Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

New: Custom Candy Tins, Gift Tags, Address Labels, Envelopment Folders + revised blog schedule

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Funky Wedding Invites, Personalize Your Wedding, Updates | 0 comments


It’s about time I updated you on what’s new at the shop, and trust me, there are a lot of exciting new stuff and I’m delighted to present them to you today.

customizable jelly belly candy tins

1. Custom Jelly Belly Candy Tins (yes, candy included), Favor Tags, and Address Labels 

We now (finally) offer the above mentioned in our store and the designs go with our existing invitation sets, allowing you access to a complete collection in an instant. When you click on the links, replace the names and date with your own on the text fields provided to preview how they’ll look. Here are a few samples:

(See all customizable candy tins or view them by invite design collection)

(See all favor tags or view them by invite design collection)

Owl & Pussycat (Purple) Wedding Address Labels

(See all address labels or view them by invite design collection)

2. Poptastic Bride x Envelopments

envelopment folders

Zazzle has teamed up with Envelopments which means you can now purchase their lovely envelope folders to go with Poptastic Bride’s funky wedding invites.  Keep your 5×7 invites, RSVP cards , maps, and any other insert you might want us to customize organized in style. 10 unique color options are available.

Not a shop update but I just wanted to inform you of…

3. The revised blog schedule

As I mentioned yesterday, I missed posting here after my short break but to be honest, there’s just too much going on IRL so it seems I can’t focus all my energies on blogging anymore… That doesn’t mean I’m quitting though, I love this “job” so much to give it up so I’m just giving myself a few days off. :)  Starting today, please expect to see a maximum of three real wedding / e-session / styled shoot feature posts a week (so do keep sending me those awesome non-cookie-cutter weddings because they will make their way here). The two remaining days will now be reserved for updates, printables and freebies, and other post ideas (if any) that may come up now that I’ll have a little more free time.

On that note, please allow me to thank you dear friends for your continued readership. Do come back tomorrow for a cute and playful e-session in a rustic setting. :)

Lovebird Owls Wedding Invitation Set

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Funky Wedding Invites | 2 comments

lovebird owls wedding invites

An original illustration of a couple of lovey-dovey owls are the stars of our latest wedding invitation suite, Lovebird Owls. Our groom owl looks dapper in a fedora and bow tie while pretty bride owl has on a flower garland headdress — I know, so twee! A repeating retro-style flower pattern adorns the back of the invites for a bit of Bohemian flair.

I’ve been drawing a lot of owls and flowers for another project lately so I suddenly felt compelled to make these well-dressed lovebirds. What do you think? :) Incidentally I can customize the colors of this invite set to suit your motif, just shoot me a note via the contact form.

Matching Save the Dates, RSVP cards, postage, stickers, labels, table numbers, thank you cards, and other paraphernalia are also available. Please visit the shop to see the rest of the Lovebird Owls Wedding Invitation Set.

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to make a freebie as I’ve been busy working on the new look of our online t-shirt store Poptastic Tees (have you been to it yet? Feel free to have a look around.) but I promise to make it up to you next week. Ciao for now!

12 Wedding Limo Alternatives & Fun Bridal Transportation Ideas

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Certified Poptastic!, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

wedding car alternatives

It’s time for another roundup and today I’m sharing some alternative bridal transportation ideas from our previously featured Poptastic Bride weddings. The mood and tone of your wedding + the location of your ceremony and reception venues play a major part in deciding what transportation to choose so some of these may be irrelevant to you… Nevertheless I’m sharing them all so you can see the different non-limo ways you can get from point A to point B!

