideal locations as venues for nudist weddings.
A few examples of nude weddings in the past
On February 14, 2003 the world’s largest nude wedding took place in Jamaica; wherein 23 couples were married in the buff at the same time. Though nudism as a lifestyle came into being during the early part of the 20th century; nudist weddings can trace their roots to many centuries before that.
A famous example of such occurrences in the post Industrial Revolution-era lies in the Smock Weddings; that were popular in New England. This was at a time when British Law stated; a women’s possession was transferred to her new husband; this also included all her debts. The same was also applicable for a widow.
To avoid such transference, the smock wedding came into being; wherein a woman would be clothed in her bare minimum during the wedding ceremony. At times, women even chose to sit naked in closets with nothing but their hands being visible through an opening to exchange rings before a priest.
Ever growing popularity
Founded in 1931; the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) has been actively promoting nude recreation and during the 1990s. The industry grew by a staggering 75 percent from $120 million in 1992. Nudist recreation has grown into a $440 million industry as of the end of 2011. This also resulted in an increase in the number of nude weddings.
With the growth of pluralism in global culture, nudist weddings are receiving acceptance as well. Just last year, 20 couples tied the knot in a naked mass wedding in Xinjiekou, China; and it was the first of its kind in the city. Jamaica too has become increasingly popular with nudist couples with a 2003 ceremony witnessing a mass wedding that saw 23 coupled enter wedlock in their birthday suits.
A nudist beach or a nudist colony/resort is a great venue to have a wedding since you wouldn’t be breaking any laws by roaming around in your birthday suit in such a place. If you want a more traditional ceremony, there are also some nudist churches around the world.
However, if you don’t want to go to all these “usual” nudist spots; you can always have a nudist wedding right in your backyard, as long as you’re sure you wont be accidentally flashing unsuspecting neighbors/passers-by or children during the ceremony. Of course, being in the buff, you would want to have your ceremony at a place that doesn’t freeze your nude bum off so a nudist beach next to a nudist resort is probably the best and most hassle free idea.
Though nudist resorts across the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe remain popular venues for nude weddings, it seems like people in a society as conservative as China too are experimenting with clothes-free ceremonies though it will take some time before nude weddings find the same level of acceptance in the Far East as they have found in the West.
Planing a nude wedding on nude beaches is also a great idea. Some of the top nudist beaches around the world include St. Barts’ Saline Beach, Hawaii’s Little Beach, the Praia Do Pinho in Brazil, Florida’s Haulover Beach, the Paradise Beach in Greece and the Samurai Beach in Australia.
Nude weddings have been a part of the nudist lifestyle; and were hidden and unadvertised before the growth of the internet. However, popular sci-fi series Star Trek introduced the concept to a wider audience at the fag end of the 70s. Because of their ability to see the emotions and thoughts of others; Star Trek’s fictional Betazoid culture featured nude weddings as a norm.
Such ceremonies occurred without the taboo element since their society evolved into an open one. Though most people around the world still have their reservations about nudism, the followers of the lifestyle have made the occurrence of nude weddings a more common and everyday phenomenon.
Why you can try a nude nuptial?
Even if you’re not a nudist; a wedding in the buff can be a great, off-beat theme for anyone who thinks the beach wedding has been overdone to death. It is mostly up to the bride and groom to decide whether they want to go complete bare; or have a few items of clothing to protect their modest. Most nude weddings do allow guests to dress according to their level of comfort and will.
Since the nudist lifestyle is all about being comfortable in your own skin, a nudist wedding can be a great way to declare your love of your body and your acceptance of whatever body shape your partner possesses. Also, people would most likely remember a nudist wedding among the swarms of “regular” and “boring” ones; wherein everyone wears all their clothes.
Are nude weddings the future of weddings?
Right from childhood; parents and society teaches girls the importance of looking their best on their big day. From references in popular culture to social reinforcements, everything has built up a wedding to be the single most important day a women can have in her life. We all know that weddings are a multi-dollar global industry. From an early age, women dream of having a designer wedding dress as a part of their wedding.
In comparison to this concept, the nude ceremonies (wherein women wear practically nothing at all) has a big obstacle in it’s path to popularity. However, just like theme weddings, the nude wedding too will remain one of the many off-beat option open to couples who don’t want to follow the rat race and want their wedding day to be more memorable than the ceremonies of their friends and acquaintances.
Nude wedding ceremony saves wedding gown costs
According to Carolyn Hawkins, the nudist-wedding planner based at Florida; if you want to cut down on wedding cost, getting married stark naked is the best way. This reminds us of our aged-old ancestors and gets us to wonder – What would be the experience of a naked wedding ceremony?
Carolyn suggests that instead of spending thousands of dollars on your wedding gown; you can make use of the money for the reception party. Moreover you can also plan up a romantic honeymoon trip.
Well for the wedding guests, she suggests towels, which they will be provided during the ceremony. Hmm! The idea seems to be an outrageous one…let me see who is going to try out this wild wedding idea.