First Recognized Pastafarian Wedding In New Zealand

Published April 17th, 2016 by Bobby Henderson


Congratulations to Toby Ricketts and Marianna Young — their wedding was was the first legally recognized Pastfarian wedding in New Zealand.

The pirate-themed ceremony – on a ship docked in Akaroa before a crowd dressed in full pirate regalia – featured choruses of grunts, colander crowns and pirate-themed puns.

‘Ministeroni’ Karen Martyn, who became the world’s first legal marriage celebrant for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) earlier this year, wedded the couple.

By all appearances it was a huge success. Best of luck to the happy couple and huge thanks to Minister Karen Martyn for the excellent ceremony.

New Zealand is one of the few places in the world that formally recognizes The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a religious organization.

The wedding was well covered in the media. My favorite articles are the one on Stuff.co.nz and the one on the BBC.

One last note: the news has brought out some angry people — I received a number of a nasty emails today, surprising because I don’t understand how a wedding is anyone’s business except the couple’s. This was most definitely not a statement against Christianity, it was a wedding; it was a celebration of love and fun. To the haters, please relax.

Congratulations again to the happy couple.


106 Responses to “First Recognized Pastafarian Wedding In New Zealand”

  1. คาสิโนออนไลน์ says:

    The SSHF is extremely excited to be involved in the Heritage Fairs held throughout the province this year. For the first time in the history of the Fairs, a Sports specific award is being presented to a student during each Regional Fair (Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Swift Current), and at the Provincial Fair held in Regina. We are thrilled about the opportunity for a standalone Sports Award and look forward to involving inductees in the presentation and judging of the awards.

  2. จีคลับ says:

    Our awareness about our own, and others sexual health is lamentable. This is understandable because it is an almost taboo subject, along with many other subjects associated with S E X! If we think that our sex lives are deeply personal, our sexual health issues are even more so.

    • Keith says:

      It’s not taboo over here. Everyone here boasts loudly and continuously about their sex lives. If you haven’t contracted at least one venerial disease then you are not trying hard enough.

  3. cenkkaya photography says:

    Based In: izmir-Turkey
    düğün fotoğrafçısı izmir

    I am a professional photographer specializing in wedding reportage based in izmir.
    I have experience in various regions of Turkey. In love with my job,
    I live every wedding as a new experience,
    always ready to have fun and get excited with the couple in one of the best days of their lives.

    Düğün Fotoğrafçısı Cenk Kaya İzmir Dış mekan düğün fotoğraf çekimlerini tarihi mekanlarda
    ve Alaçatı ‘da yapmaktadır.Düğün günü unutulmaz mutlu anılarımızdan biridir. Bu anılarımızı
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    ile yapacağı düğün hikayesi fotoğraf çekimleri bu mutlu gününüzü unutulmaz kılacaktır.
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  4. Rasputin says:

    I like to argue with Christian fundies on YouTube. I recently wrote that Noah’s Ark couldn’t be true because Noah could not have obtained kangaroos and kiwis from Australia and New Zealand, then taken them back. A Christian has responded, saying kangaroos and kiwis could have floated to and from Mesopotamia on pieces of wood. Go figure.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      That would make Noah redundant, with ocean-going, intercontinental pieces of wood available, including sequoia trees for T-Rex.
      Ask how Noah managed to acquire all of the world’s STDs.

      • Rasputin says:

        In case you’ve never encountered it before, please visit YouTube and search, “Monty Python All Things Dull and Ugly”.

      • Rasputin says:

        Agreed, FB. I don’t know why gob saved the ebola virus.

        • Fat Bastard says:

          I suspect Creationists would claim that ebola, by divine intervention, was mutated from the plague, also sent by their god as a blessing, instilling the gifts of faith and hope in sinful people.

        • Or the HIV and Polio virus.

        • Fat Bastard says:

          fsmguy38, it’s utterly damnable, but, fundamentalists will argue that disease and suffering are god-sent blessings, intended to bring out the best in people. It’s their standard explanation for the existence of ‘evil’, when their god is meant to be caring. I can think off better ways of bringing out the best in people.
          The Noah argument is that he took but a single, harmless, bacterium and virus onto the Ark. All species we have now micro-evolved from them. They don’t want to listen to geneticists who explain why this did not and could not happen.

        • Apprentice Frederic says:

          Rasputin, FB: My father-in-law, a stupid, bigoted Okie preacher if ever there was one, was fond of saying (Mortimer Snerd voice) “God does not send you anything you cannot bear….” So all these arguments are just mistaken, silly nitpicking: famine, war, disease, accidents of birth, dead children, and all the rest of it are just items in God’s moral gymnasium that will make us better and stronger..

        • Fat Bastard says:

          Precisely, AF.
          Fundies just do not get the Anthropic Principle, namely, it is only those who survive the trials of Nature, who are able to comment on them, with their distorted view. Conversely, we never hear the opinions of those who perish and might disagree.
          I do hope that your wife turned out opposite to her father.

        • Apprentice Frederic says:

          FB: Thanks – yes she turned out way better than merely great! But we may be missing the point: Is stupidity a special blessing given to those whom God loves the most???

        • Fat Bastard says:

          Yes, AF, but, it’s called ‘faith’.

    • Apprentice Frederic says:

      Grigorii Yefimovich, speaking of Mesopotamia, I saw somewhere on the telly recently that the “Noah” legend actually started as a Babylonian legend some few centuries earlier. I bet that the Church’s scholars would have interesting things to say further about that….Maybe the (Aardv)Ärk Encounter shows some relevant cuneiform tablets????

      • Fat Bastard says:

        AF, I think you’ll find that nearly every Biblical story has been lifted from older neighbouring cultures’ mythologies. They all had floods, virgin-birth prophets and wandering miracle-doers. Have you ever had a look at The Epic of Gilgamesh?
        Mentioning again Rasputin’s favourite, Levi-Strauss, he tracked the spread of specific myths along trade routes, including in north America, analysing how certain cultures are ‘myth-ready’.

        • Apprentice Frederic says:

          Thanks, FB – fascinating – I knew the name, but none of the story.

  5. Excelsior says:

    Don’t forget the penguins and polar bears. However, the real problem is the stow-aways, The African black man, Asian yellow man, European white man, American Indian red man, etc. Since the flood wiped them all out but they are here today, that means they must have been stow-aways! They could not be descendants of the 8 Jews on the Ark, evolution does not work fast enough!

  6. Rasputin says:

    Please visit the YouTube video, “Bill Nye Destroys Noah’s Ark” and leave some comments.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      Rasputin, the commenters are the same nutters torturing scientific theories and Laws with their own interpretations, and just not listening to the experts in those areas. The problem is, Ken Ham is an idiot and they have faith that the Flood occurred.

  7. Duncan says:

    Congratulations to the couple. I hope they’re marriage is as good as the sauce He created for us is. RAmen.

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