1. BICYCLES are a practical, fun, and not to mention green way to get from one place to another. It’s perfect for informal celebrations where the reception venue is quite close to the ceremony

bikes -- wedding car alternative

Jessica & Jeff’s Multicultural Commitment Ceremony Celebration, photo by Debra Gulbas Photography

2. A PEDICAB. Another inexpensive, green, and quite quirky way to arrive at your reception venue in style.

wedding car alternatives

Jax & Michael’s Eclectic Bring-Your-Own-Awesome Wedding, photo by Harper Point Photography

pedicab - wedding transport alternatives

Kelly & John’s Urban-Cool Architectural Wedding, photo by Carolyn Scott Photography

3. CANOES or SAILBOATS. If you’re having a lakeside or beachside ceremony, a leisurely boat ride is a lovelyway to get to places.

wedding car alternatives

Rene and Adam’s sweet, picture-perfect lakeside wedding, photo by Sikora Photography

4. A PICKUP TRUCK. Why pay for costly transportation services when you can ride in the back of a familiar truck (and get awesome photo opportunities like this!)

wedding car alternatives

Stephanie & Ryan’s Fun and No-Frills Summer BBQ Wedding, photos by Chris Cudney Photography

Here’s another wedding that used a pickup (the groom’s, actually) to transport their bridal entourage around:

wedding car alternatives

Rachel & Mitchell’s Laid-Back Wedding with an Urban Edge, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography

5. A WAGON. If you’re getting married in a farm, why not use what’s available. Wagons, spiffied up, make charmingly rustic getaway “cars”.

tractor wedding car alternatives

Lauren & Parker’s Bright and Happy DIY Farmer’s Market Wedding, photo by Katie Snyder Photography

6. A GOLF CART. The solution for moving around in garden weddings and receptions in sprawling areas.

wedding car alternatives

Jennifer & Doug’s DIY “Key” Themed Wedding, photos by Misty Minna Photography

7. MOTORCYCLES. Just as practical as the bicycle but a notch edgier, motorbikes are perfect for couples who want to stay true to their non-conformist rock and roll personalities.

motorcycle - wedding car alternatives

Tara & Matt’s Vintage Chic Americana Wedding (Part 1), photo by Chloe Moore Photography

Another fun wedding that used a motorbike as a getaway vehicle:

motorbike - alternative wedding cars

Clara & Sam’s 5-Day Wedding and Camping Weekend (Part 2), photo by Photokino.at 

8. VINTAGE CARS. If you own one — or if there’s somebody you can borrow one from — you can drive your way to the reception in totally hip fashion.

cheery pensacola wedding

Kelsey & Kyle’s Bright, Bold & Cheery Temecula Winery Wedding (Part 1), photos by True Photography

9. BUSES or CAMPERVANS. Another great, retro, and quite trendy way to transport you and your spouse and even your bridal party around.

wedding car alternatives

Cassie & Adam’s DIY Historic Pensacola Museum Wedding with Retro Flair, photo by Aislinn Kate Photography

10. A HORSE. Assuming you know how to mount and ride one, arriving at your reception via horseback lends a fairytale-like air to the celebration.

wedding limo alternatives

Brandy & Robert’s Falling Waters Lodge Wedding, photo by Cariad Photography

11. A CARDBOARD CAR. Having your ceremony and reception in the same place? Make a quirky cardboard car for your getaway car photo opportunity needs. :)

cardboard car - wedding car alternatives

Joanne & Drew’s Playful and Artistic Ravinia Wedding, photos by JWiley Photography

12. YOUR FEET. All that planning stressed you out so take some sweet time after the ceremony to WALK with your loved one all the way to your reception venue.

walk -- wedding car alternatives

Mel & Evan’s Sweet New York City Elopement, photo by JBM Wedding Photography

Another option is to DANCE your way to the reception area. It totally makes a fabulous entrance, as you can see below.

dance - wedding reception entrance

Liz & Philip’s Funky, Cool, and Yellow CAM Raleigh Wedding, photos by Blest Photography

Do you have any other ideas for limo alternatives / inexpensive wedding transportation? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Art Deco Wedding Invitation Suite + Free Printable Mr. and Mrs. Signs!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Certified Poptastic!, Funky Wedding Invites | 0 comments

art deco great gatsby wedding invitations

I know many of you are having Art Deco-inspired weddings given the popularity of modern vintage wedding themes and of course the re-emergence of all things Great Gatsby… so I whipped up this simple and elegant art deco-esque invitation set. The fresh mint, gold, and chocolate color scheme gives it a contemporary twist, don’t you think?

