Amanda & Eric's breakfast-for-dinner fun and games wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#breakfast-for-dinner#brunch wedding#comic books#converse#donuts#games#ipod#minneapolis#minnesota#non-floral centerpiece#pinwheel#spring#winter June 19 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Amanda Maunu Photography Photos by Amanda Maunu Photography The Offbeat Bride: Amanda, Engineer Her offbeat partner: Eric, Recruiter Date and location of wedding: St. Anthony Main Event Centre in Minneapolis, MN — April 13, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We were fortunate not to have any external forces requiring us to do things a certain way. We basically just included a piece of everything we liked. We decided to serve breakfast-for-dinner, and to have donuts instead of wedding cake. Dinner started with a first course of French toast, followed by a bacon wrapped filet, potato croquettes, and a quiche. We also served Bloody Marys and Mimosas during the cocktail hour. Eric is a huge comic book fan and we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. All of the men in the wedding party were given DC Comics Converse to wear with different characters on them. The centerpieces were simple pinwheels made with different types of paper. We used comic book pages, sheet music, scrapbook sheets, pages of a children's picture book. I made about 85 pinwheels and had three or so to a table. My sister made these fun table numbers that featured pictures of us at the age on each table. I bought a bunch of Mad Libs and ripped out pages for the tables. I had seen the customized, leave-a-note-for-the-couple version, but I thought it would be more fun if everyone got to relive the good old days writing "boobs" for every plural noun! Tell us about the ceremony: My brother-in-law played "A Penny for your Thoughts" from Waiting for Guffman on an acoustic guitar for the processional. The kids walked down in sunglasses, holding briefcases, while "The Imperial March" from Star Wars was played. I walked down to "Once Upon a Time… Storybook Love" by Mark Knopfler. We had a very simple, short ceremony, which featured a single reading. My brother, Mike, has Down syndrome and is a fantastic poet. He has written thousands of poems. During our ceremony, he read a poem that he wrote called "Ten ways of falling in love." Eric and I met last January and were engaged eight months later, and married six months after that. We chose this poem for Mike to read because it really represented the whirlwind of awesomeness we experienced getting to our wedding ceremony. Ten ways of falling in love One, when I make funny faces make my girl laugh Out loud and sweet, two, I loved seeing Someone walking and falling tripping on their feet Three, looking at her calmly and sexy Four, when she talks on the phone nonstop action She has a pleasant voice of hers Five, I loved seeing my sweet loving girl dance and Sings like an angel, six, when she cries she cries peacefully Seven, after all she looks at the menu she ordered great meal Eight, when we go to the park and places Sitting together hearing the birds singing and ocean waves Nine, when a young girl sleeps and watching her sleep Ten, middle at night she loves walking on the beach seeing White full moon and wonderful stars on the dark sky Wearing light jacket, only ways of falling in love really cool And easy moment together at last charming smiles along Ten ways of falling in love truly romantic not like broken their Hearts wisely love comes first like a flash of lightning Striking down like a speedy bullet what was true love right there It's a cool feeling about falling in love in the world by Michael James Brindley Our biggest challenge: We had intended to use an iPod for dinner music. We had used the same iPod for the ceremony and it worked fine, but when they went to use it for dinner, it didn't work. We had a DJ set up in another room, and he had an iPod on him that he filled with Rat Pack music. Crisis averted! It would have been nice to have played the mix we put together (songs from our favorite musicals), but in the end I'm just glad we didn't have silence. My funniest moment: Kids have a tendency to be funny without trying. My nephew, Joey, who was a ring bearer, was the highlight of the night for most people, especially when he stripped down to his tank top and suspenders after getting sweaty from dancing. After he started getting some attention he commented to his mom, "People are very interested in me… they keep making circles for me to dance inside." What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? I didn't think I would care about photography and didn't budget much money towards it. We lucked out by finding an amazing photographer, and we were her first wedding. She did such a fabulous job and I have looked through the pictures hundreds of times. I am so glad I got a photographer, and would recommend making photos a priority. The day went by so so fast and the pictures are my way of reliving it over and over again. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Amanda Maunu Photography Bridesmaid's dresses: Anthropologie Headband: Lexi Couture Flowers: Christine's Floral Touch Venue: St. Anthony Main Event Centre Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F96399021%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157633648304104%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F96399021%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157633648304104%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157633648304104&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 Adventures in Seattle wedding planning with Blush Celebrations NEXT Add a different Avenger to each of your comic-themed boutonnieres Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] OMG I love this wedding. It looks like it was so much fun! We're doing a breakfast for dinner too! 3 agree Reply The absolute stunning emotional beauty of this ceremony has urged a strange wetness to fall from my eyes. Thank you. Sincerely, thank you. You have a beautiful family. 2 agree Reply Your flowers were GORGEOUS! And your brother is majorly talented! 3 agree Reply Ditto on the comment about getting a photographer. Looking the our photos time and again really got me through the "what do I do now that I don't have a wedding to DIY?" phase… Reply This is so great, I swear it's like you guys were inside my and my partner's heads when you planned this wedding. Glad to see that the whole breakfast for dinner thing worked out, because we're doing the same thing, board games too. The pictures are just absolutely fantastic and you both looked great. Gotta love the DC converse. The whole wedding just looks so fun and relaxed. Reply I love your hairstyle! I have been trying to figure out what to do with my sorta short sorta not curly hair for my wedding. Thanks for the idea. Reply Oh man, I wanted a breakfast-for-dinner wedding but my husband hates breakfast for dinner. Ah well. I live just up the road from St. Anthony Main–I would have gladly come by to eat any of that extra AMAZING french toast! Reply Breakfast for dinner is the best thing ever. And the comic converse? AWESOME. Reply I wish I could convince my fiance that breakfast for dinner is the best thing ever. He totally nixed my brunch food reception idea. French Toast is the best idea for a wedding ever! Your wedding is adorable, the DC shoes make me smile so hard. Reply Feels punk-rock with the tennishoes. I love the drawings. Reply I'm really, really digging this wedding. It has some of the traditional elements, but a ton of unique flare that makes it really wonderfully done and just pretty!! ALSO Bridesmaid dresses are FABULOUS!!! Reply I love this so much!! We are hosting a 10 A.M. wedding for my son and his sweet fiancé in June. They wanted an outdoor wedding and the only way to enjoy that in June in Georgia is to have it pretty early in the day. We are having a wedding brunch and this gave me some great ideas. Thanks and much happiness! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via 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. 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