I've been giving you tastes of little crocheted elements from Corinne's wedding planning updates — now it's time to get all the details from her actual wedding!
The Offbeat Bride: Corinne – Receptionist/Crafter
Her Offbeat Partner: Jesse – Kennel Technician/Dog Walker/Artist/Home Brewer/Haunted House Actor
Location & date of wedding: Jesse's brother's backyard in Wheat Ridge, CO — June 27, 2009
What made our wedding offbeat: Jesse and I don't like to be the center of attention, and since we've been together for ten years, we decided to make our wedding as much fun as possible and not so much about us but more about our families and friends.
Our ceremony was only about twenty minutes long and our officiant was our friend Dustin. Our vows involved me promising to always remember to not take life too seriously and always make him laugh. And Jesse promising to get me a dog as soon as we get a house.
We let our wedding party (or henchpeople) pick out their own outfits. I didn't even care if they wore jeans, I just wanted them to be comfortable.
Our theme was pretty much just a mixture of everything we like: homemade things, Alice in Wonderland, scary things, tea, Harry Potter, silliness, zombies, beer and mead, etc. We made almost everything ourselves like the alcohol, party favors, wedding cake, guest book, decorations, and even the bouquets and boutineers. We made Mad Lib RSVPs and gave out prizes for the best answers.
And the White Rabbit and some zombies crashed our reception.
Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was probably trying to get everything done in time. We were scrambling the morning of our wedding to get all of the tags on our homemade beer. I crocheted little guys (ninjas, pirates, zombies, pygmy puffs, mome raths, etc.) as party favors and didn't get as many done as I would have liked.
But in the end, we had to learn to let other people help us and not worry too much if everything wasn't perfect. We didn't get everything done that we would have liked, but everyone had a great time anyway.
We are lucky that our families already know that we aren't normal and didn't bat an eye when we told them we weren't going to do the bouquet or garter belt toss or shove cake in each other's faces — in fact, our cake wasn't even edible because I crocheted it.
It was very difficult for us to set up everything outside, because it rained practically every day before the wedding. But we lucked out on our actual wedding day because it didn't rain a single drop.
I also loved when Jesse's brother Paul dressed up as the White Rabbit and walked around the yard messing with people and when Jesse's friends from the haunted house dressed up like zombies and stumbled in the backyard, pretending they were going to eat everyone.
But I think my most favorite moment was when Dustin announced that we had successfully tied the knot and my new husband dipped me and gave me a big smooch!
My advice for other offbeat brides: I think the best thing I did was to not allow myself to get too stressed out over little things. In fact, I was told more than once that I was the most laid back bride that they'd ever seen.
I was concerned about having enough food for everyone and catering to the vegetarians and Celiac's disease sufferers, so we just asked people to bring food instead of gifts if they wanted (as gifts were completely optional). That way, there would be food there that they like. And instead of struggling to get all the wedding party (or henchpeople as I called them) the same outfits, I just let them wear what they wanted and we just gave them a color scheme.
In the end, because I wasn't stressed out and tried to allow everyone to have as much fun as possible, they were more relaxed and it allowed me to have more fun too.
If you happen to have wedding zombies, make sure that all of the fake blood is dry so it doesn't get all over the guests, unless they like that sort of thing.
- My dress – Amanda's Bridal
- Jesse's suit – We borrowed it from our costumer friend
- My mustache handkerchief – Etsy
- Our color changing customized party favor cups – Dollar Imprint
- Paper lanterns – The Paper Lantern Store
- Beer making supplies – Stomp Them Grapes
The rest we pretty much made ourselves
Enough talk — show me the wedding inspo!: