Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

NEW: Custom Couple Portrait Wedding Save the Date Cards

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Funky Wedding Invites, New at Poptastic Bride Shop, 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. ūüôā 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 by 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! ūüôā

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 by 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? ¬†ūüėČ 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!) ūüôā

* 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 by 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‚Äôt 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¬†‚Äėsalty‚Äô¬†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 ‚Äúbars‚ÄĚ have been quite popular so we went a different route and did a Gus‚Äô 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 ‚ÄúCrazy Little Thing Called Love‚ÄĚ.

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‚Äďdecadent, 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.

20 Fun Non-Traditional Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, DIY Projects, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

non-traditional wedding ceremonies

How to include meaningful touches in your ceremony to make it unique, personal and memorable!

Here on Poptastic Bride, we focus on weddings that aren’t cookie cutter, not for the sake of being irreverent or different but for the purpose of making it truly your own. Here are examples of how couples I featured in 2013 made their weddings truly theirs.

colorful diy backyard wedding

1. Design your own ceremony

This creative couple invented their ceremony completely from scratch! The seats were set up so that guests would be sitting around them in concentric spirals. There were long ribbons that ran along the spirals. The rings were threaded through the ribbons from the outer edge, allowing each guest to touch and pass on the rings through the ribbon and help them make their way to the couple in the center. It was their own take on “ring warming” and it symbolized how each guest played a role in the couple’s union. After getting the rings off the ribbons, the ends of the ribbons were then tied together.

From Amelia & Mike’s Colorful Spirals-and-Ribbons-filled DIY Backyard Wedding, photos by OhKarina Photography

handfasting ceremony

2. Incorporate elements from your heritage

This couple included a hand fasting ceremony based from the groom’s Celtic heritage.

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

handfasting ceremony

3. Get your family involved

The couple’s immediate family were involved in each of their vows. The bride’s sister performed a song on her ocarina as a symbol of the couple’s love for music; the groom’s mom read a poem that the bride’s late grandfather had written; the bride’s father presented an artwork that depicted the couple’s adventures; the groom’s brother led the hand-fasting with cords he knotted himself; the bride’s mom led their unity ceremony wherein they planted flowers; and the groom’s father led the ring warming. A patchwork scarf itself was made by the groom’s sister, meant to drape over the couple to symbolize their promise to keep each other warm and safe.

From Dagny & Andrew’s Cute, Colorful and Cozy DIY Eco-Friendly Wedding, photos by OhKarina Photography

circus wedding

4. Decorate the space with unique handmade elements

The bride’s father built the altar piece and they hung glass spherical vases and put candles inside them. The couple also included their daughter in their ceremony — they gave her a necklace to symbolize their strong family bond.

From Melissa & Jeremey’s Colorful and Creative Vintage Circus-themed Wedding, photos by BellowBlue

double knot wedding

5. Make your own wedding ceremony ritual 

Because this couple had already “tied the knot”, they thought of “double-knotting” their marriage. Instead of a unity candle, they joined two ropes using a fisherman’s knot. As the bride put it, “With tension, the knot only grows tighter; the separate ropes will snap before the knot comes undone.¬† With marriage, we will face different hardships, but the pressure will only serve to strengthen our bond.”

From¬†Veronica & Chad‚Äôs ‚ÄúPurple, Turquoise, and Peacock Feathers‚ÄĚ Zoo Wedding, photos by¬†Tekoa Rose Photography

wedding with rose ceremony

6. Involve your loved ones through a special ceremony

This couple didn’t want a traditional unity ceremony so they did a rose ceremony .¬†Each member of their family put a red rose in a vase for the couple. Their mothers gave them two white roses, which they exchanged and put in the vase.

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

DUMBO wedding

7. Hold your wedding in the place where you had your first date however unexpected that venue may be

This couple had their first date on the steps of Brooklyn Bridge Park so that’s where they had their ceremony!

From Erika & Hayward’s Artistic and Eclectic Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Loft Wedding, photos by De Nueva Photography

architecture themed wedding

8. Hold your wedding in a venue that represents you and your interests

This architect couple had their ceremony at a church that was known for its unique structure. As a bonus, they ended up with stunning wedding portraits!

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

nyc bookstore wedding

9. Love books? Hold your wedding in a bookstore (or a library).

Wall to wall books provide an interesting backdrop. From the bride: “While Tom was searching for a special place to get married, he stumbled upon¬†the Housing Works Bookstore in a blog with amazing photos that captured the¬†warmth and spirit of the celebration we wanted. He proposed the idea to me¬†and I agreed that the bookstore was the perfect place for us and we knew we¬†didn‚Äôt need to look anywhere else.”

From Chrissy & Tom’s Chic and Cozy New York Bookstore Wedding, photos by Sarah Tew Photography

dia de los muertos wedding aboard a ship

10. Love traveling? Hold your wedding aboard a ship.

This couple had their wedding aboard the Queen Mary which made it a unique and memorable experience for them and their guests.

From Elsa & Alex’ Dia de los Muertos Wedding Aboard the Queen Mary, photos by Jason Burns Photography

NOLA wedding

11. Love music? Hold your wedding in a live music or concert hall.

This couple chose the House of Blues because it was one of the first places they met and they both love music. The hip, colorful vibe also reflected their funky nature.

From Megan & Stephen’s Offbeat and Funky House of Blues NOLA Wedding, photos by Catherine Guidry

theatre wedding

12. Too cool for tradition? Look for alternative venues… like a local independent theatre.

This couple wasn’t particularly religious and they wanted their wedding to reflect their offbeat selves so they found a local theater. They got married right on stage and before their ceremony, they played a homemade movie on the screen with lots of funny clips of the two of them.

From Alexandra & Roger’s Intimate Non-Traditional Wedding in a Theater, photos by Justine Johnson Photography

voodoo wedding

13. This is extreme but if you can hack it, why not? Get married over and over again all over the world.

Lisa & Alex are quite famous on the internets for getting married all over the world AND having different themes for each of them. (See 2 People 1 Life). I was lucky enough to have featured their Voodoo themed wedding which happened to be their 28th ceremony. As of this writing (Jan 21. 2014), the just had wedding #56 in Turkey!

From Lisa & Alex’s Voodoo Marriage in New Orleans (wedding No. 28 for this couple!), photos by Imagine Photography

toilet paper vows

14. Ease up the tension. Make your partner laugh by doing something fun and silly.

From the bride: “My personalized vows were written on toilet paper to look longer then it is, and to be used if I started getting teary eyed.”

From Elizabeth & Chris’ Beautifully Blinged-up Purple and Orange DIY Wedding, photos by Maria Angela Photography

mexican party wedding

15. If it suits your theme, set a festive tone early on in the ceremony.

This celebration’s theme was “A Mexican Wedding in Montana” . Barefooted flower girls danced and twirled like little whirling dervishes down the aisle, shaking their maracas in lieu of flower petals.

From Tana & Tom’s Festive and Colorful DIY Mexican Wedding in Montana, photos by Fran Ze Photography

story reading at a wedding ceremony

16. Include a special reading from a beloved storybook.

This couple’s ceremony included the reading of a children‚Äôs book, “A Lovely Love Story”, read by a bridesmaid. From the bride: “We felt the book depicted us and our relationship rather well, while also showing our love of books and all things quirky.”

From Laura & Orion’s Glamorous Vintage-Style City Wedding, photos by Candace Jeffery Photography

sing your wedding vows

17. Sing your vows or treat your bride (or groom) to a special surprise performance.

From the bride: “When our unity candles wouldn‚Äôt light (that we placed in lanterns so that wouldn‚Äôt happen lol) he took over and surprised me by singing & playing a song that he wrote for me for that day.¬†:)¬†Greatest moment I‚Äôve ever had. He forgot the words a few times and made up silly lyrics on the spot which made me love the song all the more!”

From Anna & Beau’s Sweet Cheery Yellow and Grey Wedding with Rustic DIY Details, photos by Berg Photography

walking down the aisle

18. Walk down the aisle to music specially customized for you.

This couple had their friends rewrite and rearrange a song, “Cross My Heart” by George Straight. The original was way too “country-twangy”, according to the bride, so they rearranged it to a John Mayer/Jack Johnson version. “They sang it as I walked down the aisle. I cried the whole way down the aisle. It was beautiful and I was overcome with joy. What a special moment it was.”

From Melissa & Mark’s Rustic and Romantic Starry Summer Night Wedding, photos by Imagine Photography

church pews outdoor wedding

19. Bring the indoors outdoors!

Both sets of parents wanted a church venue but they did love the venue. To please and honor their wishes, the couple laid out church pews in the garden. They even had free standing doors to add to the church feel.

From Audrey & Brian’s Elegant and Rustic DIY Estatoah Falls Wedding, photos by Cariad Photography

80s wedding recessional

20. Celebrate your union and dance your way down the aisle.

I know that dancing processionals / recessionals are already quite popular all over but I wanted to include this couple on this list because of their awesome retro song choice: ‚ÄúWhat a Feeling (Flashdance)‚ÄĚ by Irene Cara which started playing as soon as they kissed.

From Steph & Sanj’s Fun and Whimsical Hand-Crafted Wedding with an 80s Kick, photos by Devic Fotos

Did this roundup inspire you to personalize your own wedding ceremony too? Feel free to share this list with your fellow brides!

*  You might also want to check out these Alternative Wedding Readings From Indie Rock Love Songs
*  or these 20 Ideas for a Unique and Memorable Nontraditional Wedding 
* Here are other ways to personalize your wedding
*  For further inspiration, here are tons more funky wedding ideas