According to the Roper Organization, some 54 million Americans have skinny-dipped with members of the opposite sex. There are over 270 clubs and resorts in the United States catering to nudists and naturists. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2003 that nude recreation in the United States has become a $400 million business.
Rustic nudist colonies are a thing of the past, as are the embarrassment that often came with proclaiming oneself a nudist. These days, international travelers see that the world is more than willing to embrace the benefits of nude living and recreation.
Many nudists, however, cannot accomplish one of their major life goals in the nude – their own wedding. Although many of us wish to get married sans clothing, there are few places that can accommodate our wishes. At least that is what the common belief has been.
When my wife and I got married, we wanted to have a nude ceremony. We chose to tie the knot at a resort in Jamaica that had tremendous facilities for nudists. When we arrived at the resort, however, we were told that the ceremony had to take place on the clothed, or textile, part of the resort. Although we were disappointed, many of our friends, wearing no more than towels, joined us as we became man and wife.
Fast forward a few years and I find myself living and working in Florida. I also find out that in Florida, notaries can perform wedding ceremonies. I wish I had known that years ago. Now, all of a sudden, things have changed. Would it be possible to find a notary to perform a nude wedding? A nude wedding, performed by a competent, experienced Florida notary public should be extremely affordable. You just have to keep searching until you find one.
Nude weddings should cost just $20 for a true nude notary to officiate. Instead of spending $500 to $6000 or more on a dress, the cost of wedding apparel in a nude wedding is $0.
If you measure American culture by what we watch on television, you would imagine every woman to be a Bridezilla, spending thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars for a dress that will only be worn one time. I suggest that people at least explore the possibility of getting married in the nude. We now know that any Florida notary can perform a wedding. The cost should be just $20. Save your clothing money and spend it on your honeymoon, donate it to Habitat for Humanity or a local food bank, or make a down payment on a house. Join the millions of Americans who have enjoyed nude recreation and make your wedding day one that is meaningful for you.
copyright 2006 by Marc Seligman, Ed.D.