Her offbeat partner: Bengt, Student, Master in system administration and IT
Location & date of wedding: Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway. We have both studied here; my mom works here; they have a building named after my grandfather because he was principal of the teacher's education college, which has since been incorporated into the university — July 1, 2009
What made our wedding offbeat: The wedding started at noon and ended at eight in the evening. We had two ceremonies: Humanist and Quaker. The Humanist ceremony started the wedding and the Quaker meeting ended the day. We had the ceremonies outside on university grounds (probably the only couple married on their property). I wore a red wedding dress, and did the whole pack with veil, tiara and bolero.
All wedding activities were in walking distance (even for the bride in high heels) and out of town relatives carpooled or came by train. We had a giant ludo game, three in a row(Tic-Tac-Toe), and pick up sticks to play on the lawn.
The food was a catered buffet (from the place I have worked since I was fourteen until I went to uni), but we added homemade Ethiopian food and Indian curries. The wedding was also alcohol free.
The wedding cake was made by myself, the bride, the others were made by family and friends, except one which was bought by the groom's mother.
We didn't have a toastmaster because we wanted people to mingle and chat instead of listening to speeches.
We did it all for around $5000 (remember Norway being the most expensive country in the world).
Our biggest challenge: The Budget! We are both students and only had our savings to spend. We wanted our wedding to have two ceremonies and a reception, which included dinner. But we didn't want the budget to restrict who we invited either. That's why we chose a buffet (and with the amount of food we got from my previous employer, we could have invited twice as many guests). The venue (university) was free, since my mother works there. Also, having a wedding at noon meant we didn't have to supply alcohol or dance, and we could go home and enjoy our early wedding night.
We didn't book a hotel room for our wedding night, it wouldn't be as comfy and personal as my parents' house. My mother's colleagues offered to help with setting out the food and cleaning.
We got the wedding dress and suit on sale, and some accessories from ebay. We bought table decorations from a dollar store and made some ourselves from twigs and wire.
Our biggest splurges were food and drinks, and of course, roses for the bouqet and decorations.
My favorite moment: Taking wedding snaps in the morning before the ceremony at the local fort from ten to eleven. Just my groom and me with my friend (the wedding photographer) relaxing in the sun. It was easy to relax knowing that the rest of the wedding party was at the venue fixing the last details. All we had to do was show up at noon. 😀
My advice for offbeat brides: People want to help. All you need to do is ask! But don't overwhelm them with weird stuff that they don't feel comfortable doing. Be specific about which person you assign what job. More people with less tasks runs smoother than a few overwhelmed people trying desperately to do everything. Delegate well beforehand and your dream day will go without a hitch.
That way, the bride and groom don't have to do anything but smile, look fantastic together, and cut cake.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
All I can do is recommend ebay for hoistery and strapless bras. It's fantastic for us who don't fit a C cup. Just remember to check sellers' ratings.
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