Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

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

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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.

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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!)

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Summer / Beach Wedding Invitation Sets + Free Printable Cupcake Flags & Cocktail Glass Tags

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Certified Poptastic!, Funky Wedding Invites | 0 comments

I have a short and sweet store update for you today. We have new invitation sets!

The first one is actually from last week and it features mason jars, sunflowers, and red gingham — perennial rustic summer wedding favorites!

mason jar & sunflowers invitation suite

Mason Jars and Sunflowers Summer Wedding Invitation Set 

Rustic Mason Jar & Sunflowers Wedding Custom Announcement
Rustic Mason Jar & Sunflowers Wedding Custom Announcement
Rustic Mason Jar & Sunflowers Wedding Reception Invite
Rustic Mason Jar & Sunflowers Wedding Reception Invite

The set comes with an invitation, an RSVP card, a reception card, a save the date card, address labels, favor and envelope seals, postage, table number cards, and other elements. All items can be customized online, just replace the names and details with yours in the provided text fields – yup right from the comforts of home. Please visit the shop to see the entire set.

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The latest suite is inspired by all the beach weddings I’ve been featuring on this site. This set features seashells, starfish, and other marine life forms arranged in the form of a heart. Everything is bathed in sunny yellow and orange hues.

seashells and starfish beach wedding invitations

Seashells and Starfish Beach Wedding Invitation Set

Seashells & Starfish Heart Beach Wedding Custom Invitation
Seashells & Starfish Heart Beach Wedding Custom Invitation – FRONT
Seashells & Starfish Heart Beach Wedding Custom Invitation
Seashells & Starfish Heart Beach Wedding Custom Invitation – BACK

Elements include an invitation, an RSVP card, a matching envelope, address labels, seals and stickers, stamps, and more. Visit the shop to see the entire collection.

And as promised, I have a printable for you to match this beach wedding set. Cupcake flags and cocktail glass tags!

free beach wedding cupcake flags and cocktail name tags

The starfish-and-seashell-pattern cupcake flags will cheer up any beach wedding dessert spread. The name tags, meanwhile, will prevent lost or misplaced cocktails once your beach party is in full swing! Grab the printable from our freebies section.

Your wedding’s all perfectly planned out… but are you covered? Here’s how you can protect your special day!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Special Services | 0 comments

While planning a wedding we tend to focus on the fun parts — the cool wedding theme, details and decor to DIY, and how to make the event special and memorable for our guests. No one wants to think about the unthinkable — the hitches that may happen be they no-show vendors, cancellations, unexpected extreme weather, or *knock on wood* illnesses and accidents.

The fact is unprecedented snags that threaten our day do happen whether we like it or not (well of course we don’t) so we really must consider “grownup” stuff like wedding insurance. To put it simply, with wedding insurance coverage all you have to think about is celebrating your wedding and having a grand old time surrounded by those you love.

(Image from Jenn & Mike part 1: A Rainy Day Wedding and Baptism on the Beach, photo by Red Bird Hills Photography)

And thankfully Markel Wedding Insurance  who specializes in coverage for weddings and other private events can help protect your special day. Markel is a trusted name in insurance, having earned an Excellence Rating by A.M. Best, a 3rd-party agency that’s been assessing insurance companies for over 100 years.

How can Markel protect your wedding? There are two ways:

1. Wedding Cancellation Insurance

Let’s say you’ve already booked your dream venue whose package already includes your choice of photographer, among other vendors.  Just when you think that all is smooth sailing, the photographer calls a week later to say that he can no longer photograph your wedding as the said venue still owed him money from previous weddings. What a nightmare! Now you have to find another photographer whom you’ll have to pay separately as the venue had already accepted your payment for the package which included the original photographer. It’s not only a waste of money, it’s also a waste of precious time!

However if you purchase Markel’s Wedding Cancellation Coverage prior to booking your venue, the deposit you paid for your original photographer can be reimbursed. Markel can also pay for another photographer to complete additional services you specified in the original contract in case your 2nd chosen photographer is unable to perform them.

Aside from allowing you to recover lost deposits, with this coverage you can also be reimbursed for lost or stolen jewelry and gifts, damage to your wedding dress, and any additional expenses you may incur.

2. Wedding Liability Insurance / Wedding Reception Insurance

You are now at the wedding venue you’ve always pictured in your mind, reveling in the joy of your wedding day and enjoying your reception. Suddenly one of hubby’s pals, having had one drink too many, attempts a headstand on the dance floor, fails miserably, and breaks a few of the venue’s chairs. Obviously you’re not at fault but technically, since he incurred damage to the property during your event, you’ll have to pay for the damages. And if he gets hurt, you might have to pay for the hospital bills as well! SO not a good way to start off a marriage, right?

But if you have Markel’s Wedding Liability Insurance which includes coverage for the entire event (including the rehearsal dinner if held within 48 hours of the ceremony and even the setting up / removing of decorations if within 24 hours of the event date), you can rest easy that you and your groom are protected from any financial loss. Even if the venue has liquor liability coverage, they don’t cover the bride/groom if they are sued. It’s a good idea to check with your venue to see if they require event liability insurance (as many venues now actually require it).

The two insurance policies I detailed above can be purchased individually but for total protection, I recommend getting them both as a package.

(Image from Denise & LJ’s Techno Music Party in a Vineyard Wedding, photo by Anna Bruce Photography)

Markel’s coverage will definitely give you peace of mind so you don’t need to worry about what-if scenarios and instead focus on the fun details of your big day. And with policies starting at $75, it’s highly worth it! Get a quote now.

If you need more information on why wedding insurance is necessary, see the FAQ.

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