Maria & Daniel's snowed-in gothic burlesque wedding #Real Weddings: Global#black dress#brides in glasses#europe#goth#iphone#live stream#plus size#tattooed bride#uk#winter December 19 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride With the holidays upon us, we are focusing on the snowiest and most cheerful parties of the season. Cuddle up with some cocoa and enjoy these winter-themed weddings. Photos by Ezee Wedding Photos The Offbeat Bride: Maria, transport operator Her offbeat partner: Daniel, enterprise architect Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Manchester Christmas Markets and reception at Stockport Masonic Guild Hall — December 18, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: From the outset, our wedding was never going to be traditional as we aren't a particularly traditional couple. We like metal music, gaming (especially Black Ops), and having an alternative lifestyle. This was reflected very much in a lot of choices for the day. Examples of this would be: No dress code for guests or wedding party A black gothic wedding dress, a rabbit skull fascinator, Doc Marten boots, and a bouquet of silk red and black PVC roses within black feathers A semi 1920s ringmaster-style suit for the groom (with snake-headed cane) The Tim Burton-themed cake Daniel's band making a tremendous racket at the reception Our friends who perform burlesque provided their entertainment, including glass walking. We ended the night with drunken karaoke, which finished off the entertainment for better or for worse, depending on your ears. Our friend Mark made beautiful invites which parodied us as sugar skull characters. Tell us about the ceremony: We wanted the ceremony to be personal to us and not just the standard vows that are required by law. We included Call of Duty, sharing the PS3 controller, warming the house before I come home, and feeding the groom (who can't cook!). There was a lot of laughter. I walked down the aisle to Machine Head and we walked back up the aisle to the Batman Returns finale. The ceremony was broadcasted online (via ustream) from a laptop. Over 45 guests were able to watch the ceremony (and hear it!) including my mother, who was too unwell to attend in person. Our biggest challenge: We lost two out of three bridesmaids 24 hours before the wedding due to personal issues. We asked some good friends to step in and they did an amazing job. Our next biggest challenge was heavy snow, which kept over 60% of our guests away as they were snowed into their homes! Our wedding was besieged with several metres two days prior. We moved the reception to the smaller of two rooms on the day, and this meant the guests who could make it had a more intimate experience. The rest were able to watch via the live stream. My funniest moment: Walking down the aisle to our song: "Imperium" by Machine Head. It started very quietly and our unprepared guests were not expecting huge, distorted guitars to kick in as the bride was halfway down the aisle. Also, during our vows, we pulled out iPhones (mine was in my cleavage!) to read our personal vows. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Don't worry near the day about the little things. They are the little things and only you will actually notice them. Don't let that cloud your mind and make you forget the reason for the day itself. Make sure your third-party vendors have written down what their service is and what they are providing. Our limo company changed our arrangements on the day which caused major problems after the ceremony. Whatever your budget is, add 10%! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Cake: The Icing on the Cake Fascinator: Amore Demori Dress: Gothic Wedding Dresses Chocolate fountain: Chocolate Fountain Manchester Hair and makeup: Nylaam Breen Bouquet: Gothic Wedding Flowers Photographer: Ezee Wedding Photos Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F57440572%40N07%2Fsets%2F72157628303565631%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F57440572%40N07%2Fsets%2F72157628303565631%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157628303565631&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 3 reasons offbeat couples LOVE Brooklyn's De Nueva Photography NEXT Major fashion color and a fair bit of winter Show/Hide comments [ 19 ] Your cake looks too pretty to eat! And your dress is really gorgeous. Congratulations! 1 agrees Reply Thank you, we didn't want to cut into it either , but it was certainly worth it when we did Reply "Whatever your budget is, add 10%!" This may be some of the most sensible advice ever. Congratulations on your wonderful wedding – you looked beautiful. 2 agree Reply That is so sweet that you broadcasted it live for your mom. 2 agree Reply What a cool wedding; love the style and the wintery setting. Looks like they have a lot of stylish friends too! Reply wedding Docs! Ustream! couple after my own heart, there <3 Reply Maria – I still have the beetle juice from the above cake!!! 😉 xx Reply Aw that's awesome we still have the topper and jack and Sally – keep meaning to varnish them Reply I was there in the photos and it was a wonderful if not cold and icy day! Maria looked beautiful and Dan looked dapper in his suit and top hat… I was trying to hold back the tears during the vows and it was such a wonderfully romantic day. Maria and Dan make the most fantastic couple and I wish them all the happiness in the world xxxx Reply Love love love the Beetlejuice cake and the black wedding gown!! Yay for black wedding gowns! Congratulations and best wishes to beautiful and happy couple. Reply ^^^this. Reply Oh wow, this is gorgeous! The iPhone comment made me giggle out loud 😛 Reply lol, that's awesome. My husband also read his vows off his iPhone! Reply I love the idea of using iphones for the vows. We're iphone nerds, we've joked about tweeting during the ceremony, so that would work well! Reply Yay Manchester! So nice to see an offbeat bride in North West England! 😀 2 agree Reply This entire wedding is amazing. Maria, you look absolutely phenonmenal. Massive congratulations! Reply Awesome, awesome wedding! Live-streaming – what a brilliant idea, and one I'll have to nab, if you don't mind. And wedding vows on the iPhone just made me chuckle out loud. There's nothing not to like about this wedding! Reply A brilliant couple and a fabulous day. All our best wishes. PS, I went as 'aged, jaded hippy. Reply absolutely beautiful!!! you both look stunning, congrats! xoxo Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail 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.