Have you ever attended a non traditional/non-religious wedding, if so, how was it compared to traditional weddings you have been to.
Had a couple of those. First one was in a park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The "cleric" who conducted the "service" was actually a co-worker of mine, and claimed to be an ordained Eucharistic Catholic priest. Who was also identity conflicted. I heard later on that he had become a she; I guess that either he had to leave the church, or become a nun.
The other instance was wife #2. We got married in a western style, quasi-civil ceremony at the Ponderosa Ranch outside of Reno, NV. That was interesting. FYI, for you younger folks, the Ponderosa Ranch was where the main characters from the 1960's TV Western BONANZA lived.
I've never been to a non-traditional/non-religious wedding. I live in North Carolina where there are a BUNCH of religious people, so everyone I know that I've been invited to their wedding, its always been traditional with a religious element.
When I was married we had two weddings. One was non-religious by a Justice of the Peace, and the other by a "quack" (rabbi). My wife was a Jewish doctor from Europe. We had two children and we decided to leave the marriage after almost 20 years. I can tell you the non-religious one was the better of the two. Not perfect, but better.
I have not yet but we have a secular humanist celebrant (certified by the AHA) in our group and I have heard about her service and she is very good. That would be the kind of service I would want were I to marry again. I definitely want a secular funeral or memorial service and I've told my daughters and I believe they will respect my wishes.
Oh, our celebrate, being certified, had to take a number of classes provided by the American Humanist Association in order to get her certification so she is legally allowed to marry people, officiate at baby naming ceremonies and at funerals as well as weddings. Hope this helped a little.
The most non traditional wedding I ever attended was literally conducted in a library and done in 90 seconds.
When it comes to the CEREMONY of marriage, it's been my experience that they're pretty much the same, minus religious language in an atheistic ceremony.
I've gone to a bunch of very non-traditional weddings, and most of them were a blast. My best friend growing up asked me to be his best man at a "gay?" wedding. I say gay? because his bride was trans and as far as I knew he was straight but he fell in love with her, and it's been six years of happy bliss for them.