The Offbeat Bride: Tameisha, Law Student and Paralegal
Her offbeat partner: Phillip, Warehouse Associate
Date and location of wedding: Jacobson Park in Lexington, KY — May 28, 2015
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
Our potluck wedding was a DIY, non-traditional, private ceremony. We had sort of rustic theme with lots of burlap, lace, and pearl accents, and our colors were dark purple, gold, and ivory. We were on a tight budget (less than $5000) chose to stray away from your traditional dress and tuxedo.
I made most of the decorations myself with some help from my friends and my mother. The ceremony was held at a big beautiful park in Lexington, KY where we had a little over 30 guests attend. We decided against a big reception that day and had a potluck and barbecue after the ceremony.
Tell us about the ceremony:
I didn't wear a dress — I wore an ivory jumpsuit with sheer lace and pearl details on the top and a lace corset-style long-line bra underneath. I also chose to wear flats and happened to find some awesome gold jelly shoes that were perfect for the occasion. Phillip wore a paisley print, ivory-colored shirt with a purple and gold paisley double tie.
I carried a ribbon bouquet that I made myself and I sang Whitney Houston's “I Believe In You and Me” as I walked myself down the aisle with my grandfather waiting at the end to give me away. We chose to honor our heritage as African-Americans by jumping the broom after we kissed. I decorated the broom myself as well as created the burlap aisle runner. My mother helped me with the ribbons we had placed throughout and was a huge help in getting everything set up. I was actually an hour late because I DIYed my hairstyle too and didn't finish until 30 mins before showtime.
Tell us about your reception:
We didn't really have a reception per se. We are planning a reception party for all of our family and friends that we weren't able to invite. We provided main courses of BBQ ribs and chicken for the adults, and hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids. We asked the guests to bring sides instead of gifts and had a potluck-style meal.
We rented a shelter close to the ceremony area and decorated it with fake lace tablecloths and my friends and I made the centerpieces ourselves. There was a small cake table in the middle of the shelter with our DIY toss-bouquet, garter, a centerpiece or two. We took our pictures around the park while the meat cooked and the kids played. Then we all ate together and Phillip and I cut the cake for dessert. It was a very warm and intimate affair with a nice “summer-time in Kentucky” feel to it.
What was your most important lesson learned?
DIY may save you money, but it will definitely cost you lots of time and energy. I personally love crafts and had a blast doing everything, but I am also a control freak who was working over 40 hours a week and still trying to make everything myself so that it was just the way I wanted it. That lead to a lot of unnecessary stress and rushing once it got down to crunch time.