My fiancé and I are having our ceremony in a public garden in New Jersey and have been told that we are not allowed to bring chairs for our guests. We have discussed buying nice picnic blankets and laying them about for our guests to sit on, but I would still like something a little more "chair-like." How do you create comfortable seating rather than just having guests on their feet the whole time?
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of park posts.
Karen and Sam's wedding took place at Preservation Park in downtown Oakland, California — and it turns out this park is the perfect backdrop for creative couples who are infatuated with all things CUTE. Everything from the rainbow paper cranes to the happy-faced plushies decorating the reception spot is adorbz.
This whirlwind of a wedding goes all over San Francisco, on top of a two-story carousel, into parks and pubs, and flies a kite the whole time. Plus, it's so much of a whirlwind that it started 45 minutes early and the couple didn't even realize it! You might remember this bride from her GoPro bouquet, so here's the full, amazing, colorful story from the couple themselves.
These Chicago teachers decided on a small destination wedding in New Orleans (one of their favorite places after vacationing there!). With Washington Square Park in Marginy as the backdrop, they incorporated their favorite things: animal masks, floral prints, pastel ribbons, M&Ms with cat faces printed on them(!), and 30 of their nearest and dearest.
These two had some interesting dilemmas: managing expectations from a very Catholic family and a not-so-Catholic family, balancing the needs of disabilities and the recovery community, and having a super low budget. But we can all learn from this bride's kick-ass attitude about keeping things accessible and authentic! Plus, we're totally behind any wedding that ends with a D&D campaign.
This wedding is all about learning experiences: you don't need fancy "yay" flags when simple ones bring as much fun, dads are sometimes more mushy-gushy than they let on (see the flashing baby photos for proof!), and sometimes a daytime wedding with fabulous food (drooool potatoes) is totally the way to go. Plus: learn what the hell a "hug line" is and how you can get one, too!
Orange groves, bee details, and pastel hues: it's the stuff of miracles when snow covers many of us. This wedding also boasts a fabulous handmade dress, potluck food (AND potluck performances!), a tree planting ceremony, and adorable wedding party fashion. So much sweetness, so little time.
Some girls dream of their fairy tale wedding and some girls take that pretty literally, as is the case with this bride's fantasy fairy tale-themed wedding. Elf ears, Shrek costumes, fabulous hoods and capes, and a sign pointing to all your favorite fantasy haunts. And you'll never guess why the groom spent so much time under the bride's dress during the garter toss.
This pair had a sweet, tiny redwood forest elopement, but it didn't end there. They then went on an cross-country party marathon with all of their family and friends in New Jersey, NYC, Texas, and California! Think Austin hokey-tonk bar, Jewish deli catering, a Deadhead-inspired barn dance, and a special guest: Mel the CAMEL. You have to see it to believe it.
I just love simple and sweet weddings filled with love and no pretension. Give me a potluck in the park with the nearest and dearest and I'm sold. This wedding has that and a whole lot of sweetness between the couple. Just don't accuse the groom of crying — it was obviously just his hair gel getting in his eyes.
I'm a nerd. You or someone you love might be a nerd. If so, this is your wedding paradise. It's a nerd-splosion of pop culture and every geek-loving reference you can imagine. Their vows are practically a word puzzle to see how many references you can count. These two cuties are authentic to their shared loves and it's easy to get on the love bandwagon with them.