The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Performs Its First Legal Marriage

The Pastafarian ceremony was held on a pirate ship and the bride wore a colander on her head.

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Toby Ricketts and Marianna Young got married recently on a pirate ship docked in Akaroa, New Zealand -- but this wasn't a regular old pirate ship wedding -- this was the very first legal wedding under the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

New Zealand approved the church to conduct legal marriages in 2015, and is one of the only countries to recognize it as a legitimate religion, The Guardian reported.

Pastafarians, as they're called, founded the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a way to satirize the belief system of American fundamentalist Christians. According to their website, they will accept all those that Evangelists condemn to an afterlife in Hell, like homosexuals, fornicators and atheists. They even offer an alternate afterlife complete with a beer volcano and a stripper factory.

Ricketts and Young weren't planning on marriage, but when the opportunity arose to marry through the Church of the FSM, they felt it was a great opportunity to examine the traditions so often regarded as the only way to get married. The couple and their guests all wore pirate apparel, as is tradition for Pastafarian gatherings, and the bride even wore a colander on her head, which is the official headdress of the church.

The bride and groom exchanged pasta rings during the ceremony, and in his vows, Ricketts included a promise to always salt the water when making spaghetti. Even though the wedding was silly and fun, Young says it was romantic too.

"It just wasn't solemn and serious and expensive like so many ceremonies today. A big dress and getting into debt has never appealed to me, but this did," she told The Guardian.

Luckily, the couple did not have to go into debt for their Pastafarian wedding, which only cost NZ$3,000 ($2,085) in total. A big money saver was the food at the reception, which naturally included lots and lots of pasta.

To see another unusual marriage ritual, check out this epic proposal on a mountain peak.

Top Photo: Flying Spaghetti Monster before Fremont Solstice Parade, Fremont, Seattle, Washington, June 22, 2013