Thanks to ThinkGeek, you may have seen this amazing book arch last month but here's the FULL story on this wedding.
The Offbeat Bride: Cindy, Strategic Planner
Her offbeat partner: Sam, Pricing Manager
Date and location of wedding: Sodo Park in Seattle, WA — September 8, 2012
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Sam and I really wanted our wedding to reflect all the geeky things that brought us together. We also didn't want to take ourselves too seriously, which meant a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and subtle pop culture references.
We actually got this vibe started early on, with a wedding website that was meant to both inform and amuse. The wedsite included a non-romanticized and fully hyperlinked story of our courtship, fun faux profiles of the wedding party, an album showing off our engagement shoot at the Seattle Public Library, a haiku page, and What to Wear guides for both the gals (Geena Davis edition) and the guys (Sean Connery edition).
Many thanks to Offbeat Bride for helping us inject authentic real-world into our planning — from alternatives for the tradition of "giving the bride away," to suggestions for first dance songs (we went with "Rainbow Connection").
When you're watching a stand-up comic, you know how the best parts are where you feel like you've been let in on an inside joke? I'd like to think our wedding let our friends and relatives into our world. For example, Sam and our friend/officiant walked in to the trumpet call that starts the Red Dwarf theme music, and I walked down the aisle to a mashup of the Bridal Chorus and The Imperial March.
Our wedding stationery was xkcd-themed.
Our cake was Dalek-inspired.
The boutonnieres were made of LEGO.
The beer was home-brewed.
The printed programs and ceremony were scattered with references to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Captain Planet, Battlestar Galactica, and to Friends of the Seattle Public Library's epic book sales.
The wedding was also a bibliophile's wet dream. We used books to decorate the aisles and tables.
We were married under a book arch. The arch was made by Lola Event Floral & Design, but many of the centerpiece books were from our personal collection.
My mom even commissioned a hollow book box, which we placed on the gift table to hold greeting cards.
We complemented these elements with paper decor, including large paper pinwheels that hung behind the arch, and bud vases filled with paper flowers and crinkle-cut paper.
All of the bouquets and corsages were also made of paper. The paper flower bouquet had the added bonus of disguising my vows, which I folded up and tucked between the petals. No pockets? No problem!
Tell us about the ceremony: We wanted to have a very personal (and secular) ceremony, so asked a friend to officiate. I think it was a pretty standard format, but with personal touches throughout. For the reading, we selected an excerpt from So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, thanks to this Offbeat Bride post about silly wedding readings.
We also asked our friends and family to recite a simple pledge of support: "We the friends and family of Cindy and Sam // promise this day to recognize their union // to honor and support them // and to love them always // as they join today in the bonds of marriage. // So Say We All!"
Our officiant had planned to close the ceremony with a hearty "Live long and prosper!" but I think that by that point there was a lot of smooching and cheering going on, so it may have been omitted.
My favorite moment: As traditional as it sounds, I really loved being walked down the aisle by my dad. Because he's my dad. And he's awesome.
Two other parts of the ceremony really stand out for me: the friends & family pledge of support, and the vows. Sam and I are blessed to be surrounded by folks who are in wonderful relationships, and who have managed to be married or together for decades without getting glommed into an amorphous "we." This means a lot to me. As a cherry on top, we had our guests end their pledge of support with a rousing, "So say we all!" Battlestar fans appreciated that.
As for the vows, Sam and I wrote our own, and they felt very true. In true form, mine didn't come together until the very last minute — and Sam's meandered a bit into philosophy and logic. That's Cindy & Sam for you.
My funniest moment: At one point, Sam showed up on the dance floor wearing a helmet and goggles. I don't know why or how. Just know that it happened.
Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? In my family, our idea of a disaster is still being hungry after dinner. (Of course I exaggerate, but we do take our eats very seriously.) We may have gone to the other extreme for this event, but it worked out fine. We even had an ice cream station where the vendor whipped up flavors on the spot. I was a little surprised at how HUGE a hit that was.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Wedding Planner & Decor: Pink Blossom Events
- Photographer: Rubin Photography
- Venue & Caterer: Herban Feast Catering and Sodo Park Event Venue
- Book Arch & Personal Bouquets/Boutonnieres: Lola Event Floral & Design
- All other Paper Flowers: heathoriginal
- Invites & Reception Paper Goods: Chic Ink
- Music: 2 Buck Chuck
- Photobooth: 321 FOTO | photo booth rentals
- Cake: The SweetSide
- Ice Cream: NitroCream Ice Cream
- Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison
- Transportation: Rare Form Limo and Shuttle Express
- Linens & Rentals: Creative Coverings & Pedersen's Event Rentals
- Dress: I Do Bridal
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!