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We love a good carnival wedding — especially when they skew a little bit vintage or dark cirque. Circus stripes, marquee lights, elephants, and top hats… These weddings truly are the greatest shows on earth.

Surprise Ceremony Halloween Carnival Party 25 scaled alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

This Hallowedding had zombie wedding ceremony script!

Our first date was the premiere episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, so obviously we had to tie Halloween/spooky/macabre into the wedding!

Vintage carnival vibes at this historic amusement park wedding

Vintage carnival vibes at this historic amusement park wedding

If it was up to my husband we would have had a wrestling wedding, but we landed on a carnival theme because we felt like there was so much we could do with it. We picked a historic site, Glen Echo Park, which was once an amusement park in the 40 and 50s and still had some of the lights and structures standing.

bPHr5hG0 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Check the LIGHT UP WEDDING DRESS at this carnival wedding

Ellie and Jake loved their school carnivals so much that they brought that vibe to their woodland wedding — with a light-up dress and light-up shoes, too.

My circus, my monkeys: our "fun" in dysfunctional wedding

My circus, my monkeys: our wedding put the “fun” in dysfunctional

Both our families are slightly unconventional, to say the least. We decided that our families put the “fun” in dysfunctional, and wanted to create a wedding day that was full of festivities to match our family’s strange dynamics. We are proud of the little family that we have, so we decided to put on a carnival-themed wedding to honor our dysfunction. Here’s how we did it…

Circus Collection for your carnival themed wedding alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Unique Vintage’s Circus Collection is so extra, it’s perfect for your awesome carnival wedding

This Circus Collection is the perfect inspiration for your carnival wedding, bridal shower, or a fun bachelorette party.

Step right up and check out this colorful cabinet (wardrobe) of curiosities…

Carnival games, carnival decor

Step right up for this carnival wedding at a vineyard (with grape stomping!)

Jenny and Victor had a luxe carnival wedding that was seriously dazzling. Think the most detailed and whimsical carnival ever with a wedding as the cherry on top. They described their goal as this: “Whimsical, carefree — an opportunity for adults to feel like kids again, joyous and accepting.”

Don’t miss the adorable first look with Jenny’s dad, the barbershop quartet, cotton candy, so many desserts, popcorn, wine, dancing, and a awesome themed cake.