Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Certified Poptastic 14: Seriously Lovely Finds

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 0 comments


Happy April Fool’s Sunday everyone! Welcome to the regular roundup of pretty things that caught my eye — and heart — this week (for real, ok? :))

lee dewyze engagement session

Swoon-worthy: American Idol season 9 winner Lee Dewyze’ suh-weet musical engagement session, found on Green Wedding Shoes.

Coldplay engagement shoot

Stunning: a Coldplay-inspired engagement styled shoot, found on HiFi Weddings.

vintage diy wedding

Sunflowers!: A bright and cheery vintage DIY wedding, found on Apple Brides.

quirky engagement session

So quirky: A whimsical save-the-date and engagement session, fond on Beyond Beyond.


So easy: A quick and simple origami rose, Make a few, add stems and leaves, group them together… voila! Your DIY paper bouquet. 🙂

sneak peeks

Sneak Peeks: Stop by this week to see what these images are all about!

Indie Wedding Music: Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) | Regina Spektor

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Indie Wedding Music | 0 comments

what we saw from the cheap seats regina spektor Back in the early days (ahem, early 2010 — waaaay before I posted regular real wedding features), what kept this blog going were the indie rock love song / wedding music posts. And then sometime last year the songs stopped coming (here’s my last post) because I had started learning Nihongo and got totally immersed in all things J-music.

Well, I’m back in twee-and-power-pop-listening shape and I hope to continue sharing fun music that catches my fancy with you much more regularly again!

Today we have a cute, bubble-gummy finger-snapper by Regina Spektor unveiled just a few days ago titled Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas), a second song from her upcoming album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. 

Reginaphiles (or Spektorphiles?) should already recognize the tune as it’s a re-recording of Ne Me Quitte Pas, a cover of Jacques Brel’s classic, from her 2002 album Songs. I have to admit that this 2012 version is much more bouncy and catchy! Give it a listen below:

Regina Spektor’s album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats will be released on May 29, 2012 but you can pre-order it from Amazon.

25 Fun and Colorful Retro Wedges for You and Your Bridesmaids

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Hip Wedding Fashion | 2 comments

By now you already know that this site is not at all about following seasonal wedding trends. However if there’s one fad that I am completely in support of, it’s the emergence of wedge sandals as alternatives to the more formal (and traditional) bridal heels. In fact, we’ve already seen four brides — LaurenAbbeyErin and Mica — rock this look at their weddings on this blog.

bridal wedges

(Clockwise from left: Mica’s purple Melissa wedges, Erin’s glittery Butter wedges, and Abbey’s sparkly Toms wedges)

Wedge heel sandals like the 25 colorful statement shoes I handpicked below can let you express yourself as creatively as you want while providing both style and, most importantly, comfort since they offer more stability than the typical heel.  Trust me on this one — with all the activity you’ll be doing before and during your special day, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor by choosing relatively feet-friendlier footwear!

Here now is a selection of the latest (and cutest!) wedges from our site sponsors.

* This post contains affiliate links which means a purchase will financially support the maintenance of this blog.

Funky retro wedges in bright and bold solid colors:

colorful retro wedges for the bride and bridal party

[1]  Show Starting Heel in Red [2] Resorts Best-Dressed Wedge [3] Platform Follows Function Wedge [4] Levels of Fun Platform [5] Fruit as a Button Wedge [6] Subject to Change Wedge

Wedges with fun graphics and patterns

patterned retro wedges

[7] Plaid Hoc Wedge [8] Mainstay the Evening Wedge [9] Basket Ball Wedge [10] Ripe This Way Wedge [11] Bouquet By The Bay

If sweet pastel prints are more your thing…

pastel printed wedges

[12] Big Buddha – Fiona (Cream Multi) Wedge [13] Fashionable Bird Feeder Wedge [14] Across the Celebration Wedge [15] I See The Pattern Wedge [16] Zigi – Rush (Beige Multi) – Wedge

Classic woven-soled and cork-bottomed wedges

cork bottomed woven soled wedges

[17] Treasure Eyelet Wedge [18] Flower of Love Wedge [19] Weave Me Speechless Wedge [20] Boardwalk Arcade Wedge [21] Rocket Dog – Dana (Red Paradise Stripe) Wedge

Colorful and busy-printed closed-toe / peep-toe platform wedges

closed-toe-peep-toe-wedges

[22] Steve Madden – Pammyy (Bright Multi) – Platform Wedges [23] Class at the Conservatory Wedge [24] Betsey Johnson For the Winsome Wedge [25] Steve Madden – Pammyy (Multi) – Platform Wedges

* All shoes are available from ModCloth.com and Zappos.com

Certified Poptastic 13: Chic and affordable bridal dresses + sneak peeks

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 0 comments

I didn’t have time to blog hop so much this week but I know everyone’s abuzz over our site sponsor ShopRuche.com‘s new bridal collection. Well who wouldn’t be excited over the super chic styles at such affordable price tags?!

For instance, would you believe that these lovely dresses go for under $100?

bridal dresses under 100 dollars shop ruche

L-R: Addison Eve, $75.99 / Gemma Lynn, $88.99

… and that these pretty bridesmaid dresses are under $60?

affordable bridesmaid dresses under $60

L-R: Anthurium Dress, $54.99 / Iris Purple Dress, $52.99

Their bridal accessories are nothing short of ravishing too…

affordable bridal accessories shop ruche
Sweeping Waltz Capelet
, $48.99 / Spirits Entwined Flower Crown, $43.99

shop ruche bridal

Hungry for more? Check out the gorgeousness over at ShopRuche.com.

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I can’t do a weekly roundup without a link to a freebie, can I? Here’s free printable wrapping paper with a charming doily pattern:

doilies craft paper

Use it to wrap your favors and gifts. Get it here (found on Daily Suze)

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I don’t think I’ve already mentioned it but you can now view our real wedding, engagement, or styled shoot features by location or by photographer via the sitemap. This is of course handy for choosing and narrowing down awesome, non-cookie-cutter vendors who service your area!

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And finally, here are sneak peeks of what you can expect to see here this week:

wedding sneak peeks

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Free printable “Just Married” garland in spring colors

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in DIY Projects | 3 comments

Confession: my birthday is only a couple days away! (Yup, mine, not the blog’s. :)) February was hectic for me both online and off so I wasn’t able to write a 2-year anniversary post. What I wanted to say though is that I really appreciate all the good vibes that you, dear friends, have been throwing my way.

When I started Poptastic Bride in early 2010, all I thought I wanted was a way to get word out on my invitation store but because I’ve been obsessed with weddings since the day I got engaged (way back in 2002!), the blog began to write itself. Two years later I am still in disbelief that its reader count is more than the expected 4: my husband, parents, and cat (it’s true, he browses it on the tablet). 🙂

It’s not nearly enough but right now all I can offer in thanks for your continued support, aside from the promise that I will keep on blogging about fun, creative & inspiring weddings, is this free printable — a “Just Married” garland in the colors I picked for the funky spring inspiration board I posted a while back.

free printable just married garland

The letters for “Just Married” are set against retro-ish patterns I quickly whipped up. Here’s a closer look:

garland patterns

The garland rectangles are 5.25″ x 7″ each in size and are arranged in twos per A4 sheet in the PDF file. Print them on card stock, punch holes at the upper corners, and thread a ribbon through them. Use it for your couple portraits, hang it at your reception site, or have it dangle from behind your chairs.

just married garland

If you think you can have a use for it, you may get it here (230k zipped file). Don’t forget to send a photo of it in action!