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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.

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Just try to take in all the carnival details at this colorful state fair wedding

This carnival meets state fair wedding is so full of color, hilarious details, games, cotton candy, lawn games, photo cut-outs, and a Coney Island-themed handmade(!) dress. Oh, and let’s not forget the groom’s amazing bedecked red suit. This is one of those weddings you just can’t help but grin at as you take it all in.

Carnival-themed wedding officated by Elvis as seen on @offbeatbride #carnival #wedding

Up your carnival-theme game: get a cotton candy machine!

So this idea works for carnival weddings, that’s a given. But really? ANY WEDDING can rock a cotton candy machine. Your sweets table, candy bar, and dessert spread is instantly that much awesome-er with the addition of delicious, fluffy, happy-inducing candy floss. I mean, just look at the faces on these kids at Christina and Michael’s carnival wedding (with Elvis officiant!). Those are some blissed-out sugar-fiends.

Where's Waldo engagement shoot as seen on @offbeatbride

It’s easy to spot the adorable at this Where’s Waldo engagement shoot

Corrie and Aaron had the most amazing Where’s Waldo engagement shoot at a one-of-a-kind amusement park called Kennywood. They had a rad-as-hell day wandering around the park, interacting with all the guests, and just having a blast as Waldo and Wilma. This shoot sets the stage for their eventual carnival-themed wedding with a bounce house, dunking booth, and bonfire. Damn, that’s a lot of fun. Let’s see it!

Carnival-themed wedding officated by Elvis as seen on @offbeatbride #carnival #wedding

Hunka hunka awesome: a carnival wedding with surprise Elvis officiant

Christina and Michael’s carnival wedding was focused on FUN. There were collections of tin toys, gags, and DIYed flowers decorating the industrial winery venue, Cerruti Cellars. Straw provided tons of carnival-inspired food and a cotton candy maker. Color us jelly and hungry. their community pitched in with a handmade cake topped with a merry-go-round tin toy. Another friend created a funny zine as their program. The funniest moment of all, though, was the surprise performance by the King himself, Elvis Presley, who officiated the ceremony. When you’ve got Elvis, cotton candy, and this gorgeous pair, you’re in for a hunka hunka eye candy. Let’s take a peek at the whole thing.

Genderqueer, sweets-loving, carousel wedding as seen on @offbeatbride

This genderqueer, sweets-loving, carousel wedding will have you in circles

A giant carousel, Mad-libs wedding advice, a gorgeous Santa Monica backdrop, loads of sweets and a killer dessert table, all surrounded by the cutest couple in pastels. This candy-filled carousel wedding is making us spin right ’round with all the love we’re seeing. Don’t miss the ultra sentimental tributes to their parents, too!

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Craft beer and games at Sam & Tony’s geeky carnival wedding

This cute pair may have encountered a little friction on their way to planning this kick-ass geek-meets-carnival wedding, but it certainly didn’t put a damper on the fun. Check out the beer, pizza truck catering, symbolic color handfasting, carnival-style details, D20 kissing game, and funny ceremony ring snafu. Oh, and don’t miss the sweet story about the father/daughter/grandfather dance!