Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

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!

Certified Poptastic 12: Silent Film Wedding Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 0 comments

I know a lot of you enjoyed the fabulous Dudley Do-Right silent film parody engagement session I posted last Friday (who wouldn’t, right?). The recent success of The Artist has been inspiring everyone to come up with old timey styled shoots too so I thought of gathering some vintage inspiration for you in case you’d like your own silent film-inspired wedding or e-session.

Mood and fashion inspiration: Fine Art America sells amazing prints of stills from silent films and you can browse through dozens of posters of couples and poses you can emulate for your shoots. My favorites are the following: a mini theater window shot and the vintage couple on a tandem bike.

silent film wedding inspiration

couple on a tandem bike

Stationery: Silent-film inspired cards from Starshaped Press on etsy

silent film inspired cards

A silent movie inspired wedding invitation: The Proposal, uploaded by sanjea.

Silent Film Title Printables: downloadable silent film inspired title boxes that you can use as table numbers or photo booth message boards.

silent film titles printable

Silent film score: Incompetech offers royalty-free silent film style music for personal use, just remember to credit the composer especially if you’re posting it online.

Silent film fonts: Vintage style type you can use for title cards and your stationery, hand-picked from Dafont (free for personal use): Bellerose, Chocolate Box, Fontleroy Brown, Noir-et-Blanc, Rechtman

silent film fonts

More silent film inspiration: How does a Steamboat Willie-inspired engagement shoot sound to you? Personally I think it would rock! Mickey & Minnie’s outfits are pretty cute too.

steamboat willie inspired engagement shoot

Sneak Peeks! As always I’ve got some fantastic features lined up so stop by this week to see what these photos are all about. 🙂

Certified Poptastic 11: Funky Spring Wedding Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 0 comments

Since most of you are springing forward today,  instead of presenting the usual weekly roundup I thought I’d make you a spring-flavored wedding inspiration board. This collection of pastel hued awesomeness includes DIY touches and, of course, a funky retro vibe in true Poptastic Bride tradition. 🙂 Please see the legend below the image for credits.

funky spring wedding ideas

Suggested color palette: turquoise, deep blush, mimosa, celery, carrot

1. Spring wedding craft idea: fan-fold paper flowers (source: Pinterest)
2. Cute headpiece: a handmade beaded floral headband (source: Haus of Mirth)
3. Option for your bridal party: blue “Just the Dot of You Dress” (source: ModCloth)
4. Vintage garden fabric flower statement necklace (source: Rosy Posy Designs)
5. Cotton candy treats in pastel-colored popcorn boxes (source: Embellished Paper)
6. Option for your bridal party: Lime green “Quick Visit Dress (source: ModCloth)
7.  Option for your bridal party: Pink “Viterbo With the Flow Dress” (source: ModCloth)
8.  Patterned pastel bow ties (source: Bow Ties and Bliss)
9. Cute bridal look: short white dress over pink tights (source: Wedding Belles by Kate Spade)
10. Floral print buntings (source: JHP Couture)
11. Spring-themd table setup (source: Events by Sarah Elizabeth)

See my Funky Spring Wedding inspiration board on Pinterest for more!

Reminder: You still have three days to join our Fascinator Giveaway Contest.  Stand a chance to win a lovely plumeria feather and organza feather fascinator, a $60 value, includes international shipping, by Fascinate Me!  Contest ends on Wednesday, March 14. Enter here.

Sneak Peeks 

sneak peeks

Come back this week to see what these images are all about!

Custom Mobile Cases + Giveaway Contests

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Custom Mobile Cases, Giveaways | 0 comments

In case you haven’t had a chance to explore it yet, Poptastic Bride Boutique offers funky wedding invitation collections with fun original graphics (like robots, tandem bikes, mixtapes & boomboxes, origami cranes, and more) in bright colors. We also have customisable fingerprint trees, wedding binders, and cute couple shirts.

custom cases for iPad, iPhone and smartphones

What’s pretty HOT right now are our custom mobile cases — customisable cases for your iPads, notebook computers, iPhones and other smartphones featuring our signature designs. Personalize them with your name(s) and you’re all set. You can even get matching ones for you and your sweetie. 🙂

Samples from our collection.

