zikki wedding headcanons under the cut 🥰
i've spent a long time thinking about whether rikki and zane would be the type to marry, and ultimately landed on 'yes.' rikki is a rebel by nature but craves stability and normalcy overall (see: her going to the investment seminar to get some security) and is a closet sappy romantic (see: her entire relationship with zane). even though neither rikki nor zane had a normal childhood they adore one another and want to spend their lives together. they deserve to have some normal things, yk?
that said, rikki chose to eschew some of the traditions like having her dad walk her down the aisle or taking zane's last name. rikki walks down the aisle alone, and a few years after the wedding they decide together to double barrel their names. she definitely went by tradition by shoving wedding cake into his face during the reception though
zane proposes with a modest ruby ring with a diamond and sapphire on either side, to represent the importance of her relationship with cleo and emma. my guy knows how much they mean to her, that if you buy one you get the other two for free, and totally asked them for their blessing in advance of popping the question. zane decorates the moon pool with lights and candles and proposes to her there (of course, cleo and emma and lewis are standing by the entrance not-so-discreetly watching the whole time). for the actual ceremony rikki uses her powers to custom smelt their wedding rings 🥺
initially zane's dad wanted to pay for a big white wedding with a mile-long guest list to impress his many business partners. after all, harrison had been invited to dozens of such weddings in the past and felt obligated to return the favour when his own child's time came. after a lot of arguing they reached a compromise: a larger wedding would be held with a hundred or so guests which harrison would pay for, but there would also be a small ceremony that took place on mako island just for rikki and zane and family. rikki's dad also kicks up a bit of a fuss and insists on paying for the smaller ceremony. rikki never thought she'd get to have one wedding, let alone two. she loathes the thought of all the attention but knows that marrying zane means marrying into his crazy rich family whose traditions she may never fully understand
nate goes online to get ordained and officiates the ceremony. he is also zane's best man. rikki couldn't possibly pick between the girls to be her maid of honour, so she made them all bridesmaids and chose lewis as her maid of honour
the larger of the two ceremonies takes place at the beach on the mainland, with the reception at that fancy hotel from the investment seminar in season one. rikki eventually gets tired of rubbing shoulders with the myriad of guests just after 10pm and hides out on the roof. zane comes to find her and they stay up there together for the rest of the night, talking and laughing and enjoying being truly alone together. they have the best view for the fireworks, too
rikki has to be talked down from wearing a black dress, and then a red dress, by cleo and emma. eventually they convince her to try on a white dress and she finds herself surprised by how much she likes it. you can, however, pry her ruby locket from her cold, dead hands. the girls wear bridesmaids dresses which correspond to their respective theme colours
zane has some pre-wedding jitters and is mildly freaking out about standing up in front of hundreds of people to profess eternal love. rikki goes against tradition and finds him right before the ceremony. she tells him just to look at her and pretend she's a painting, or something he admires. he calms down pretty quickly after that
charlotte and her girlfriend/partner/wife are invited to the bigger of the two ceremonies. she exchanges pleasantries with the girls and lewis, and congratulates rikki and zane. she talks to max and finally meets miss chatham, who whisks her away to reminisce about her grandma gracie. charlotte then leaves early to go home with her girlfriend/partner/wife feeling lighter than ever before
lewis is the first one to break down crying at the ceremony, followed by nate during his officiating. zane eventually starts to cry too, as do rikki and the girls. rikki's dad holds it together pretty well until his speech during the reception. zane's dad remains relatively stoic but i think quietly sheds a few tears alone away from the crowd
nate spends most of the reception trying to hit on miriam, then moves on to tiffany. no matter how byron tries to explain, he cannot wrap his head around the fact that miriam and tiffany are married. eventually wilfred manages to get through to him, but only just barely
rikki initially wanted to name the tables at the reception after animal species that would have been decimated had she not foiled harrison's plans to develop mako. eventually zane talks her out of it and they agree to name the tables after things which have significance in their relationship, like 'ice cream,' 'pink mp3 player,' 'red dress,' 'tibetan statue,' 'motorbike,' 'barbecue' etc.
lewis catches the bouquet. he was nowhere near the bouquet toss when rikki threw it
rikki's dad, zane's dad, nate, lewis, emma, and cleo all make speeches. cleo is sure to insert a private joke of her last time attempting to make a speech to a crowd of rich people. while rikki thinks it's hilarious and laughs so hard her champagne comes out her nose. the other guests don't quite have the same reaction
the smaller wedding on mako island is a much more relaxed affair. it takes place on the beach as the sun goes down with just rikki, zane, their dads, the girls, lewis, nate, cleo's parents and emma's too. the girls organized finger food, and they all sit together on the sand eating and drinking as the moon rises. there are fire torches and lewis sets up a sound system and everyone dances together. nate takes out his guitar later on and they all sing old songs around the fire, telling increasingly embarrassing stories about one another. even harrison eventually admits it's a lot more fun than the big ceremony he put together before taking the parents back to the mainland on his bougie yacht. the rest stay behind on mako island talking till the sun comes up