Tracy & Nick's crafty and thrifty paper poms wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#brooch bouquet#diy bouquet#diy centerpiece#economical wedding#flats#non-floral centerpiece#ohio#paper flowers#secular June 18 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Carol Alspaugh (www.cap-ture.com) The offbeat bride: Tracy, Assistant Director Her offbeat partner: Nick, Producer/Director Date and location of wedding: Olander Park, Sylvania, OH — October 21, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Nick and I dated for seven and a half years before we got engaged, so we had thought about our wedding for a few years. We don't attend church, so we went about looking for a secular officiant. The first one we talked to stood us up! I was venting to my older brother about the whole situation and he said, "why don't you let me officiate for you?" The next day he was ordained online and we had ourselves a wedding officiant, who happened to be my homosexual brother. I knew that weddings were expensive, but I was determined to not let ours get out of hand. For our centerpieces, we chose to go with branches in vases and small tissue paper poms since I'm not a fan of real flowers or their price tag. After I realized how much tissue paper we would have from buying it in bulk, I decided to make some big poms for decoration. In order to get all the planned DIY accomplished, I had a "craft day" about two months before the wedding where I invited a bunch of girls over to help me get some projects done. We had snacks and drinks and it was a fantastic time. Our handmade pieces included: my bouquet, the maid of honor's bouquet, all of the guys' boutonnieres, centerpieces, table numbers, favors, hanging decorations, wish tree, card box, and seating cards/holder. We searched around locally to see which places did non-traditional catering, and found out that Tony Packo's caters events with their Hungarian-influenced food. Their prices were very reasonable and the food at the tasting was amazing. My mom also made all of the favors, which were sugar cookies shaped like wedding cakes. Tell us about the ceremony: The two readings that we used were: A reading from Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres: Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because that is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two. "The Promise" by Eileen Rafter: The sun danced on the snow with a sparkling smile, As two lovers sat quietly, alone for a while. Then he turned and said, with a casual air (Though he blushed from his chin to the tips of his hair), "I think I might like to get married to you" "Well then, she said, "Well there's a thought, But what if we can't promise to be all that we ought, If I'm late yet again, when we plan to go out. For I know I can't promise, I'll learn to ignore Dirty socks and damp towels strewn all over the floor. So if we can't vow to be all that we should I'm not sure what to do, though the idea's quite good." But he gently smiled and tilted his head Till his lips met her ear and softly he said "I promise, to weave my dreams into your own, That wherever you breathe will be my hearts home. I promise, that whether with rags or with gold I am blessed Your smile is the jewel I will treasure the best. Do you think, then, my love, we should marry –- do you?" "Yes" she said smiling "I do". My favorite moment: My favorite moment from our wedding was the ceremony. The readings were beautiful and there was just a fantastic vibe on the deck. I felt very loved! I was worried about how people would react to the ceremony, since we didn't include any religious content, but nobody even mentioned that. Milk crate card box with lace from the bride's mother's wedding dress! My advice for Offbeat Brides: My only advice is to do what feels right. If people think your idea is crazy or that you shouldn't do it, take it in stride, and make the choice that works for you and your partner. Then it should be authentically you. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Tissue paper for the poms: Paper Mart Bride's dress: Alfred Angelo 2034 Bride's veil and flower fascinator: Etsy seller WearableArtz Maid of honor's jewelry: Etsy seller Buysomelove Robot cake toppers: Etsy seller Lubu Groom's tie: Amazon Groom's suit: Express Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F72226644%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157628430678727%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F72226644%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157628430678727%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157628430678727&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 San Francisco wedding photography the easy-peasy, punk-rock way with Lilia Photography NEXT Wear matching wedding shoes Toggle comments [ 14 ] Beautiful wedding. I am insanely jealous that you had Tony Packo's cater it. I also love the frog in your bouquet. 0 agree Reply Hi Alicia – Thank you!!! The Tony Packo's food was outstanding! And my step-father collects frogs, so he gave me that to add to my bouquet, lol. 0 agree Reply These were thoughtful and sweet readings. Thank you for sharing them with us. 0 agree Reply Hi Karen – It was my pleasure. We each chose a family member to do a reading and I am so happy with how they turned out! 0 agree Reply I love the Lubu robots, we used a Mario & Zelda ones for our topper but I want to buy them all! Lovely wedding all together, congrats! 0 agree Reply Thanks, Rhea! 0 agree Reply Beautiful, I love it! 0 agree Reply Thank you, Erin! 0 agree Reply LOVE "The "Promise". Thanks for introducing me to it! 0 agree Reply You're welcome! 0 agree Reply I Heart this wedding 0 agree Reply Me too! Haha. 0 agree Reply Hi! I am doing yarn poms for my wedding, but I am liking these paper ones much more! They look like hydrangeas! How do I learn how to do this??? 0 agree Reply Hi Heather! Here is the tutorial I used from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/tissue-paper-pom-poms-how-to I cranked them all out in one day with the help of many friends. And then assigned someone the night before to be in charge of "puffing" them up for the wedding!! 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.