Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

NEW Rustic & Whimsical Floral Wreath Wedding Invites

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, Funky Wedding Invites | 0 comments

I have TWO new invitation collections that are perfect for your spring and summer weddings!

rustic floral wreath wedding invitations

The Whimsical Woodland Floral Wreath Wedding Invitation Set features an eclectic mix of woodland flora and leaves on (option 1) a dark brown wood texture background and (option 2) a chalkboard background (below). This collection is perfect for outdoor / spring / summer weddings with a casual and relaxed feel. All graphics are original, lovingly hand-drawn on my wacom so this design is exclusive to the brand. Just contact me for customization, like if you want another background or if you’d like me to include specific flowers in the wreath.

{ See the entire collection here }

rustic flower wreath wedding invitations

The Rustic Flower Wreath Wedding Invitation Suite has a romantic, elegant feel. It features a floral wreath and it comes in three color motifs – brown (pictured above), mint, and coral (below). This collection suits outdoor / garden weddings with a formal or classic theme. Again, just shoot me a message if you’d like the colors or flowers customized, or if you want the design applied to another item.

See the entire collection here }

Finally, I’d like to remind you that I can make you a custom portrait for your invitations and save the dates! Here’s a recent one I made for a lovely family of three: Brenda, Peter, and Kayla*.

custom whimsical couple or family portraits

You can click on the image for a closer view. Brenda and Peter wanted to include their  2-year-old daughter Kayla in their wedding portrait and invites. Isn’t she just so adorable? Brenda is German so little Kayla is wearing a traditional dirndl. I asked them to provide me with photos + descriptions of their wedding attire as well as clothes they love to wear and this is the result.

If you’re interested in having me make you a custom portrait, please visit this page for more information. :)

*names have been altered for the family’s privacy

NEW: Custom Couple Portrait Wedding Save the Date Cards

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, Funky Wedding Invites, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

custom couple indie portrait save the date invitations

Just a quick note to let you know that we have a new design for my custom couple portrait wedding invitation line. (Get a load of those scalloped edges, why don’t you! In fact, all of our 5″x7″ invitations now have the scalloped edge option available *happy dance*, just remember to choose that option when you personalize your invite.)

As always, you can customize the colors to suit your motif. If you resemble any of the couples in the examples, you are welcome to purchase the invites as they are, but if you want me to draw YOU, I would love that too. :) If you are having portraits made, you will be entitled to discounted rates on the invites. More information on pricing and other details are [ here ].

* Click here to see the Save the Date templates in the store *

Perfect your wedding day smile with the help of Martha Stewart!

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Special Services | 0 comments

martha stewart weddings casting call

Calling all brides! Martha Stewart wants you to perfect your wedding day smile and share your experience! :)

Personally this casting call couldn’t have come at a better time since I just spent an hour at the dentist so I’m feeling all smiley… but enough about me, this is about YOU. Do you want a perfect smile on your wedding day? Then don’t miss this exciting initiative!

If chosen, you will…
1. Receive FREE professional teeth-straightening treatment
2. Be a regular guest-blogger on and appear in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine to share your experience.

What they need from you…
1. Your name
2. Your wedding date (which must be in 2015)
3. 2-3 photos of yourself (don’t forget to include a close up of that awesome smile!)
4. A few sentences about why you’d like to participate.

E-mail these details to

Easy right? Go grab this fantastic opportunity now!

NEW: Custom Couple Portraits, Industrial Steampunk Invitations & Bridal Party Wristlets

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Funky Wedding Invites, New at Poptastic Bride Shop, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

custom couple illustrations on wedding invitations


Since this blog is all about non-cookie-cutter weddings and personalizing your special day, I thought it would be a good idea to start taking in custom orders for couple illustrations. I’ve been thinking about offering this service for a while, actually but knew my blogging schedule would be compromised. Ever since I’ve lessened the frequency of my posting, I’ve been able to do much more with my time so I finally feel ready to commit to the effort. Longtime readers (and those of you who’ve strayed into my about page) already know that I’m a graphic designer by trade so it’s about time I put them skillz to use before they turn rusty, eh?  ;) If you’re interested in having little ol’ me make you a couple portrait (in the minimalist style depicted above) and / or place it on paper products, this is the page to check out.

I’d also like to introduce you to some newcomers in the Poptastic Bride Invitation Store:


Funky Flowers Wedding Invitation 
Funky Flowers Wedding Invitation
Funky Flowers Wedding RSVP Custom Announcement 
Funky Flowers Wedding RSVP Custom Announcement

** See the complete set [GO]

** If you think this design looks familiar, that’s because it matches the FUNKY RETRO FLOWERS BOX TEMPLATE printable over at the freebies section!


