Jinger and Calvin got married completely off the grid. Instead of staying in their hometown of New York, they traveled to the southern jungles of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The rugged conditions matched the Lost-themed day, as there were no power or phone lines and everything from the save the dates to the bridal party's entrance music included nods to the television series. Play and relaxation ruled the day, as guests signed Jenga tiles instead of a guestbook, played board games, and relaxed at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in between wedding events.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of lanterns posts.
When you think of longtime Offbeat Bride sponsor Luna Bazaar, you probably think "paper lanterns and parasols." Right? Well, aren't you gonna be pleased when I tell you that you're totes wrong! You're invited to check out the rest of the awesome wedding goodies that Luna Bazaar can provide…
Hasmukh and Kathlynn fused a whole lot of color into their wedding day. Everything is color-drenched and squeal-worthy, from the bride's bright red bouquet and jewelry, to the pink-hued streamers in the ceremony! The wedding decor was 100% DIYed by the couple and their family members. They handcrafted striped and polka-dotted yellow and orange lanterns, created wedding signs with sturdy paper and puff paint, and tucked floral centerpieces into coffee mug vases.
This wedding will have a lot of fans: kids, chickens, color lovers, singers, and of course…. US! You've got hymn singing, Indian food, and what I'm going to excitedly describe as a Nickelodeon slime unity ceremony! It's all wrapped up in a big ol' barn in pretty sunset land. Just watch out for the bride's dad and uncle lighting the fireworks with a blow torch. Dudes got wild.
This book-loving, Shire-hopping couple knows how to harness the power of their friends and family. And it all resulted in one super adorable wedding day. Prepare yourself for what might be the awesomely geekiest handfasting we've seen. From book bouquets to a frozen flower disasters, there is much to see. Just watch out for the carrot cake hedgehog murder!
A city hall ceremony started this pair off in matrimony, and then it was topped off by a three-day weekend of barbecues, brunches, and of course, a big ol' multi-lingual party! Just wait until you see their M.C. Escher-inspired invitation, Wall-E cake toppers, and fruit centerpieces. But the best part is their funniest moments, which involve an overly enthusiastic ring dad and a translated baby. WHAT.
A little D&D, a little Lord of the Rings, and a whole lot of fairytale flourishes make this wedding a dream for any fantasy lover. We've also got sword arches, a sweet and teary first look, an element ceremony, a choreographed first dance, and a challenging custom-made dress (that was TOTALLY worth it!). Get out your Lembas bread and settle in for this one.
One way to bond over the wedding is to get everyone and their mother involved in the tiny details. That's exactly what this couple did, and it made planning a little more sane than it could have been. With paper and knitted flowers, an all-vegan-plus-pork menu, and lots of woodsy and crafty details, you know a lot of heart (and probably sweat) went into this wedding. Oh, and don't forget to pour one out for the missing home-brewed beer that could have been.
Emily and Tim take the prize for masters of subtlety. At a glance, you may not even notice the bitchin' geeky and superhero details because everything is just so damned elegant! But those details are there and they are FUN: a little red capelet (to match Emily's subtle fire engine red hair streaks), D20 cookie favors, and their Batman and Superman sneakers.
It's one thing to take on a big wedding; it's a whole other thing to plan two back-to-back ceremonies and parties! But once you see the retro fashion, Asian-inspired details, Chinese dancing lions, and sweet band tribute from the groom, you'll totally agree that it's a double happiness moment. OH, and a ceremonial martial arts board breaking by the bride? It happened — twice.
This wedding reminds me of small town festivals and parades with sparklers. Robyn and Mick are both hardcore kickball players, so they decided to hold their ceremony on the kickball field itself, with a tented reception at Mick's parents' house in Lawrence, KS. The ceremony boasted an electric guitar Star-Spangled Banner solo, readings from Shel Silverstein and J.R.R. Tolkien, a ring dog, and a dog flower bearer