The offbeat bride: Corinne, Researcher
Her offbeat partner: Mike, Office Manager
Date and location of wedding: The Regal Ballroom in Philadelphia, PA — October 22, 2011
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We had our friend marry us, there was no garter or bouquet toss, no line dances, no limos, and no real flowers. We wanted to make it fairly cheap because we needed to pay for it on our own.
I love to craft, so I made most things that I could, including the save-the-dates, invitations, ceremony cards, centerpieces, headpiece, my necklace, and the bouquets. We didn't have a real "theme" to our wedding, we just added a little bit of everything we love.
The ceremony and reception were in the same building, an old Regal movie theater, since Mike and I are big movie buffs. The place cards we made were film reels, and each table name was a name of a movie we both love with accompanying quote. For example, the Wayne's World table had this quote: "Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries." The quotes meant a lot because that was how we started to get to know each other.
I had a lot of fun DIYing elements of the wedding. I worked until the day before, when I finished the bouquets and made all the boutonnieres (or "BATonnieres," as the boys called them, since they were made with Batman fabric). Early on in our relationship, we used to go out with friends to a place that played a lot of Motown. It's my favorite music to dance to, so all of the music was Motown at the reception.
We are both Irish and Mike's favorite food is mashed potatoes, so one of our must-haves was the mashed potato bar. We are also big video game fans, and we had a Mario weds Peach cake topper. We got married in the fall, the best time of year for pumpkins, and we took advantage and had a pumpkin pound cake that was to die for. There was a little bit of everything that makes us happy.
Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony was short and sweet. We had our friend Jon marry us. We wrote the script and our vows to each other. It was serious but it got a few laughs because we are just silly and can't help it. When Mike said "I do," I ran my hand across my head and mouthed "Phew!" During his vows he said "If you have a bad day, I will be there to cheer you up, and if you have a good day, I want to be at least 98% of the reason why."
Our biggest challenge: The day went pretty smoothly, but the one big challenge that came up was when we were getting ready. My cousin's dress broke. The zipper on the dress wasn't lining up. My friend and our photographer, Lindsey, the bridesmaids, and my mom were trying to fix it, but in the end we had to sew it on her. Since none of the girls could sew very well, I sewed it up for her. I'm happy to say it stayed on her all night. She is one bridesmaid that I know will never wear her dress again!
My favorite moment: The most meaningful thing about our wedding is that we got to share it with our whole family. My dad has been really sick for the past few years, is currently on a liver transplant list, and was in the hospital the week before the wedding. Mike's dad was battling lung cancer. We didn't know if both of them would be able to make it when we were first planing, and we were so happy when they were both able to come. Mike's sister had our first nephew, and Mike's dad got to wheel him down the aisle as our little ring bearer. Unfortunately, Mike's father passed away just a month after the wedding. Having the pictures of Mike and his father, both wearing their Irish hats and looking so happy, is amazing and something we will cherish forever.
My funniest moment: One of the funniest things to see at the reception was Mike dancing to The Temptations' "Shout." Mike doesn't really dance, but it came on and he just had to get out there on the dance floor with us. As "A little bit softer now…" comes on, I see him laying with his face touching the floor, trying to get lower with nowhere to go!
My advice for offbeat brides: Don't stress over everything. I was worried about so many things, and all that mattered was our love and the people that were there to share the day with us. I loved everything about my wedding, even the things that didn't turn out the way I expected.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Photography: Lindsey Tweed
- Dress: Monique Luo at David's Bridal
- Bridesmaid's dresses: NY&Co
- Invitations, flowers, centerpieces, headpiece, programs, and necklace: Handmade by me, Etsy seller CorinneHanna2
- Fingerprint tree guestbook: Etsy seller LoveFromtheThumb
- Venue: Regal Ballroom
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