Every couple is going to remember their wedding day regardless of how they celebrate it. Some opt to tie the knot in a traditional church ceremony followed by a regular roast beef reception and disco. But there are a small selection of brides and grooms who like to mark the occasion with an event that will be special for those around them as well as themselves.
The first thing to consider when planning an unusual wedding is theme. Do you want to organise something that is completely off-the-wall, crazy and unexpected or celebrate with a set-up that is meaningful to you?
For example, it is not unknown for diehard Star Wars fans to don their Jedi robes and large green pointy ears, having the ceremony presided over by none other than Darth Vader. Even the movie Pirates of the Caribbean has sparked a recent barrage of pirate-inspired nuptials, in which walking down the plank is replaced with an aisle.
As getting married is the ultimate plunge for most, it should come as no surprise that some couples choose to go all out and face challenges they would normally not. Justin Bunn and his bride Caroline decided to tie the knot in the sky, strapped to the wings of two British wartime planes. They arranged for the vicar to wing walk on a third plane and were all hooked up by microphones to exchange vows.
Even though some brides and grooms may not be daring enough to go all out and stage a gimmicky wedding, that does not mean they cannot arrive in bizarre style. Bride Maxine Baggarley and her father shunned the usual luxury Rolls-Royce with ribbons to drop them off at the church, opting instead to plough their way to the wedding venue in the digging bucket of a JCB tractor.
This may be an extreme choice, but different companies have built their business on crazy transportation ideas for weddings, from Harley-Davidson motorbikes to silly and over-the-top pink pumpkin carriages a la Katie Price.
Some couples consider getting married as a huge leap of faith, pledging their lives to each other until "death us do part", but Nigel O'Gorman and Emma McCormack from Ireland took that meaning literally when they threw themselves out of a plane while citing their vows.
Or, if those ideas are not wacky enough and some want to lay themselves completely bare by shedding their past lives and embracing a new one together, they could always take that to the literal level by stripping off their clothes and going au naturel.
However, an important thing to be aware of in this case is that public nudity is generally not acceptable, so finding a wedding venue that permits it will have to be the first on the wedding planning list. A good idea would be to marry abroad where naturism is less frowned upon, for example a warm climate location where nudist beaches are the norm.
Coming up with a strange wedding idea is a simple task, but it is important to ensure that the theme is one that suits the personalities involved - otherwise couples could simply end up marking the most important day of their lives with a meaningless gag. And remember: wacky does not have to be tacky.