I’d say I’m relatively offbeat, but still keeping with a few traditions. I like a nice balance.
I’m not a very showy, overly girly, flashy, over the top person, and neither is my fiance. In fact, my fiance hates crowds. But my family is HUGE, so he’s being a trooper when it comes to the size of the guest list. lol
But what I mean is that I didn’t want huge flower arrangements, pink ribbons and bows, sparkles, limos, doves, ice sculptures, strolling violins, or super-formal reception, super serious, event. I want it to be fun and meaningful, both most importantly, a reflection of me and my fiance.
For example, our friends set us up on a blind date based on the fact that we are both big Pittsburgh Penguin hockey fans. Our colors will be shades of blue, based on the Pens’ original jerseys from the 60’s.
And while I’m not the biggest fan of over the top theme weddings, our wedding WILL have a penguin motiff to it. Part of it will be hockey, but part of it will also reference the penguin as an animal because of the whole ‘mating for life” thing and the quote from March of the Penguins about “love in the harshest place on earth” because my fiance and I have been through hell and back over the last 5 years with family issues, job issues, money issues, death, sickness, etc.
Here are some elements we are using:
this logo will be everywhere — our invites, maybe napkins, etc.
this is our serving set
our cake toppers
We will also be ordering a custom Penguins jersey with our last name and wedding date on it and the guests will sign that instead of a guest book. Then we’ll frame it and be able to hang it in our home.
My good friend and Bridesmaid or Best Man is a graphic designer and she’s making our table numbers look like hockey jerseys and we’ll have them named/numbered after popular past and present players for the Pens.
Oh and our ceremony is taking place at an old, restored theater.
So while these are all “off beat” things, we will still include traditions like me walking down the aisle with my parents, cutting the cake together, first dance, father/daughter dance, garter and bouquet toss, and, a tradition that is very near and dear to my heart as a Polish/Croatian/Slovak girl, the bridal dance.
I think being from Pittsburgh also makes me untraditional, on these boards, apparently. lol
Where I’m from we don’t fuss over the plates, table cloths, or silverware. EVERYONE has a buffet, even if you’re wealthy. All the women take their shoes off to dance at the reception and it’s not considered unsanitary or trashy. We include our registry information with the shower invites and that’s totally acceptable. Our receptions are in fire halls and no one blinks an eye.
Oh and my favorite Pittsburgh “off beat” tradition is the cookie table! In adition to cake, we have HUNDREDS of cookies available all throughout the reception. Most of the time they are all home made by the bride and groom’s family and it’s AMAZING!
Crap, I was trying to share an e-pic that went with our hockey theme but it keeps telling me the files are too large and I don’t know how to resize them ….