Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding
Photos by Allebach Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Liz, ER Doctor

Her offbeat partner: Billy, bartender

Date and location of wedding: Mutter Museum, College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA — March 4, 2017

Budget: $25,000

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

After getting engaged at a historic 1940s San Francisco tiki bar, we decided to theme our wedding to match. Everything including our cocktail choice, wedding party dresses, shoes, centerpieces, boutonnieres, guest book, and drinking glasses had an island vibe with hints of our nerdy and punk rock/rockabilly backgrounds.

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

The female members of the wedding party wore vintage-style sarongs. The wedding party included two bridesmaids, a groomswoman, and groomsman. Many items were DIYed, including the bouquets, boutonnieres, signs, centerpieces, and cake topper. To keep it all in budget, I chose a black wedding dress from a sample sale from Wedding Dress Fantasy.

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Tell us about the ceremony:

Our wedding took place at Philadelphia’s famous Mutter Museum, College of Physicians, which is known for its medical oddities including a wall of skulls! We felt that having our sideshow performer friend officiate (as his alter ego Mr. Deadguy) would fit this vibe perfectly.

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

I never liked the idea of being “given away,” therefore, instead of the traditional bridal processional, we both came down the aisle together escorted by our parents to The Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.” We kept our vows short, sweet, and secular as neither of us is religious. Following our vows, we walked back as a couple to Blondie’s “Dreaming.”

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding
Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Tell us about your reception:

During our reception, we danced to a punk-influenced soundtrack. Following our introduction as a couple to Joey Ramone’s “What a Wonderful World,” we danced our first dance to Morrissey's "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.”

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Our dinner consisted of vegetarian-friendly stations including sliders, salad, and a mashed potato bar with Mai Tais as our specialty cocktail. I DIYed a Simpsons-themed cake topper which matched our new Simpsons tattoos. As a celebration of the Italian South Philly neighborhood that we call home, our wedding cake was layered with delicious cannoli filling.

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

What was your most important lesson learned?

I’m in a situation that I’m sure many offbeat couples can relate; there are so many cool things that we are geeky about that focusing was difficult. I found that picking a theme really helped keep my ADD in check and let me find fun things that still fit the theme like our Yoda and Darth Vader mugs!

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro tiki wedding

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Comments on Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

  1. Wow this wedding looks incredible! So beautiful, unique and fun, I bet everyone had a blast 😀

    Can I ask how you made the Simpsons cake toppers? We wanted to do the same thing as it fits our theme but had no idea where to start without spending a lot of money getting someone else to make them.

      • Brilliant! You should sell them! Now, I’m obsessed! I’m sadly not that crafty. Congratulations!

  2. Love everything about this wedding! So beautiful, unique, and fun 🙂 Bet everyone had a blast, congrats!

    Just wondering how you made the simpsons cake toppers? We are looking to do something similar but can only find people that will make it for a lot of money.

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