Reverend C.Knight

Hello, I am Reverend Knight. I became ordained in 2001 expressly for the purpose of serving as a wedding officiant for friends seeking alternatives to traditional church weddings. In 2009 I began planning my own wedding and realized two things quickly, first wedding are expensive, second officiants aren't as common as I'd expected. Even if I'm not the minister for your wedding I hope I can help here with advice and suggestions for your big day.

Libation Ceremony (African Tradition)

Libation is a traditional African ceremony in which water is poured on the ground in the four directions that the wind comes from in remembrance and honor of the couple’s ancestors, calling on them to be present to witness the marriage. Often a family elder does the honors, and guests respond o the blessing with…

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A happy Couple

Welcome to the Tulsa Alternative Ceremonies We specialize in civil, non-denominational, interfaith, and theme weddings.  We also perform renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, hand-fasting, or any other specialized ceremony you might need.  We welcome custom requests, your wedding day should reflect who you are and we’ll do everything we can to give you the ceremony…

Lazo (Latino tradition)

In Guatemala, the couple bind themselves together during the ceremony with a silver rope. Mexican couples perform a similar ritual, where a rosary or white rope is round their shoulders in a figure eight to symbolize their union. While the couple is bound together, the priest may recite the following: “Let’s the union of binding…

Kola nuts (Nigerian Tradition)

Another gift giving tradition, this one originates in Nigeria In Africa, kola nuts represent healing; giving them to each other (often after the vows) is a symbol of the couple’s commitment to work out their differences and support each other through hard times.

Jumping the Broom (African-American Tradition)

An African tribal ritual had couples placing sticks on the ground to symbolize their home together. This may be the origin of the broom jumping tradition, which was popular among among African-American slaves (who could not have official wedding ceremonies); it may also symbolize the sweeping away of evil spirits. The couple holds the broom…

Various Interfaith and Nondenominational Vows

Here are a number of variations on non-denominational, interfaith, and civil vows.  These are a good start to build your ceremony around. 1. I promise, ________, before family and friends, to commit my love to you; to respect your individuality; to be with you through life’s changes; and to nurture and strengthen the love between…

Honey Ceremony (Multifaith tradition)

Honey is a symbol of the sweetness in life. And so, with this dish of honey, we proclaim this day as a day of great joy and celebration – a day to remember – Your Day. We thank you, Allah [or substitute deity name], for creating this divine substance, and ask you to bless it,…

Honey and Walnuts (Greece)

In some of the Greek islands, the wedding ceremony ends with honey and walnuts offered to the bride and groom from silver spoons. Walnuts are chosen because they break into four parts, symbolizing the bride the groom, and their two families.

Homage o the Fire God, Agni (Hindu tradition)

The following is recited over a ceremonial fire: “O Lord Fire, First Created Being! Be thou the over-lord and give food and drink to this household. O Lord Fire, who reigns in richness and vitality over all the worlds, come take your proper seat in his home! Accept the offering made here, protect the one…

Handfasting Traditions

Handfasting (Afrocenric) In some African tribes, the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with cloth or braided grass. To symbolize your own unity, have your officiant or a close friend tie your wrists together with a piece of kente cloth or a strand of cowrie shells (symbols of fertility and prosperity) while affirming…