Mary & Craig's Dr. Seuss-themed colorful rhyming wedding

Updated Oct 12 2015
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Photos by Amy Page

The Offbeat Bride: Mary

Her offbeat partner: Craig, musician

Date and location of wedding: Midlothian Conference Center, Midlothian, TX — January 5, 2013

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I found some Dr. Seuss Lorax Chuck Taylors and it immediately sparked the idea for a Dr. Seuss-themed wedding! We encouraged all of our guests to dress as whimsically as they wished.

Wedding Inspiration

Craig opted for a bright orange tuxedo, top hat, and cane. Instead of a receiving line, we made a photo booth backdrop based on "Oh, the Places You'll Go," and had our guests line up to take their picture with us before going into the reception.

Dressed to impress

Walking down the aisle

I walked down the aisle with my dad underneath an over-sized umbrella with pom poms dangling and battery-operated lights going up the pole. We entered to an acoustic version of "Annie's Song" by John Denver performed by Daniel Katsuk and Tricky Ricky. Then they played an acoustic version of "Islands in the Stream" after the readings, which they had learned for us just that morning!

The Buffet

Sneetch Treats

We served Technicolor cake balls instead of a full cake. There were three colors, and inside each were three different colors. Each of them had one of three flavors: lime, coconut and orange.

Wedding Program Inside
Our Vows

Tell us about the ceremony: My brother Todd officiated, and used some of his own Hindu traditions in part of the ceremony. He blessed us with holy water from the Ganges River in India that he brought back with him, and then he recited a Gayatri Mantra. We wrote our own Dr. Seuss-inspired rhyming vows.

The Readings

We had an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit, and a story called "Love Monkey" by Edward Monkton [See a video of the story here! – Eds.]. Since we are both in our late 30s, I felt this story was so appropriate and perfect for where we were in our lives when we found each other.

Mr. & Mrs. Dvorak!

Our biggest challenge: We had to really think about how to keep the guest list small without hurting feelings. The only way I knew to be fair was to first invite our family members and our friends we considered family. Next came friends associated with Craig's band. Lastly, I decided to use this rule: if I have hung out with them or talked regularly on the phone in the last year, they made the list.

Guest Book
Guests filled out a note card and stuck it in an envelope as the guest book.

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? To cut down on stress, I learned to delegate some of the decision-making on to those helping me, when I didn't have a strong opinion. I didn't care if the runners were yellow and not red, for instance. It was easier to just go with the flow, because at the end of the day, I was thankful I was leaving there a wife!

We did it!

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Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

  1. The colours! The pompoms! The rhyming program, complete with Thing 1 and Thing 2! I'm swooning over here.

  2. This is too dang cute!! LOVE it all, the umbrellas, the fuzzy balls , the invitations, all are awesome. I was just looking an an orange tux the other day-seriously-cant believe there is more than 1 lol!!! Love it!!

  3. I love the picture contrast… so many bright crazy happy colors, then just switch to B&W and it all looks formal 'traditional'

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