(Closed) Who considers themselves an 'offbeat bride'? Why?

posted 9 years ago in Themes
Post # 77
1530 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Eccentric? Perhaps. Offbeat? Nay.

It’s an intercultural wedding, so there is no way we can incorporate traditions from each heritage/culture. For my Fiance and I, it’s acknowledging who and what matters to us. Even if we were to respect some of the cultural roots, I’m making sure the elements represents the true essence of who we are individually and together as a couple. (Example, my red dress or Kua is very simple. There’s no dragons nor phoenix on it.)

It’s far from being a WIC’s definition from a fairy-tale wedding. I’d say, it’s budget-friendly and sensible — as romantic as that sounds! Ha, ha! Hm, minimalistic is the word I’m looking for!

My attire has a nod to 1950s/1960s. Instead of a tiara, I’m wearing a vintage 1960s mantilla lace cap, with tulle veil flowing like a waterfall from the top. My dress is tea-length/ivory. My only criteria for my MOH’s and FGs’ dresses are that: they have to be something they would wear again.

My brother will be walking me down the aisle — since my dad’s passed on; he’s also going to be my bridesman, but will stand along FH during the ceremony. My ring-bearer will be our Scottish Terrier.

We’re skipping father/daughter dance for obvious reasons.

And.. our wedding will be uber kid-friendly! I mean, bubble blowers/guns, TV, popcorn, movies; separate kids’ room, which is right above a huge water-slide/swimming pool. It will probably feel like a huge family vacation/reunion instead of a wedding.

Post # 79
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania

Our wedding is rather strange. It will mostly be historically accurate to the early 1860s. My gown is based on one illustrated in La Follet in 1861, and my bridesmaids are wearing gowns of different colours and styles based on surviving gowns of the era. The flowers are based on the ones carried by Princess Alexandra of Denmark for her wedding in 1863, and the cake is based on descriptions of historical cakes. It shall be held at a historic home nearby (the perfect venue, it even has a chapel), and most of our music is from the mid-19th century. Some exceptions to the historical side include having either a 1st or 4th Doctor impersonator as our celebrant, my trousseau and wedding undergarments being monogrammed in Gallifreyan, and (maybe) walking down the aisle to the Doctor Who theme song or Tara’s theme from Gone With The Wind. At our ceremony, we are singing “A Heart Full Of Love” from Les Miserables, and our ring bearer will be K-9

Post # 80
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My family has allways veiwed Weddings differant than most people we know.

My Mum is a free spirit rocker – rock concerts, she got arrested for protesting once and she hitch hiked across Australia.

When she got married to my Step Dad she spent most of her budget on an awesome DJ and dance floor for her backyard wedding. There was a trampline for all to jump on, and she walked down the asile to Kiss – Forever.

My Sister dreams of a simple wedding with cowboy boots, leather jacket and a Harley. With ACDC, Wolf Brothers, Jimmy Barnes, Guns & Roses and many more playing.

And my other sister wants to wear a white suit that complements her grooms black suit. She has allways been a tom boy.

I am the baby sister and the first to get married. When I was younger I wanted to have a wedding like the movie Labyrinth – with David Bowie in it. lol  

Our theme is The Addams Family; a mix of Gothic Glam, Elegant Halloween and Dark Romance. 

Which is a great blend of my Fiance and I. We love classic horror movies, we love Victorian and we have a slightly morbid twisted view on life and death.

We dont fit into a label – we are just us and our wedding is going to showcase us to its best ability.

Post # 81
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@LostInWonderland:  I would consider myself an off beat bride…we are doing a short short ceremony in a small campsite with a bonfire and s’mores afterward. No true reception (no music, no dancing, etc), no seating arrangement, no flowers, no food, no bridal party, no traditional vows, nothing really “normal”. 

Post # 81
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Lol I’m not too offbeat, I don’t think, I’m just not formal. NOTHING about my wedding is formal except our clothes, really, and even then it’s not as crazy as some brides are getting. It’s outside, at a ranch, under a tent. 20s circus themed (but not overdone). We are having my friend perform an aerial silks routine, a buffet taco bar for dinner and our ceremony will be under an oak tree with everyone standing up (and will clock in at around 5 minutes). 

The circus theme may be a little offbeat, but it’s more fun than anything!

Post # 82
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I love that this old thread has been resurrected – its fantastic reading through everyone’s awesome ideas for a unique and truly personal wedding! 

We’re also going down an unconventional route but not sure I’m quite as ‘offbeat’ as some of you amazing bees:

We won’t be having an engagement party, bachelor/bachelorettes, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

Our save the dates (if we bother) will be by e-mail and Facebook.  Our invites are postcards with a vintage print of our wedding location in the front (less than $1 each)

We’re having a destination wedding in Italy. It’ll be outdoors,  by the lake and will be a civil ceremony as we’re both atheists. 

There’s no theme,  just stuff we like. 

I’ll be arriving at the ceremony by motorboat

There won’t be any real flowers. 

The bridesmaids and groomsmen will be mismatched (no Maid/Matron of Honor but Fiance is having two best men)

I’ll be wearing ivory but looking for a simple vintage dress rather than a traditional wedding gown. I won’t be wearing a veil or a tiara

Our ‘reception’ is just the terrace of a nearby restaurant and there won’t be any decoration, chaircovers, centrepieces etc… The setting is pretty enough as it is! 

We won’t be having any speeches

We’re not having a cake

No bouquet toss, no garter toss

The whole day is adults only

We won’t be having another big party when we get home for people who couldn’t make it – we just want our one special day! 

Our vision is just to have a really great party in a stunning setting with amazing food, drink, live music and good company 🙂

Post # 83
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d consider our wedding “offbeat light”. It was in my dad’s backyard. I didn’t have a veil or train. The ceremony music was all by the Beatles. We had two officiants. We did a ring warming. And a giant group prayer where everyone was connected to us. The flowers were all made from paper. No wedding cake – instead we had a homemade dessert buffer. The cake we cut was a confetti cake with a bride elephant and groom panda bear topper. Flying lanterns and fireworks at the end of the night…

But we also had lots of regular wedding things – food, drinks, dancing, pictures, bridal party (though they were uneven and mine included 2 guys!) and such

Post # 84
161 posts
Blushing bee

I would consider myself off beat. Yes there are some traditional aspects I have but my wedding is at an aviation MusEum hangar and I’m wearing a 1940s style wedding dress. 🙂

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