Steampunk Gears Wedding Personalized Announcement
Steampunk Gears Wedding Personalized Announcement
Steampunk Gears Wedding RSVP Postcard
Steampunk Gears Wedding RSVP Postcard

** See the complete set [GO]


funky personalized wristlets for bridesmaids


Wondering what to give your bridesmaids? Or your favorite wedding vendor? Or simply yourself as a pat on the back for a job well done planning your wedding? May I invite you to take a look at our collection of chic and customizable wristlets. You can personalize the bags with your recipient’s (or your) name or initial / monogram. [ GO ]


groovy neckties for groomsmen


I haven’t forgotten about you grooms and your groomsmen. We have fun neckties with groovy prints — mixtapes, robots, lips & mustaches, hipster shiz, sushi, and did I mention robots? — for the men in your bridal entourage to rock. [ GO ]

A few more fun gift items — all customizable — that I want you to know about (didn’t I say I have more time these days!) :)

* Cosmetic Kits (with the same funky patterns on the wristlets) — here and here

* Compact Mirrors (just add your recipient’s name) — here

* Wallets — here and here

* Nail art! — here

and my favorite…

* Luggage tags — here and here

10 Ways to Inject Personality Into Your Wedding Details

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, Non-Traditional Wedding Themes, Personalize Your Wedding | 1 comment

personalized wedding details

Last week I compiled 20 Non-traditional Ways a Wedding Ceremony can be Personalized. Today, for the last part of our annual wedding recaps, I’ve listed down 10 Fun Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Details, inspired by the couples we featured in 2013. Let’s go!

1. Express yourself through your attire — or in this case, your shoes.

hand painted wedding shoes

This bride’s shoes were hand painted customized shoes.  If you can’t paint them yourself, you can hire a designer — or ask an artistic friend — to decorate it for you.

From Vaso & Tim’s Intimate Alternative Chic Wedding and Photo Shoot, photos by Mike L. Photography

comic themed wedding shoes

This bride decoupaged her favorite comic book pages onto her shoes herself.

From Erica & Rob’s Sci-Fi, Comic Books, and Video Games-inspired DIY Wedding, photos by Victoria Sprung Photography

2. Concoct your own refreshments.

craft beer as favors

You can even design the labels for each of them as this couple did for a personal touch. “My husband and his best man have been brewing beer over the course of the past four years. To make the wedding special, they decided to brew the beer for the wedding. They did 250 bottles of 5 different beers.”

From Melissa & Steve’s DIY Travel-themed Wedding with a Rose Ceremony and Personal Craft Beer, photos by Rachael Foster Photography

3. Design details to reflect your profession or passions.

button boutonierres

This architect couple added a little hard hat and ruler  to the groom’s boutonniere.

From April & Manny’s Modern, Chic and Artistic Architecture-themed Wedding, photos by Joel H. Garcia Photography

superhero wedding cufflinks

The groom made the Superhero boutonnieres out of little action figures and picked matching cuff links for the groomsmen.

From Steph & Derek’s Casual, Cozy and Crafty DIY Wedding in Santa Monica, photos by Imagine Photography

4. Can’t decide on a theme? Make it a conglomeration of things you like.

leopard print candy shoppe wedding

The couple loves music and sweets, and the bride adores leopard print so guess what their theme was?

From Kirstie & Liam’s DIY Leopard Print Sweet Shop Music Themed Lochside Wedding, photos by Borja Prada Garcia

geeky weddings

This couple loves sci fi, comics, and video games. “We named our tables instead of numbering them after various locations in our favorite games and movies (Hyrule, Millenium Falcon, Aperture Science).”

Erica & Rob’s Sci-Fi, Comic Books, and Video Games-inspired DIY Wedding, photos by Victoria Sprung Photography

halloween save the date

The bride and groom are big fans of Halloween and movies, but didn’t want a horror movie wedding.  “We decided to use the late October date and have a costume party instead of a rehearsal dinner.”

From Sara & Wallace’s 1920s-inspired Silent Film-themed Wedding, photos by Kickstand Studio

steampunk wedding

“We met online, using screen names that reflected some of our interests: steampunk for him, birds for her. As we dated, we shared those interests through literature, travel, and outings. When it came time to plan our wedding, we had fun with it by incorporating some of those elements that had helped intertwine us throughout our relationship. Between the clothes, the hats, the cake, and small accents like gears and peacock feathers, we found a way to put our personal touch on the wedding, tying it in to the journey that had led us here. ”

From Amber & Michael’s Intimate and Intricate Victorian Steampunk Wedding, photos by Innamorata Photography

5. Or let your choice of venue decide your theme.

vitnage cars wedding

“The location pretty much gave us the theme with the vintage cars. ”

From Emily & Andy’s Chic, Modern and Bright-hued Chicago Wedding, photos by Rebecca Marie Photography & Design

6. Tired of the usual cake and sweets spread? Here are examples of Wedding Dessert Buffet Alternatives:

sweet an salty wedding candy bar

This couple added ‘salty’ options to incorporate a true happy hour feel upon arrival. They served as their appetizers/snacks for the performance during the ceremony. 

