Surya & Kelsey's Magic Two Ring Circus Wedding #Real Weddings: Canada#british columbia#circus#costumes#diy wedding#fire dancing#hula hoop#India#outdoor#sari#tent Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Dec 10 2008) Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Surya, Researcher/Writer/Storyteller Her offbeat partner: Kelsey, Automotive Engineer and Owner of a Manufacturing Co. Location & date of wedding: Crescent Beach Neighbourhood House, White Rock, British Columbia, on August 30th, 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: Well, we asked people to dress in a magic circus theme. We had a circus tent, hula hoops, face painting and various other activities. We went mostly DIY, including designing and printing the invitations. There were about 40 kids running around and loving it. The cake was made by my cousin and was fantabulous! We made it a weekend party and there was a variety show instead of speeches. We ended with a fire dance performance and we included a non-traditional adaptation of an Indian ceremony including a fire bowl that just about had my sari up in flames! The food was delicious and everyone, including me and my husband, had an excellent time. Okay, that's my pitch! Our biggest challenge: Food! We had about 200 guests and I couldn't face a potluck, so we explored a number of catering options while still trying not to spend too much. In the end we went with a fairly pricey option (it came to about $9,000), and did our own rentals and cake. We had hors d'oeuvres in lieu of dinner, but plenty of them, and it turned out to be one of the best meals I've ever eaten, not to mention one of the best looking! My favorite moment: Setting up the tent. It was just before the event, and it was crazy with everyone trying to get everything ready, but the sun was coming out after two weeks of rain and cloud, and the tent was so colourful – just the way we'd imagined! It was a moment full of anticipation. My offbeat advice: Get lots of help! And especially, have a plan for how things are going to come together on the day. I guess that sounds obvious, but I was so focused on all the pieces, I feel like I missed the part about bringing it all together. I went incredibly well, but I think that was mostly because everyone pitched in and the sun was shining! Lots of what I had planned never happened, though. The good news is that I have activities ready for pretty much every party we will ever have from now on! Enough talk — show me that wedding porn: Click on the picture below to see lovely photos from Surya & Kelsey's Magic Two Ring Circus Wedding! And DEFINITELY check out Surya & Kelsey's magical wedsite! PREVIOUS The fallacy of offbeat trends NEXT Abigail & Michael's DIY Self-Catered Photobooth Perfection Wedding Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Way out on an aside – White Rock! WHITE ROCK! It's this tiny four square blocks city on a peninsula. The beach is always used for weddings, some because of the pier, the odd-shaped houses (e.g., someone stuck turrets on their house and did the front in stone), the beach facing the US beach in Washington state with the Canadian/American islands in the background, Mount Baker in the background, and the train that goes by… Okay, sorry, I used to live there, as an amateur wedding crasher. I think I've seen this wedding! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour 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.