Rae & Nate's DIY, Potluck, Gun Club wedding

By on Jun. 29th

The Offbeat Bride: Rae, Graphic Artist

Her Offbeat Partner: Nate

Location & date of wedding: Ridge and Valley Gun Club, Coopersburg PA — the wedding was 2/2/09 & the party was on 5/16/09

What made our wedding offbeat: Money was a complete issue for our wedding, so we decided early on that we wanted to get married ourselves and have a party for our families on another date. We went to the local judge's house where he performed the marriage in his living room. It was something that I will never forget!

Our party was set to be held at a Gun Club that was important to me because I had hosted a few band concerts there and I knew that I would get a good price. My husband and I set out to make absolutely everything we could for our wedding party. I handmade our favor boxes, all of the hanging decorations and all of the table decorations were arranged by us as well. I made paper oragami flowers for inside the bird centerpieces and Nate ironed and folded all of the napkins.

My favorite decorations were the old steam bleached branches we placed inside of mason jars on the tables. They came from a place in Pennsylvania called Centralia where an underground coal fire has been burning for decades. We took a trip out to see the smoke rising from the ground and as soon as I saw the bleached branches i knew we needed to have them!

The tables with the branch centerpieces & the fabulous potluck spread in the background!

The tables with the branch centerpieces & the fabulous potluck spread in the background!

We also played our own ipod, took our own pics and we asked each guest to bring their favorite dish to our pot-luck party! We embossed our own invites and Nates Aunt made us a wonderful mushroom cake!!

3545151113_97f1acfe47_oOur biggest challenge: Our biggest challenges were hand making everything in time for the party (including all the invitations that I hand embossed/glued/printed/punched), MONEY, and making sure all of our family could come since they are spread across the US.

My favorite moment: My favorite moment was when my friends decided to hold a race! Two of them decided to race down to another friend who was holding two glasses of wine chug them both and run back.

I'm easy to please.

My advice for other offbeat brides: My advice would be to allow yourself enough time to hand make everything before the party. Make sure you have a plan for when the cake gets cut (we didn't and it was awkward). Dont try to please everyone because you can't. Do whatever you want to do to make YOU happy on your special day and enjoy your family.

Enough talk — show me the pot-luck wedding porn:


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