Patricia & Christiaan's Intimate Outdoor Family Fun-Day Wedding #Real Weddings: Global#africa#barefoot bride#beer#bridezilla#fairy wedding#fall weddings#long-haired groom#outdoor#small wedding#south africa#tent#wings January 6 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride The offbeat bride: Patricia, journalist Her offbeat partner: Christiaan, assistant bank manager Location & date of wedding: The Thatchery in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 12th, 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: Firstly, the wedding budget was pretty low. Originally, I thought the most offbeat aspects were the fact that we were barefoot and I was wearing wings. But I've discovered what was REALLY offbeat, is that we tried to keep it small and stress free. Which it was. I certainly didn't become a Bridezilla, thank god. And everyone's comments were that is was a FUN wedding. Drama free! https://www.flickr.com/photos/29335919@N07/2987578930 Our biggest challenge: The dress! I had a certain dress in mind and hadn't realised that with my inadvertent weight gain, it wasn't going to look at great as I thought it would. So I asked the seamstress to redo it, a little more love-handle friendly. Which meant I only got my dress the day before the wedding. Eek! How we solved it? We bought a back up dress. Just a plain white summer dress, which would match since it was a more informal wedding. I sometimes catch myself wishing I wore that one instead… My favorite moment: At the reception, when we all decided to dance around like idiots (the embarrassing first dance being over with), we were singing along to "Bohemian Rhapsody". https://www.flickr.com/photos/29335919@N07/3093144082/ At the part where the song gets all rock-ish ("So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye…") Christiaan and a friend decided to spray us all with beer. It was actually pretty epic. There's a photo of it! A few of my vendors: Venue: thatchery.co.za Personalised fortune cookies: catatac.co.za DJ: djconnect.co.za Wings: fairies.co.za Please note, these are all South African vendors. My offbeat advice: These nuggets probably go for all brides, offbeat and on. Tell the dressmaker that your wedding is two weeks earlier than it is! This will save you many tears. Make sure your dress is COMFORTABLE! It's not easy doing the Time Warp if you fear your breasts are going to release themselves any second. Listen to the advice of others (but don't necessarily take it), most people are a lot cooler and more creative than their wedding pictures show. You might get some great ideas. And don't be afraid of being the first offbeat one in a batch, you may inspire others to get married THEIR WAY. If you can't afford it, elope. A small wedding is preferable to a marriage started in debt. The honeymoon is more important than the wedding anyway! Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Click the kissin' cuties below for some rad family-fun wedding pics! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME 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 Proposing Part 1: Why you should propose to your boyfriend NEXT Molly & Laurie's Island Outdoor Lesbian Yes-We-Can Wedding Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] "intimate outdoor family fun-day" just about sums up what I'm aspiring to! Great job, you two! Reply Looks like a beautiful fun day! I love your dress!! Reply Barefeet!!!! Awesomeness. Reply That looks so beautiful and fun. I'm totally putting Bohemian Rhapsody on the must-play list–I don't know how I didn't before! Reply Small weddings rock. Especially small South African ones 😉 1 agrees Reply Hey there! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shirt your husband is wearing and would love to get something similar for my FH. This is a stretch as I know you are in S. Africa…but by any chance did you buy it online?? Or do you know if it has a style name? Thanks!! Or if anyone else reading this knows where I can get a shirt that looks like that…please chime in! Reply sounds so fun! and I might just use the advice for saying the dress needs to be in a week or so early.. less stress! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. 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.