Michelle & Jason's costume party picnic extravaganza #Real Weddings: Northeast US#backyard#compromising#costumes#humor#officiant#pennsylvania#picnic wedding#striped dress Updated Oct 17 2019 (Posted Sep 12 2008) Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Michelle, Woodshop Maven Her offbeat partner: Jason, Clockmaker Location & date of wedding: Friend's backyard in Audubon PA, near Philly. July 19, 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: We wanted a wedding that was simple, low budget, and entirely ours. Our budget was very modest but we had complete editorial control. Also, we wanted COSTUMES!!! Not just for the bride and groom or for a genre, but a costume party for everyone with free food and booze for all. Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenges were getting the right mix of fun and reverence for the occasion, and even harder, getting people to wear costumes! We sat down with the officiant (Jason's brother) and hammered out a ceremony that was equal parts funny and sincere, was brief but said everything that needed to be said. My favorite moment: It's hard to pick just one in a flawless day, but the (extremely brief but sweet) ceremony was a magical moment for us both. My offbeat advice: You may have to compromise on a lot of things depending on your budget, parents, and your would be spouse, but never lose sight of the goal: at the end of the day you're marrying the person you love. Do everything you can to keep editorial control, try to have some fun, and make sure everyone has enough to eat and drink! Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Click the photo below to see lots of shots from this super-fun, super chill costume wedding: 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 Striped wedding dress NEXT Handmade blue wedding dress Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] How awesome! Oooh, love the bouquet! I think I see a Capt. Morgan in that group shot – hope he brought lots of rum with him!! Reply Wow, your wedding looks like it was a blast!! Reply YAY!!! How fun and cool! Congrats! Reply DUDE That is so awesome! @~>~~ Reply this is way fun! i think i know your fave time of the year as well! Reply I have always thought a masquerade wedding would be fun. They look like they had a blast. (har har) Reply Wow. I am so impressed. I only thought people would attempt this on Halloween. So, so cool! Reply Excellent! That must have been totally fun! Reply Hi Jason & Michelle I found –it looks like a super day sorry I missed it Love Aunt Joan Reply looks like a super day sorry I missed it Love Aunt Joan Reply This is so how I want our costume wedding to turn out! We're really hoping everyone will dress up but some people are just party poopers. That's alright though…there will be enough people dressed up to make the not dressed up people feel silly and underdressed so ha! That sounded mean… Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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.