Love Birds (Day) casematecase
Love Birds (Day)
Love Birds (Night) casematecase
Love Birds (Night)
Robot Love (His) Personalized Case for Couples casematecase
Robot Love (His) Personalized Case for Couples
Robot Love (Hers) Case for Couples casematecase
Robot Love (Hers) Case for Couples
Owl and Pussycat Personalized speckcase
Owl and Pussycat Personalized
Robot Love speckcase
Robot Love
Robot Love Personalized Laptop Sleeve for Couples electronicsbag
Robot Love Personalized Laptop Sleeve for Couples
Owl and Pussycat Personalized electronicsbag
Owl and Pussycat Personalized

New designs will be added soon but for now you can also check out our other store Funky Patterns for custom mobile cases with fun prints.


Photographer Christi Falls (whose gorgeous work you’ve already seen in Laura & Ke’s Black, White, and Red DIY Wedding at the Arbors is holding a fantastic giveaway valued at — hold on to your seats — $7,000.o0!

christi falls photography and coordination giveaway

If you are a super fun awesome couple with unique, over-the top ideas, you can win the prize! (That sounds like you, dear Poptastic Bride reader!)

Here’s what’s included in the prize:

  • exclusive, full day {up to 8 hours} wedding photography by Christi Falls Photography
  • assistant photographer
  • $1600 album credit {Equivalent to an 8×10, 80-100 page Couture Book with non-leather cover}
  • online ordering gallery
  • complimentary engagement session {or day after / rock the dress session}
  • ($5000 value)
  • Complete Planning, Design and Day of Wedding Coordination with Jill from Events by Design including assistance with Venue and Vendor Selection.
  • ($2,000 Value)

Total prize value=$7,000

Don’t pass up this one-in-a-million chance! Entries are open until midnight April 18 and finalists will be announced on April 25, 2012.

Get the details on how to join from Christi herself right here.


REMINDER: You still have a week to join our Fascinator Giveaway Contest!

Win this lovely plumeria feather & organza fascinator, a $60 value (+ worldwide shipping!) by etsy seller Fascinate Me. Enter the contest here.

Certified Poptastic 10: Typography-inspired Details + Sneak Peeks

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 1 comment

I hope everyone’s having a lovely Sunday! I didn’t get to do one last week but I’m back with the regular roundup of funky-pretty things that caught my eye — and heart — these past few days.

Today I am featuring typography-inspired wedding details which are perfect for graphic designer and/or art director couples (or anyone who appreciates good type).

typography wedding inspiration

Just my type: A typography inspired wedding styled shoot, found on Green Wedding Shoes

50 fonts

Typeface love:  a list of pretty fonts (some of which are free for personal use!) for your DIY invitations, found on Snippet and Ink.

typographic wedding cake

Fontilicious: A typographic wedding cake designed and created by My Sweet Saucy

typographic shoes

Typographic Shoes created by Scott Wilson, found on the Behance Network


I also want to share some super cool reader submissions with you…


Pretty Singapore-based Filipino bride Rachelle showed me stunning photos of her and husband Ron’s Trash the Dress session shot in various locations in Singapore.

singapore trash the dress

singapore trash the dress

From Rachelle:

Ron and I met in highschool. The year was 1997. Sparks didn’t fly at first but when it did, it never stopped. We became really good friends before taking it up a notch higher. And it has been a thrilling roller coaster ride since.

Photography by Metro Photo. See the rest of the session on their site!


Denver-based photographer Meredith Moran tells me that she’s recently fallen in love with the idea of video Save the Dates — quick little videos capturing a couple’s relationship and love to announce their engagement.  Below is a link to the sweet video she made for engaged couple Joe and Mary Beth.

Joe + Mary Beth Engagement/Save the Date from Meredith Moran Photography on Vimeo.


REMINDER: Win a beautiful customizable plumeria feather & organza fascinator by Fascinate Me (a $60 value + free international shipping)! Joining is simple and free, enter the contest here.

Finally, here are sneak peeks of what you can expect to see on the blog this week so make sure to stop by!

sneak peeks