Mara and Josh went for a theme with a Tim Burton twist for their Colorado wedding last June and nailed it. Look for black and white stripes everywhere, splashes of pink where it counts (even in Mara's hair!), and tons of carnival details in every photo: Altoid tins turned circus trains? Guestbook attendants in a ticket booth? Stilt walkers in corsets? A steampunk officiant? CHAINSAW JUGGLERS?
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of carnival posts.
For Joanna and Chad, the carnival is where it's at. Definitely where their wedding was at. She's a hula hooper, he's a juggler, so this Florida couple tied the knot in an outdoor, circus-themed ceremony at Cafe de Vinci last October. Scroll down to see Joanna's awesome black dress with a great red crinoline, Chad's rockin' beard and hot red pants, a Ferris wheel cupcake stand, and an officiant dressed from head to toe in full-blown ringleader regalia.
If you can resist the lure of this bride's black shimmery mermaid dress, you are stronger than we are. A vision in black, teal, and red, she slays us with her style. Add that to the sexy groom, 1930s circus theme, and pseudo-elopement strategy, and you'll be ready to marry these two yourself. Plus, if you're dealing with photo insecurity, this bride knows how to shut it down and embrace your awesomeness!
Shai and Crystal win at planning: they pulled off their backyard circus-themed wedding in under a month! Family and friends pitched in by building everything from the red-and-white striped tent to the colorful balloon arch. A parade of feathers, bubbles, and a tiny clown ring bearer led Crystal up the polka dot aisle, and guests tossed streamers into the air at the ceremony's conclusion. These two opted to use the time immediately following the ceremony to snag ice cream and take photos at a baseball park. The night was rounded out with Indian food and barbecue, followed by tie-dyed cupcakes and a skeleton-topped cake.
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We've seen this bride's homemade cake, but we hadn't seen her epic, punk rock-loving wedding. The wait is over, so you'll want to check out the retro fashion, insane makeshift mosh pit, and BUMPER CARS at the reception! Oh, and viewing the bride's surprise wedding tattoo required a sexy-as-hell upskirt shot that we couldn't help including.
Meg and Carrie hosted a casual carnival-themed wedding in Meg's parent's backyard in New Hampshire, proving that backyard weddings can be kick-ass for budget and scenery. (Seriously, the greenery is making me long for warmer weather!) Plus, they put a really fun spin on a ring warming ceremony by making it "interactive." Read on to see how they did it.
This pair had a small wedding with BIG personality: a carnival-themed wedding with retro rockabilly style. There are lots of DIY projects to ogle, including the bride's brooch bouquet, crochet bouquets, button bouquets (so much bouquet love!), a colorful candy buffet, and circus-style banners. Step right up and feast your eyes on the spectacle!
I just finished my Save the date cards and I wanted to share them with everyone… as I found it very hard to find details on how to do all the little bits! Our wedding has the theme of "Vintage Carnival." I thought I would share my photos and how I made them, also I'm…
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