The front and back of the invitation (click through for a bigger view):

Matching Save the Date, RSVP, table number cards, postage, envelopes, labels and seals are also available and as always, you can personalize the details in a matter of minutes from the comforts of your home. (If you need the design in a different color scheme, just shoot me an e-mail.)

* View the entire Modern Vintage Art Deco Wedding Invitation Set *

Wait, there’s more. I also made printable art deco Mr. and Mrs. Signs, free for your taking of course!

free art deco mr. and mrs. sign printable

You likey? Get them from the freebies section!

5 Wedding Speech Tips from Movies

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Personalize Your Wedding | 1 comment

As you already know, we’re all about taking inspiration from unlikely sources including the world outside the realm of weddings. Since I don’t get to tackle the topic of wedding speeches much around here (actually I haven’t tackled it at all), I thought you’d have a blast reading this guest post by Roger Kethcart featuring speech tips with some lessons drawn from pretty well-known movies. Feel free to pass this on to your fathers, mothers, attendants, and anyone tasked to make the speech on your special day. :)

5 Wedding Speech Tips from Movies

Wedding speeches: heartfelt, compelling, loving, nerve-racking, a disaster. One of the most difficult things to do at a wedding, other than the actual nuptials for the couple, is the wedding speech. There is a certain level of finesse that needs to be incorporated to make a great speech. Taking some cues from wedding movies on Cable.tv, you can truly give the perfect speech.

1. Be honest and happy for your child. Father of the Bride (1991)

Although this isn’t a direct, verbal speech, it is as close to one as you can get. The father of the bride, played by Steve Martin, is a nervous wreck as he’s giving his only daughter away at her wedding. His speech or rather thoughts are a heartfelt, honest, loving and a bit sad; a great representation of what a father’s speech should be like at a wedding.

2. Highlight the similarities. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

“We all different, but in the end we all fruit.” This quote from the father of the bride in this hilarious wedding comedy is a perfect representation of what to say in a cross-culture wedding. With more couples of different races, ethnicities and religions getting married, it’s important for their families and friends to also accept their union. Find a commonality between the two, and make it funny.

3. Keep yourself in check. The Wedding Singer (1998)

Simply put, don’t drink too much. Especially if you’re giving a speech at the wedding. Alcohol makes you say things you would normally not say, and perhaps do things you would not, or should not do. Along this note, don’t bring up the dirty past. Be happy for the couple, there’s no need to bring up your own issues or instances in the past.

4. Keep it simple. The Wedding Date (2005)

The simplest and most heartfelt speeches are often those that the attendees and the bride and groom appreciate the most. Let’s be honest, although in-depth dramatic speeches can add a little something to the wedding, a simple speech will keep everyone’s attention, especially if it’s sweet and sincere. Also, if you’re related or closer to either the bride or the groom, show the other some love by highlighting one of their best traits.

5. Ask for help. The Wedding Planner (2001)

At the beginning of the movie, Mary played, by Jennifer Lopez, recites the best man’s speech for him through an earpiece. Whether she wrote it or not, it’s likely the best man would not have been able to do it without her help. Writing a speech can be very difficult and nerve-racking; ask a close friend or another member of the wedding party or family for help. They’ll most likely love to help and can add some additional insight that will make the perfect speech.

These five tips are sure to help you write and give the appropriate speech for any wedding, whether it’s ultra-casual or super formal.

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Roger is a lover of weddings and what they communicate publicly about the nature and beauty of love.  He has been happily married to the love of his life for over six years now and has personally delivered two best man speeches.  An entertainment writer by trade, he writes over at Cable.tv and can be found on Twitter @RKCart.