Meagan & Simon's Mad Hatter tea party wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#alice in wonderland#church#diy bouquet#economical wedding#hat#kids#lawn games#michigan#mismatched-bridesmaids#non-floral bouquet#photo booth#top hat May 28 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Leah Renee The offbeat bride: Meagan, ER Registration Her offbeat partner: Simon, manager Date and location of wedding: Gaylord, MI — August 27, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Simon and I are into all kinds of things so we started with what we loved most. The colors black and blue were the base of our ideas, and then we added a semi-modern Mad Hatter tea party theme. Simon likes steampunk and anything geek-related, and I like Alice in Wonderland and crafty stuff, so we combined them. We had a very limited budget, so there was a lot of DIY involved along with some creative imagination. The wedding party helped out a lot, especially my maid of honor. Tell us about the ceremony: We made our own music for the ceremony. We also had a special, slightly altered reading from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. "But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh you can't help that," said the Cat "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here." "Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where –" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. " — so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat "if you only walk long enough." You must be mad yourself in order to understand the nature of things, reject normal social conversations, and behave abnormally to figure out where you're going. Wherever they get to, Meagan and Simon will wind up somewhere together, and I hope these few words help them and all of you negotiate your way through your own wonderland. We then exited to the tune "Here We Go" by the Fresh Beat Band. Our biggest challenge: Our daily schedule was challenging. We work opposite shifts and have a two-year-old, so getting everything together and communicating was hard. It took a lot of notes and a few less-than-sane moments to get it all done on time. But we got it done and Simon and I were there to say our vows. My favorite moment: Having our family take part in our wedding was the best, but I also loved our daughter as our flower girl dressed as Alice. She was so cute in her role along with my niece and nephew, representing the queen of hearts and the white rabbit. A Month of Mixbooks: As part of our partnership with Mixbook, this couple has been given a free wedding photo book to show off their wedding photos. We'll be featuring some of these Offbeat Bride Mixbooks in a few weeks! My funniest moment: We had a kids' table of games and a croquet set outside. And of course, the adults played with the kids' games and the kids played croquet! It was a pretty funny scene. The kids also had a blast on the dance floor, especially my daughter She was busting a move, and was a total social butterfly while hitting up every person she could for a bite more of their cake. The photo booth also gave us a lot to laugh about. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? Not having a DJ was a worry. We couldn't afford one, so we picked all our own music to play. The only glitch was that the entrance song didn't get played, but nobody noticed. My advice for Offbeat Brides: The best advice I can give is let your freak out and have fun. I'm also an advocate for a professional photographer since you can't retake the photos after the fact. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Leah Renee Bride's hat: Etsy seller AngeliqueAshton. She made the hat to my exact specifications! Other details: ThinkGeek Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2Frinck3%2Fsets%2F72157628083006573%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2Frinck3%2Fsets%2F72157628083006573%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157628083006573&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 Deadly gorgeous wedding invitations with a punk rock edge from Blue Tulip Design NEXT Hot shoes, a rainbow cake, and some little dudes with mohawks Toggle comments [ 17 ] Oh WOW, I love this! It's got everything; an unusual colour scheme, a gorgeous cake, a cute and creative way to involve the kids in the theme… Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with us. 0 agree Reply I adore Alice-theme weddings and I adore this one now! The best photo, though, is your little girl running up to you both as you piggy-back down the aisle – that is so precious! 1 agrees Reply Thank you – that was the best part about our day besides getting married =) so glad that photo was gotten. 0 agree Reply Can someone PLEASE tell me where to get such marvelous shoes? I LOVE THEM! 1 agrees Reply http://www.charlotterusse.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=4238904 i got them at this store and they were on sale for $5.00 =) 0 agree Reply Damn, woman, that's a hell of a deal! Thanks for the linky goodness :)Your wedding is fantastic, congratulations on being married! 0 agree Reply Thanks for sharing these, such great inspiration 0 agree Reply Awww, the little boy looks so cute. I think a Mad Hatter wedding theme looks quite interesting! 1 agrees Reply I love me some Alice-themed anything, but not sure I can express how much I LOVE. THOSE. SHOES. I also love that you did a non-red Alice theme!! Looks like so much fun was had by all. 1 agrees Reply whoa whoa WHOA. This was in GAYLORD?? Up-north Michigan (offbeat) brides represent! Leah Renee was my photographer as well (for our wedding in Petoskey)! Yay! Your wedding looks AWESOME! Love all the details. 1 agrees Reply oh yeah! i saw all your pics and loved them how amazing was your dress! and love the pics at the light house and the books w the action figures your wedding was amazing yay for up north offbeat brides! 0 agree Reply … I kinda want a cake fight now… 3 agree Reply Can I ask about your bouquets? Are the felt flowers? I love the contrast between the blue and the black! 0 agree Reply I was MOH and did most of the (hundreds) of flowers… They were indeed felt-white, black, gray, and various shades of blue. Some were hand cut, the rest with a sizzix, all hand hand embroidered. Some had sequins and beads for a little extra pop, and then all were finished off with buttons for the centers. After the first hundred or so, they got to be a big pain in the butt, but the effort was worth it and they looked fantastic! 1 agrees Reply I just want to say that I ADORE your combination of themes and that beautiful blue color used throughout your wedding! Amazing! Congrats to you both and all the best! 2 agree Reply I just love this wedding. Everything about it seems fun and beautiful and best of all, it seems to represent the bride and groom as a couple. I am very curious though, in the photo of the croquet field, what does the poster say? 0 agree Reply the poster told everyone how to play and showed the set up for the game =) 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by 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.