From Becky & Benjamin’s Whimsy-and-Detail-Rich Old World Circus-themed Wedding, photos by Sweetness and Light Photography

pretzel bat

“The candy “bars” have been quite popular so we went a different route and did a Gus’ pretzel bar.”

From Alicia & Stephen’s Shiny, Sparkly and Spunky Teal and Pink Wedding, photos by Conner Photography

popcorn station

This couple had a colorful popcorn bar which they served in plastic pails and shovels to match their beach wedding.

From Patti & Shawn’s Sweet Sun-Kissed DIY Tropical Oasis Wedding, photos by Concept Photography

goldfish biscuit bar wedding

“We wanted the details to represent who we are, so we included our favorite books as a part of our centerpieces, a Pepperidge Farm goldfish bar in honor of our favorite snack.”

From Laura & Dan’s Fun & Funky Willowdale Estate Wedding, photos by Kristin Chalmers Photography

candy bar wedding

This couple’s candy bar featured specially hand-picked treats.

From Nerissa & Kevin’s Bright and Happy DIY Wedding with a Dash of Superheroes, photos by Chicks That Click

7. Not much for tradition? Here are new spins on classic wedding customs.

bar wedding portrait

Instead of the classic couple portrait, this couple posed for a fun and quite different shot to reflect who they are. “Stephen works at a bar right by the church so we walked across the street and we took a quick pic of him behind the bar serving me a shot.”

From Alicia & Stephen’s Shiny, Sparkly and Spunky Teal and Pink Wedding, photos by Conner Photography

tunnel run wedding

This couple did a tunnel run up to the cake cutting. “So many times the cake cutting gets lost in the shuffle, but this tradition brought everyone out of their seats in an inventive way from the dance floor to the cake service.”

From Ashley & Andrew’s Sweet, Casual and Low-Key California Ranch Wedding, photos by AzulOx Photography

wedding pie

The couple prefers pie to cake so…

From Megan & Oliver’s DIY Detail-Rich Victorian Steampunk Wedding, photos by BG Productions

first dance video game wedding

In this video game themed wedding, the couple’s first dance was the routine in Just Dance 3 to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

From Chris & Mike’s Fun Blue, White, and Glittery Video Game Wedding, photos by De Nueva Photography

mid-century dinner style wedding

The couple patterned their reception after a mid-century dinner party. “Jesse and I love throwing dinner parties for our friends–decadent, multi-course affairs that last for hours. It was a no-brainer, then, that we wanted our wedding to have the feel of one of our intimate fetes, kicked up a notch or five. ”

From Becca & Jesse’s Cozy and Fancy Mid-Century Dinner Party Wedding, photos by Yaritza Colon Photography

8. Inject some fun into your bridal party photos.

basketball bridal party

A spontaneous game of bridal party-basketball ensued as they walked around to find spots for photo opportunities so the photographer took the chance to take some awesome shots.

From Kathy & Andrew’s Cool and Casual Stockroom Raleigh Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

bowling wedding party

This couple had a bowling party at their wedding… which made for really cool bridal party group shots.

Heather & Steve’s Epic Eco-Friendly DIY Wedding (with a Bowling Party!), photos by Kristen Schueler Photography

9. Think of ways to “spoil” your guests and they will remember your wedding fondly.

caricature artist wedding

The couple kept their guests in mind throughout the planning process. “They wanted their family and friends to feel completed spoiled. From the trolley transportation that towed them from place to place, to the caricature artist, to the favors distributed throughout the day and evening, their guests were happy campers. ”

From Sarah & Kevin’s Creative Crafts-filled Corks and Cameras Wedding, photos by Paige Winn Photo

10. Baby and Family Photos work wonders in making an event feel intimate and personal.

diy wedding centerpiece

In this wedding, each table had a different centerpiece arrangement consisting of old books, antique bottles, lace doilies, votives + a childhood photo of the bride or groom.  

From Shannon & Rob’s DIY Evergreen Gardens Wedding, photos by Melisa Draper Photography

festive colorful wedding

The bride made a little wedding newspaper with stories about each of the wedding party that she wrote, and some of her friends wrote funny stories about them that were added in, as well as the story of how they met.

From Tracy & Marius’ Festive and Colorful DIY Wedding in South Africa, photos by Liesl Basson

Did this roundup inspire you to come up with your own unique wedding themes+ personalize your own wedding details? Feel free to share this list with your fellow brides!

*  For even more funky wedding ideas, check out our Personalize Your Wedding archive.