The offbeat bride: Rosanne – Graphic Designer (and OBT member)
Her offbeat partner: Andrew – Warehouse Manager/Comic Artist
Location & date of wedding: Church, Park, Rosehill Venue Lounge, Ontario, Canada — September 19, 2009
What made our wedding offbeat: My dress was inspired by an Irish Barbie dress and worn with a circlet; both custom made by local designers. (Less expensive than the regular store-bought dresses by far!)
My husband wore a morning coat lined in red, with an ascot.
My maid of honour and bridesmaids wore chiffon bell sleeves made by my aunt, designed by myself, keeping with the ye olde look.
Instead of the bride/groom slideshow, we had an XBox 360 at the reception because we both love games. The cocktail reception was at a swanky converted lounge, where, admittedly, I splurged on the food stations because I'm a foodie. (No seating plans, no head table!)
The grooms cake was made by our friend and had Gundam and Godannar anime figures on it, reflecting our anime-related hobbies.
Ended the evening rickrolling everyone with a Nirvana/Rick Astley mash-up. (Some people almost fell to the floor, laughing so hard.)
I had the guestbook refinished afterwards with dragon scales by Sunhawk and re-bound by the ribbons in my hair, Andrew's hair and the bridal bouquet.
The thank you card was more like a thank you eight page comic book using the photos taken as footage, since my husband is working on his own comic book series (with me assisting).
Tell us about your ceremony: We kept the actual ceremonies traditional. This part of the wedding, to me, was the most important. As a Christian, I believe it should be treated with respect.
Our biggest challenge: Trying to coordinate the booking for the right church and venue for the day. We wanted them to be in fairly close proximity to one another, fit the atmosphere we wanted, be near the centre of the city, and have transit and parking near by.
Through patiently sifting through internet directories, e-mailing and calling different churches and venues we finally managed to find what we were looking for.
My favorite moment:
- The moments with my parents just before the wedding.
- Right at that point where we were pronounced husband and wife.
- Taking the photos with my ninety-one year old grandmother.
- Being with all the guests who reflect the many walks of our lives.
- The impromptu speeches by our best man and maid of honour.
My funniest moment:The end of the evening. When the DJ announced that the final song was to be played as chosen by the bride and groom, everyone cheered as Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” started to play. Those cheers turned into laughter and stunned faces when the lyrics started and it was Rick Astley's voice singing “Never Gonna Give You Up” to the music of Nirvana. It was a Rick-rolling success!
My advice for offbeat brides: Sift through websites, and e-mail to ask for price quotes. It is a great way to save on time instead of personally visiting each place.
Try not to get too too many people involved in the planning. We kept most of our planning secret from others 'til it hit the “point of no return”.
Hopefully, your guests are made up of family and friends who aren't there to judge you, so, really, there's no reason to get nervous, right?
Also, the less of a schedule you have for your reception, the more enjoyable time for you and your guests.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Planning a wedding is only as hard as you make it.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Dress: Heretic, Sandra Huculiak
- Circlet: Lumiere Designs, Andrea Pope
- Morning Coat: Korry's
- Venue: Rosehill Venue Lounge
- Flowers: East of Eliza, Reed Russell
- Guestbook Dragonscaling: Christine Hogenkamp
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!