Kelly & Chris' 8-bit video game wedding

By on Aug. 18th

The offbeat bride: Kelly, Game Designer

Her offbeat partner: Chris, Web Developer

Date and location of wedding: Phoenixville Foundry in Phoenixville, PA — April 2, 2011

What made our wedding offbeat: Since we both love video games, we made it an "8-bit" wedding. The biggest non-traditional undertaking was the centerpieces, each of which was a giant Lego sphere constructed by the wedding party. We used about 30,000 Lego bricks in all. All our decor and invites were "pixellated" — no curves allowed!


We also had Rock Band and Super Mario Kart going, and topped the whole thing off with a self-serve ice cream bar.


While we definitely didn't have a budget affair, we saved on the stuff we didn't care about, and splurged on what we did. We picked an upscale baker, and I got my dress for $100 during a Lord and Taylor online sale. In lieu of a veil, I got a cute white fascinator from Etsy.


Tell us about the ceremony: We had a pretty traditional Catholic ceremony. The priest was a family friend, and I think it was the fastest Catholic wedding I've ever seen.


Our biggest challenge: The Legos! Oh my god. The design I came up with was a huge pain to build. We recruited the wedding party and had an all-day Lego building party. Each sphere took six to eight hours to complete, and by the end of the day we were beat. Amazingly, almost all of them made it to the reception site unscathed. There was only a tiny bit of last-minute Lego repair.


Place cards

My funniest moment: During the father/daughter dance, my uncle jumped up and cut in! I think my dad really appreciated it though since he doesn't dance much.

…uncle dance?

Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? I was really worried about Rock Band — I wasn't sure how we were going to pull that off. And to top it off, right before the reception, our projector blew. Our amazing friends ran out to Staples to get a new one. I was super worried about the sound because we were having that in addition to the DJ. I thought it was going to be cacophony. But we set up Rock Band off to the side, next to a partial wall and it did an amazing job of separating the sound — there was almost no bleed! The dancers could dance all night and the rockers could rock out without any interruptions.

Drum Machine

Rock Band

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Relax. These people are your friends. Anything that's not perfect they won't care, and anything that goes really wrong they'll help you fix. They're your friends for a reason!

First Dance


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Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

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