Kerri & Chris' trick-or-treat Halloween military wedding #Real Weddings: Global#autumn#candy buffet#costumes#dress code#europe#military#rock 'n' roll wedding#rock band#top hat#uk October 26 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Aw yeah, it's Halloween week! Get ready for a big helping of tricks and treats with your romance. Today we've got jack-o-lanterns, Royal Navy sailors, and a volcano delaying the dress! Photos by Graham Slocombe The offbeat bride: Kerri, sales assistant (and Tribe member) Her offbeat partner: Chris, Royal Navy Location & date of wedding: Northover Manor, Somerset, UK — October 31, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: We tried to keep everything very simple: no seating plan, no gift list, no first dance, minimal speeches, and a buffet. We made our invites from copies of vintage Halloween postcards and I hand-sewed bunting for decoration. I customised my jewelery and accessories. We booked one of our favourite bands, Zombina and The Skeletones, to play, had apple bobbing outside in the courtyard, and a wandering magician to keep guests entertained. We grew our own pumpkins and asked guests to bring their own jack-o-lanterns as well. Some people left the carving of theirs until they were sat at the dinner table. Tell us about the ceremony: It was an extremely short ceremony with no readings. We wanted to be sure it wasn't too long or boring since they came to see us do the deed. Our ceremony music featured Incubus, Hannah Fury, and Johnny Cash. Our biggest challenge: My dress was the biggest challenge. I found it in a local store and it fit perfectly when it arrived, but it had to be shipped from America. A volcano exploded just as it was due to leave the warehouse, so it was delayed for longer than I care to remember. We also wanted the dress code for guests to be black, which somehow caused a lot of confusion and I was answering queries about it every day for months. My favorite moment: Having my mother give me away. There were a few raised eyebrows when people found out, but she has been the most constant force in my life and I couldn't have imagined not having her as a major part of the whole day. My funniest moment: Just as everyone was finishing dinner, the doors were flung open as children (who we knew) came charging in screaming "trick or treat!" We had no idea it was going to happen. It become a good way to announce that the Halloween candy bar was open. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? I was pretty confident about everything but Chris was a nervous wreck about the band. When the day came and they were running late, there was some mild panic, but it couldn't have turned out any better. They ended up converting a few of our friends into fans. My advice for offbeat brides: Leave yourself plenty of time. It's never too early to start buying bits and pieces, especially if you're handmaking things. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? I've hopefully learned to worry less. I was so nervous about everybody else liking the wedding and enjoying themselves, but the day was really fun. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photographer: Graham Slocombe Cake: Just Scrumptious Flowers: Enchanted Florals Masks: Mad Hatter's Joke Shop Band: Zombina and The Skeletones Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2Fbatwife%2Fsets%2F72157625373400065%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2Fbatwife%2Fsets%2F72157625373400065%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157625373400065&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Three reasons why Titanium Ring Shop will rock your ring fingers NEXT For the zombie "fans" out there Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] That cake is amazing! And I love the pumpkin centerpieces. Congratulations! 1 agrees Reply I am SOOOO jealous you had zombina! I've been listening to them for years! GOOD on your taste in music girl! must've been such a thrill to have such a rad band there! Reply I love your wedding! Reply I love, love, love your wedding!! Makes me wish I had scheduled mine to be in October! Congrats!! Reply You and your husband both look so stunning and happy – congratulations! Your wedding looked like it was so much fun and I'm digging the headpiece. Reply love love love the masks Reply I love the stockings. Gives me ideas. Reply LOVE LOVE LOVE that cake! Reply what an amazing wedding! everything is so perfectly halloween and you look gorgeous in your dress! and how could i not be jealous of zombina playing at your wedding?? congratulations! Reply I'm in love with your dress!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.