Ever attended an "offbeat" wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I haven’t yet. I’d love to. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went to a wedding at a nightclub once. The couple’s favorite band performed, and everyone seemed to have a great time. It was fun to see such a “different” wedding. I don’t think the bride wore white either, but I can’t really remember what she wore.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we went to one in an aquarium. it was actually really boring, but i think it’s just b/c my interests are way different from the couple’s (music and such)

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m also a member over at Offbeat Bride (it’s badass, check it out), and “Offbeat” covers a pretty broad range. There even is a term for less ‘out-there’ brides, lovingly dubbed “Offbeat Light” 🙂

As a tattooed bride in a pink dress (and many more surprises to come), our wedding will most definitely be dubbed offbeat, and it will be the first I have attended 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

My friends had an awesome one where the boys wore zoot suits, the bride had orange and pink petticoats, the ceremony referenced a bunch of comic book / superhero stuff, they rented a bouncehouse for us all to jump in, etc.  It was a freaking blast.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My brother-in-law’s wedding was super offbeat, and it was awesome!  It was on Halloween and everyone was in costume. The bride wore this awesome short black dress with a rainbow tulle train and crazy tights, the decor included a coffin and a skeleton, and they drove away in a hearse.  I thought it was pretty weird when I heard they had paid $$$ to rent a coffin and hearse, but it was probably the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to (besides my own, of course). 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine was definitely a bit offbeat. It was, it has to be said, a real pleasure to attend it!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

Offbeat does cover a lot of ground, but I guess I’ve been to a couple that would count:

* A wedding held at SF City Hall on the grand staircase. Reception was at Bucca di Beppo in the Pope room followed by everyone riding the trolly up to the waterfront. 

* My BFF’s wedding with 8 guests where we all just walked down to the sand and watched them get hitched followed by a simple lunch at a nice place on the beach. 

I am SERIOUSLY considering just having a BBQ at a park and getting married under a tree with everyone standing around. Dances would be to music blasting from an old school boom box my sister’s bf has. (Big family + small budget = gotta get creative.)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My brother-in-law’s wedding was kinda offbeat light. He wore an outfit you might call “pirate” (kind of medieval) meaning pirate boots, fitted pants, a blousy top and a leather vest… carried his wedding gift sword, which is a replica of Aragorn’s sword from Lord of the Rings. There were a lot of fanciful details–both he and his wife are wonderfully creative and big into romantic gestures. It was neat!

I once went to a wedding held on a soccer field. The goal post was the arch and the ushers all worse soccer jersey tops.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yep! My cousin had a very offbeat wedding. It was on the grounds of a mansion owned by family she nannied for, got the GORGEOUS riverside venue for free. Instead of gifts, she asked us all to bring a favorite side or dessert dish (the main dish was catered and vegan.) Those things turned out to be the party bites.

They reversed the order and sort of had a reception first, then ceremony, then dinner and cake.

It was very casual, jeans and shorts, they said to wear what you’d be comfortable wearing to a casual picnic and emphasized it would be outdoors.

They had a self-serve bar, well stocked, outdoors on the patio, they had a grill and said that if you wanted to, you were welcome to grill meat or vegetables if you felt like bringing something to grill. They had asked people to send them preferred music and loaded an ipod wth tons and tons of songs and set it up so that people could add their favorite songs to the queue so it was more like a jukebox.

They dressed up the porta potties really cute, with little baskets inside and streamers and stuff all over the outside, it was funny.

We partied outside under the trees by the river, they even had a little pontoon boat and a relative of the groom’s was taking groups on rides around that area of the river, which was fun.

At sunset, we all were told to walk down to the edge of the property where there’s an outcrop over the river, and they had a very simple and short ceremony as the sun went down. (The bride wore white, but it was a casual knee-length white dress.)

Afterward, we all carried our chairs to the dinner tent (I don’t remember anyone saying anything about it, people helped the older folks, I certainly didn’t mind) and had vegan tamales and sides, it was so delicious even my meat-obsessed dad didn’t realize until later that it was vegan.

Me and my +1 skipped out after cake because it had been a long party day, I figure probably a lot of other people did too, that seemed to be the idea. I didn’t get to spend much time with the couple but it was a rather big group and they were pretty busy.

I had an awesome time and have often mentally referred back to her wedding while planning my own, because she bucked so many “MUST” things and it was really wonderful and romantic and fun. Way more fun than the other couple of weddings I’ve attended in my life. It’s given me a lot of courage about my own offbeat choices.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I haven’t but I love reading rock n roll bride’s blog – it’s full of wild weddings!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Bebealways:  your cousin’s wedding sounds amazing.

How did they queue the Ipod? I want to do that. I want a jukebox feel where guests can pick. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Soon2BD-CBee:  Some app, I acctually have no idea. I think the “my wedding DJ” app has something like that though?

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