Sofia & Zet's colorful, vintage-themed wedding and relaxed island party #Real Weddings: Global#blue shoes#boat#colorful#crafty wedding#diy wedding#economical wedding#europe#handmade#hat#mustaches#pink dress#retro#secular#sweden#taller bride#tie Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Oct 8 2010) Offbeat Editors A few weeks ago, I gave you a preview of Sofia & Zet's uber colorful boat wedding in Sweden. If you were drooling, like myself, and couldn't wait for more, then you're in luck. Here is the scoop on Sofia & Zet's vintage-themed boat wedding! -Coco Photos by Vanja Markkusdotter The offbeat bride: Sofia, Art student (and OBT member and Europe Group Mod) Her offbeat partner: Zet, Music producer and student Location & date of wedding: Ceremony: on a boat in the harbor / Reception: a small island, in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden — August 20, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: We did a lot ourselves. A lot of the small things were not traditional, like I wore a pink wedding dress, we had a non religous ceremony and we only had two speeches. Oh, and he took my last name. We DIY'ed everything we could, including the food. So our budget ended up under $4000! We went for color all over. My dress was pink, the bridesmaids all had different, brightly colored dresses and the decor was also bright and colorful. We made a lot of mustaches and everyone loved them. We had an overall vintage-theme. Our guests seemed to love it because they all really stepped up and dressed the part. Playing up the vintage theme! We had a very personal ceremony on a boat, followed by a fabulous, fun filled party, on a nearby island. Yes, that's right, we got married on a boat, in the harbor. It was really important to us that we get married on the water. The ocean is very significant to both of our families, and it's one of the few things they have in common. So we thought it would be special for everyone. The boat with Zet's handmade backdrop! In Sweden, instead of the father or mother escorting the bride down the aisle as the groom waits, it is traditional for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle together. So, we walked onto the boat (down the "aisle") together! Then, we had the party afterwards. Getting our two families together was offbeat enough. My family is a group of used-to-be punk-rockers from Italy and Spain, and Zet's family are doctors in organic chemistry and they are super Swedish! Then add in our friends of hip-hoppers, designer types and the like. Well, it was an unusual mix of people to say the least. We weren't sure how everyone was going to get along, but I was very impressed by how it all turned out! Walking down the 'aisle' Our biggest challenge: Without a question, our biggest challenge, was us. In the beginning we were very indecisive. In the early stages I remember asking Zet, "So, what should we eat for the wedding?" And him saying, "We can eat what ever we want." He had a thousand crazy ideas. We wanted to do everything. Until I finally flipped. I took it way too seriously. I finally realized that I needed to calm down and have fun. Oh man, there were so many little things that I worried about that all worked out fine. When we finally settled on our ideas and got into the real planning, my biggest challenge was not to take every comment so personally. If someone doesn't like my idea, it does not mean that they don't like me or won't like my wedding. It was hard. For some reason, weddings are so emotional. But, we got through it by simply talking to each other. It sounds silly but talking is really what got us through it all. My favorite moment: Getting to see Zet for the first time all day. My heart skipped a beat, he was so beautiful. When everyone threw the rice. It sounds silly, but I was so nervous and that was the first moment when I had a real "wedding feeling." Also, right after I got off the boat, my grandfather came up to me, gave me a big hug and held me so close. I felt him sob a bit, then he finally took a step back and threw a big handful of rice over me. This made me realize how much our wedding really touched people. They didn't just think that our ceremony was weird, but they actually got it. My funniest moment: We laughed all day. But, without a doubt, the fact that my grandfather stole a whole plate of food from the drunkest of our friends. It was also pretty funny when I couldn't get the ring on his finger. The way the dance floor took off. And all the praise I got for the food and the desserts I made. 🙂 Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? We were so worried because a little before hand the band let us know that they were going to be late. We thought that we were going to have to walk down the "aisle" (onto the boat) without music. However, I ended up running even later, so the band was able to get to the boat, set-up and play right on time! My advice for offbeat brides: If you want to DIY the whole thing, make sure you have a few people there to help you out. There is no end to how much stuff you'll have to look at/sort out/decide those last days. So having other people help out is priceless! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Bride's Dress: Sweeties A few decorations: IKEA Photos: Vanja Markkusdotter Pro photos (not in the Flickr set): Alex Hinchcliff Cake: Zet's sister Band: San Diegos Musorkester Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! PREVIOUS 10 wedding tips you won't get from a bridal magazine NEXT Triple-threat wedding photography from Seattle's Jonas Seaman Photography Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] Squeeeeeee! I just called my mom and had her go in and look and she started crying… sweet, sweet, mothers… My Wedding is on OBB!!!!!!!!! Reply This wedding looks so lovely and your dress — it's perfect on you! The lace and ruching are spot-on excellent details. I think it's also so sweet that your mom started crying when she saw your featured page! That's so adorable! 😀 Glad you guys had a great time – congrats! Reply I agree, your dress is just perfect!!!! You look simply lovely and the wedding details are delightful. Reply OMG THAT DRESS IS AMAZING!! Reply Yay, congrats again! The wedding looked like so much fun and you & Zet looked awesome! 😀 Reply Thank you all so much! I designed the dress myself so It is espesially heartwarming to hear that you like it. Reply Hey Sofia, Did you design the dress via sweeties? I would love to get something similar. Im an Aussie but getting married in Stockholm… You look beautiful Stacey Reply Yes I did! Are you in stockholm? or Austraila? I could help you through Sweeties if you don't know swedish. Or if you need help designing… I love that! Are you on the tribe? if so just contact me there. Reply Im in Australia…waiting for my visa for Sweden, was just in Stockholm. Im not on the tribe. We arent getting married for a little while but If i can come up with something different then thatÃ¤d be amazing and i think you look absolutely gorgeous. Reply What a perfect, amazing dress! And I don't even like pink! Reply That hair is gorgeous! Reply How beautiful is 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. 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